Jake Di Vita

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    A lifetime of training for just 10 seconds.
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  1. Agreed.
  2. Thank you, happy to help.
  3. Preach, my padawan. There's no such thing as "finding the time". No one has the time. Everyone is busy. Some people just make it happen while others live with excuses.
  4. You're a funny guy aren't ya. Considering that I've been shooting competitively for over half of my life and have been a GM for over 10 years, "rather large amount of work" is a significant understatement.
  5. That sounds great in theory but in the real world I think you're gonna have a hard time finding someone that has equal proficiency weak hand only as strong hand only. Regardless, that isn't even what I was saying. I know that you can get really good with each individual hand. I've put the work in because I see those types of stages as free match points since most people have not put the same amount of work in to those skills as I have. Even with the rather large amount of work that I've put in, there is still a difference between my ability with only my right hand and only my left hand.
  6. Well, what else could positive self talk be? Isn't the idea to use positive words to improve your self image/confidence and achieve better results? That sounds like ego stroking to me....maybe a better term would be ego soothing. Regardless, if saying "weak handed shooting" effects you negatively, I think that's a gigantic red flag.
  7. I get that some people respond well to the positive self talk stuff, but it really doesn't make any bit of difference to me. I feel like it's just ego stroking....to me it's better to be able to train to execute with no influence from your ego at all. I think it's a fundamental problem if saying "weak" effects your actual execution in anyway. As far as how to deal with weak handed shooting, I've found that doing 30-60% of your practice free, strong, weak in equal amounts of all drills is plenty of stimulus to maintian or create formidable strong and weak handed shooting ability. So if you're practicing 5 days per week, doing 2 days F S W is probably enough to maintain while doing 3 days F S W would be for someone actively trying to improve those skill sets. As far as time, I tend to tell everyone that to make a noticeable large change in one area of your shooting takes about a year of work.
  8. I don't see any real advantage to using left eye for left handed shooting. The angle of my wrist to forearm doesn't change regardless of aiming with my left eye or my right eye. Sounds like you just need to put many more hours in to weak handed shooting. If you want to use your left eye, go for it, but it certainly won't be a magic fix that will make your weak handed shooting better. Your problem isn't some mental block, the problem is you haven't done enough work on your weak handed shooting.
  9. You also have the option of going full blown keto. In my experience energy levels stay way more consistent throughout the course of a long match when you're burning fat for fuel rather than sugar. The mental clarity is also much better than if I'm consuming a bunch of carbs. Some jerky, nuts, and water while making sure to get some salts is ideal for me if I've spent a month or so preparing my body for it. I've gone all day at matches a few times with nothing past breakfast other than water and have been just fine energy wise running off my fat stores.
  10. I didn't watch the video but I'm sure this is accurate. I don't worry about trying to get targets inside my toes although that is exactly what I used to do. I realized if I turn my feet out more than 30 degrees or so I lose all the stabilizing torque that I was able to generate in my hips with my feet straighter. For me the slightly more comfortable transition is not worth the loss of torque in my hips.
  11. If the transition is more than 90 degrees or so I pull the gun in more to my chest/neck to facilitate faster rotation.
  12. I line my NPA up to the most difficult target in the array, then I use my legs/hips to shift my index from target to target. I do this pretty much every time, left to right or right to left doesn't matter.
  13. There's a lot more to it than that. For sure you can make just about anything work if you practice it enough. There is something to be said about aligning your technique so that it follows the same principles that govern the fundamentals of human movement. Does this make a big difference for an average B class hobbyist shooter? No, not really. Where it does make a difference is at the elite level where hundredths of a second can be the difference between winning and losing.
  14. It's not really something that can be easily illustrated in a picture. Here's a short video that touches on some of the concepts. ( part 2 here)
  15. To add a bit more to this. Arms hanging straight down would be considered neutral. Anywhere forward of neutral is considered flexion with arms straight over your head being end range flexion. Anywhere rear of neutral is extension. The most stable position of the shoulder in all ranges of flexion is external rotation. The most stable position of the shoulder in all ranges of extension is internal rotation. In order to effectively generate stabilizing torque forces in joints like the shoulder and hip, it is also important to have the head of the humerus/femur pressed to the back of the shoulder/hip joint so there is enough slack in the joint capsule to enable it to be effectively wound up, which puts the joint into it's best fit position.