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1st stage nervousness ...how to shrug it off?

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On 10/28/2016 at 7:33 AM, SCTaylor said:

No personal offense, but his advice is crap! If you want to shoot consistently, why in the world would you do something different on the first stage? And then different on the second?

 

 

 

Because the first stage is different than every other stage for a lot of people. It is human nature to have increased anxiety at the beginning of any competition/performance. If/when you can get past the start of event nerves then I see what you are saying. 

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I wish I knew ...I still get worked up myself....I sometimes do the same thing in trap and mentally talk myself out of targets.....

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Pay close attention to your "pre-thoughts" about each stage, and only allow those that are positive. 

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23 hours ago, IHAVEGAS said:

 

Because the first stage is different than every other stage for a lot of people. It is human nature to have increased anxiety at the beginning of any competition/performance. If/when you can get past the start of event nerves then I see what you are saying. 

 

All I mean is, channeling Steve Anderson, we have one job to do once the timer sounds.  Leave only acceptable shots on target.

 

I prepare for the first stage the same as the last. Overall, the only difference is how comfortable I am with the gun going boom. Mental prep, walk through, gear checks, pre-run routine should all be the same. Your speed at which you perform the greatest isn't going to change on match day, so do not try to control speed.

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I find that during a match, my first couple of stages aren't as smooth as the remaining stages. I.E. I "get better" over the course of the match.  I don't think it's due to nervousness...but more so just getting into a rhythm of sorts.  I think that I need to find a spot before the match where I can possibly do some drills or some live fire just to knock the rust off.  Anyone else feel the same?

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I find that during a match, my first couple of stages aren't as smooth as the remaining stages. I.E. I "get better" over the course of the match.  I don't think it's due to nervousness...but more so just getting into a rhythm of sorts.  I think that I need to find a spot before the match where I can possibly do some drills or some live fire just to knock the rust off.  Anyone else feel the same?
For me its a combination of both.....more relaxed, less nervous and just trigger time getting into the groove.

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On 8/2/2017 at 5:46 PM, IHAVEGAS said:

 

Because the first stage is different than every other stage for a lot of people. It is human nature to have increased anxiety at the beginning of any competition/performance. If/when you can get past the start of event nerves then I see what you are saying. 

 

It's not something you should worry about "getting past".  It's something you should embrace.  Used properly it is a performance enhancer.  If seen as a negative, it will manifest as such.

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On 4/27/2012 at 9:25 AM, humanoid said:

I seem to always make a stupid mistake on the 1st stage. Sometimes it costs me a procedural or points down. I am fine after that. What do you do to shrug off those beginning of the match jitters?

I like to think those jitters are why I enjoy the sport, its the competitor within. Rather than shrug them off, I acknowledge them and then double down on my focus and visualization. 

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On 8/6/2017 at 2:06 PM, theWacoKid said:

 

It's not something you should worry about "getting past".  It's something you should embrace.  Used properly it is a performance enhancer.  If seen as a negative, it will manifest as such.

 

This is deep but I agree. I also slow down I little on the first stage of a match. Probably not the best advice since I'm a newbie. Not that I walk it but I like to have a pretty solid run. Most of time I mess something up but for the most part the first stage is a positive experience because I get the warm up in that one is not allowed before USPSA matches.

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On 9/26/2017 at 7:47 AM, inkballedtarget said:

double down on my focus and visualization. 

I like that. :)

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