Jake Di Vita

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    A lifetime of training for just 10 seconds.
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  1. Ya, absolutely. If your match pace is 85% of your max speed, I'd much rather be working at 85% of .7 rather than 85% of 1.2. You're never done improving any skill. We hear all the time that you need to work on the low hanging fruit. There's definitely validity to this but it implies you no longer work on areas where you're already strong. I want to improve my weaknesses but I also want to bolster my strengths.
  2. Yep, that's fine. Fortunately this is one of those sports where there's no reason you can't be highly competitive deep into the 50s and maybe beyond with the proper maintenance. I think you're in a good place for 4 years...I'm pretty sure I was still B class 4 years into shooting.
  3. Maybe, but at the top level those tenths of a second matter big time. I've lost matches by a tenth of a match point before more than once. I don't think one should ever use reasoning along the lines of "well it doesn't matter that much" as a reason to not have uncommonly good ability in a mundane skill. Reloading is one of many fundamentals of USPSA. Usually the shooter who executes the fundamentals the best over the course of a match will win that match. If you want to compete at the elite level all fundamentals need to be highly developed.
  4. An excellent reload is something that signifies to me high level gun handling ability, which is obviously a significant factor for match performance. No you usually don't win a match based off reload ability, but generally if you have a crappy reload there's a pretty good chance the rest of your gun handling ability is kind of crappy too.
  5. Why is that? If I were you, I'd spend the next 3-4 weeks really pushing the pace in both dry and live. Then starting in June I would continue pushing hard in dry fire and use your live fire to tighten up to a consistent pace for the matches. Regardless if we're looking at this realistically, you've got about a year of work ahead of you to really see results from the change in practice.
  6. There's your problem. If you don't focus on stretching your abilities, they don't stretch. The good part is you have a lot of practice you can fall back on in matches for shooting within your comfort zone. As you improve your speed and accuracy at 100%, your 85% will naturally become faster and more accurate as well. In my opinion, it's time for a large amount of damn near recklessly fast practice. Both dry and live. The only practice in your comfort zone that I'd want you to do is within the last week leading up to a major match just to get the feel of your comfort zone back. This is good advice in principal (especially for lower class shooters), but as you're finding out you can't shoot slowly and win against high level competition. In matches cautiously aggressive is right where I want to be. That is shooting within your comfort zone, but pushing a bit where you know you can based on your abilities. They may appear to be more aggressive than you, but I bet most of them are still shooting within their comfort zone....their comfort zone has just been expanded by likely practicing at a much more aggressive pace day in and day out. Sure. Absolutely. I have the same problems. You should see how many times I've butchered reloads and movement in some of my match video on youtube. I've shot thousands of stages in my life and the number of stages I think I shot flawlessly can be counted on one hand. Since everyone will make mistakes, the goal needs to be for your mistakes to have as minimal of an impact on your score as possible.
  7. What's your current weekly practice schedule look like and at what pace do you normally practice? If you don't already, I'd recommend you start taking copious amounts of notes about your practice and matches. It may not be realistic to shave .07 off certain areas (such as splits on a 5 yard target) but may be very reasonable to shave .25 or more off other areas (such as entries and exits). The more notes you have that you can refer to the easier it will be to decide where to put your effort. Break down practice and match video of yourself constantly. Also something to think about after your major matches this season...If you've never practiced with a dot on your gun it can be an extremely valuable training tool. Shooting a match at 85% of your ability isn't a bad thing...that's about where I like to be as well.
  8. Yes, .15 transitions to A's with irons are absolutely possible and repeatable at this distance. Further than 7 yards or 1 yard apart makes it a lot more difficult.
  9. Yes, although it obviously depends on the distance we are talking about.
  10. That seems a bit high. That's a 2 second draw with five .4 splits. I'd be more inclined to say 3.0 seconds (something like 1.5 and 5 @ .3) for iron sighted divisions and 2 - 2.5 seconds (1.25 and 5 @ .25) for open.
  11. My pleasure. I'm happy to have helped.
  12. It's more than just semantics. We're talking about two different skills. As I'm sure you know, you can make large mistakes shot calling even while staring at the sights the entire time. We know that having the ability to aim and look at the sights does not necessarily translate to accurate shot calling. The short time component of the window of opportunity you have to call your shot can't be simulated in dry fire. You can't depend on the results of calling your shot in dry fire to be the same as in live fire. That doesn't mean don't do it, it means when it comes to shot calling you aren't going to get much out of it. If your problem is looking away before you complete the shot, you can work on that in dry fire. The problem is there are a lot of people who are really good at looking at the sights, aiming, and pulling the trigger in dry fire but still can't call their shots for crap. If you want to become skilled at shot calling you gotta do 90% of the work in live fire.
  13. Ultimately I contribute here because this forum has done a lot for me in the past and I love teaching enough to want to do it whether I'm being paid or not. If you're that hung up on being paid for the data you collected, good luck with that. I have shared and will continue to share all of my knowledge and experience because I love the sport and love helping people improve (edit: I'm not saying you don't, I'm just giving my reasons). I don't keep trade secrets behind some perceived paywall. Whether a small number will use it as you and I have or not is irrelevant to me. You have a right to your position, but I don't share your opinion/philosophy.
  14. Considering that shot calling is based on where the sights lift from at the beginning of recoil, removing the recoil from the equation removes the variable that makes shot calling difficult. What makes shot calling hard is that you have about a hundredth of a second to take a mental snapshot of what the sights/target look like. It's really hard to effectively train that skill when there is no similar time component. Everything you're saying is true, but I wouldn't call that practicing shot calling. What you're talking about is more practicing how to aim. Aiming/executing the shot is not the same as shot calling.
  15. Shot calling is on the short list of things that you can't really effectively practice in dryfire.