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  1. I do not agree. In my opinion, being physically relaxed does not make you fast. Having proper body tension combined with an effective grip and stance manages recoil more effectively than the same grip and stance while being relaxed. Better recoil management means less gun/body movement. Less gun/body movement leads to faster shooting and better accuracy at speed. You can still be very fast and accurate while being relaxed, but in my opinion you'll never be maximizing your ability.
  2. Being physically relaxed is massively overrated...Being mentally relaxed comes from proper preparation and experience.
  3. Why? How do you think this will make his competitive shooting better? More to the point, how do you think closing one eye costs him match points? I highly doubt he's running around the stage with only one eye open the entire time. It likely just happens when he starts to aim. You're saying to put this at the top of his priority list, I think that should be reserved for things that will give him the highest return on match points. I don't think shooting with both eyes open will ever be more valuable than the brick and mortar skills of uspsa. I've completely reworked my grip and stance multiple times after making GM. Year long rebuilds.
  4. You aren't plateauing because of shooting with only one eye open. Unless you're busy face shooting people, shooting with both eyes open isn't that big of a deal. You also aren't going to make any significant changes in 20 days. My general rule of thumb is that it takes about a year to make a significant change in your mechanics.
  5. Hey man if that's what you want to do, more power to ya. For me, that isn't nearly enough. I don't want to just survive one handed stages...I want to dominate them. You'd be surprised how many match points you can pick up on these stages if you excel at them because most people do just try to survive them and/or have less formidable ability in the first place. Minimum 2 days a week I do all dryfire drills freestyle, strong, weak. On the rest of the days I still try and devote 10-15 minutes to it. We all have limited practice time. Most of my dry fire is done when sane people are sleeping. The extra time devoted to one handed shooting is worth it. I don't think you fully appreciate just how valuable it is.
  6. Locking joints is in general bad practice for absorbing energy. Try to go for straight but not locked. Slightly bent is also acceptable.
  7. Couple of things. It's really not about how much you see that at your matches. It's about becoming as good of a shooter as you can possibly be. In general, the type of person that thinks they don't need to practice it much because they don't see it much are the same people who will get bent over by a weakhand stage when they do throw one in or you run into it at a higher level match. Eliminate your weaknesses, regardless of whether or not you get bitten by them often. Getting better with your weak hand will also improve your general gun handling ability. If you become a savage with weakhand only, some of that ability will transfer over to strong hand only and freestyle. Shooting with your offhand will teach you things that you'll usually gloss over and not notice when shooting freestyle.
  8. Yeah, if only it actually worked like that...but it doesn't. If you shoot slow, you'll be slow. That's totally fine. The way to improve that is to train on the edge of what you're capable of. Most weak hand problems can be corrected over time with just an hour or so of focused dryfire per week. People just avoid doing that like they avoid going to the dentist.
  9. Whenever I hear this saying it makes me want to jam ice picks into my ears. Slow is not smooth. Slow is slow and smooth is smooth. They have a miniscule causal relationship with each other.
  10. Yeah...assuming about 10 yards, 1.25 draw and 1.5 reload is extremely conservative for GM level ability. Even in matches where I regularly shoot at 80-85% pace I'm still usually faster than those quoted times, and I'm nothing special.
  11. Well thought out strength and conditioning program with MobilityWod > Yoga > ... > ... > Shakeweight > Tai Chi
  12. I shot at stage at a Rayner's local match a long time ago. The stage was 6 rounds required. Big wall with two swingers behind it that you could only see in the arc. Popper to the left of the wall activated the left swinger, popper on the right activated the right swinger. My first attempt at the stage I shot it activator, activator, one, one, one, one (one shot per pass per swinger, they made 2 passes each). It was our last stage so I shot it again with a different plan (not for score of course). 3 rounds left popper, then 5 or 6 rounds at where the swinger was going to appear as fast as I could, 3 rounds right popper, 5 or 6 where the swinger was going to appear as fast as I could. Each swinger only made one pass. The 2nd method was multiple seconds faster with 3 hits on each target. I found it interesting that shooting ~18 rounds on a 6 round stage produced a way higher hit factor. I'd like to play around with that 2nd method more in practice. Shooting fast swingers that you can't trap conventionally requires reacting when you see the target appear. That other method requires no reacting at all. I'm not necessarily recommending that to anyone, just interesting food for thought.
  13. Just finished reading the article. My first thought is I really need to read the full papers of the studies that were quoted in the article before I decide what I think about it. When it comes to shooting I do think good old simple rushing is going to be a larger cause of choking than the left side the brain interfering. I appreciate the author's efforts although I don't think there is as much meat here as is suggested. That being said, it wouldn't be bad to give it a try. Might be interesting to track a full season of matches without "priming the right hemisphere" then tracking a full season ball squeezing and compare the two. I'd bet there are at least shooters that would even benefit from a placebo effect. For me, I'm probably just gonna keep dry firing. I feel the best ways to prevent choking is preparation (The law of seven P's rings true to me) and mindset.
  14. I'm sure it is. Unfortunately taking the easier path almost never leads you to peak performance.
  15. Why not just dryfire? You'll still warm up your forearms, wrists, and fingers and it's a hell of a lot more applicable than squeezing balls, as fun as that might be.