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Jake Di Vita

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    A lifetime of training for just 10 seconds.
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  1. Jake Di Vita

    Who else loves "The Test"?

    This is like asking me to go out and prove that I can shoot a 4 second bill drill. I have better things to do. Sorry but I don't care whether you believe me or not.
  2. Jake Di Vita

    Who else loves "The Test"?

    Yeah not only is that not challenging, it wouldn't even be that hard to do if the par time was halved to 5 seconds.
  3. Jake Di Vita

    Proper fundamentals yet staying relaxed

    I train by myself almost exclusively as well. Videoing yourself is absolutely a useful tool. Through the years I've developed my proprioception to a pretty decent level so I have a really good idea of what my body is doing even just by feel. Diagnosing video of yourself where you compare what you thought you were doing with what the video shows you did is a great way for building the connection between feel and reality. Anderson's call it and leave it drill is really good for entering and leaving positions. It's probably worth buying his 3rd book Get to Work just for that drill alone. There's a lot I disagree with Steve about but as far as match mode and his drill call it and leave it, I think he's absolutely dead on and the value of those two things is more than worth the price of admission. Very good question. The correct method for entering is the method that enables you to fire an accurate shot at the earliest possible moment. Vice versa the correct method for leaving is the one that gets you moving out of position as soon as possible after or while firing the final shots in the position. The methods I prefer is what I learned from Max and Travis in the only class I've ever taken. Here is a video of him explaining it. Generally it is preferable to keep a consistent level as opposed to standing up when you arrive into position. It is also a good idea to keep the gun high during movement for many reasons. A par time can be a useful gauge of progress in dryfire and driving that par time down can be valuable for getting you to move or fire sooner (faster). You must be your own harshest critic.
  4. Jake Di Vita

    Proper fundamentals yet staying relaxed

    The fundamentals of USPSA. Grip, stance, shot calling, presentation to target, draw, reload, enter position, leave position, shooting on the move, etc. There is no secret sauce. Become so good at the basic stuff that it draws the attention of people watching you. Make all of your movement crisp and clean....that means no extra motion beyond what is required to get the job done and executing the skills in a consistent way. An example of this is getting the same grip everytime or calling every shot at the match consistently. Improving movement in USPSA is mostly about shooting earlier when you come into position and leaving a position at the earliest moment possible after your last shot. Shooting on the move is mostly about training to maintain stability of the gun independent of what your lower body is doing. It's easy to summarize in a paragraph but in reality what I just said requires thousands of hours of work. The answer of how to get better is almost always go back to the basics.
  5. Jake Di Vita

    Proper fundamentals yet staying relaxed

    Relaxing your body is overrated. It's achieved cliche status at this point as far as I'm concerned. What you see in top tier shooters is extremely high skill in the fundamentals of USPSA that have been forged in countless hours of work. Whenever you feel like you've hit a plateau, go back to the basics and start over with the fundamentals. Focus on executing the common skills uncommonly well.
  6. Jake Di Vita

    Training advice needed

    I don't have a lot of time at the moment but I'll throw a few things out there for you to chew on. The first question is: Do you possess the ability to go to a match and shoot within your comfort zone for the entire match? Anderson refers to this as Match mode. If you don't possess this ability, you need to focus on developing it before Nationals otherwise all the work you put in from now until then will not be taken advantage of. If this is something you struggle with I like Steve's practice method which is dry firing with only leaving acceptable shots and making up anything that isn't acceptable. Acceptable shots for this purpose are alphas and close charlies. If you do possess a dependable match mode then the answer is relatively simple. Spend the next 4 months consistently challenging your skill at all the fundamentals of USPSA. Make the goal to do the common everyday stuff uncommonly well. Execute the skill well, then gradually increase the intensity (speed) until you fail. Then, correct the failure at the same speed that caused it. Rinse/repeat. This is called threshold training and it's the most natural thing in the world. Obviously the programming of the training is to be worked out on a case by case basis, but the gist of it is you need to get reeeeeeeeeeallly good at the fundamentals and have a bulletproof match mode. Those two things will be the primary arbiters of your success.
  7. Jake Di Vita

    Moving Targets

    It isn't easy, but it is simple. If you're trying to practice for moving targets without practicing on moving targets, I don't know what to tell you but good luck. It's not at all expensive to build your own dryfire swinger, you can even build it out of PVC. Not only will it teach you different methods of shooting a swinger, but it gives you the ability to practice tracking the A zone on a moving target.
  8. Jake Di Vita

    Moving Targets

    Practice on moving targets. Extra points if you build yourself a swinger to use in dryfire.
  9. I scoffed when I saw this. Just to make sure I wasn't crazy, I checked. He dropped 138 points in 2010. And that is before penalties, of which there were many. The circumstances required for it to be logical to make up a C are so extreme that one should basically assume it is never worthwhile to do. I wouldn't even consider it unless the HHF for the stage is way under 5. I've seen maybe 2 stages with a HHF that low in 20 years.
  10. Jake Di Vita

    Shooting Open gun by feel

    I shoot most open targets 5 yards and closer through index without any trouble whatsoever. Had a good example of this at a match last week. 3 targets basically arms length away at the start. I didn't even have the cmore in the line between my eye and the target on any of them and was done with the first 3 targets in 1.58. Those 3 targets were 4A 2C with the charlies being 1/16th inch off the A line in the center of the available target on a no-shoot partial. The hit factor of that area of the stage was about 17 (with the stage HHF being 13ish)...I'll take that every single time. Could I have done better by seeing the dot for every shot? Not likely. The key is you need to have trained enough for that strategy to be viable and completely repeatable on demand. If I was coaching a C class shooter with a crappy index through the match I would have told him to see the dot on every one of those shots. The best strategy depends entirely on the circumstances.
  11. Jake Di Vita

    Cold Hands

    If your hands are getting cold throughout the course of the match I think it's safe to say you need to layer for the weather more appropriately. Keeping your core warm is critical to keeping your extremities warm. Try and keep your hands moving as much as possible on top of hand warmers if necessary. I've shot matches in single digit weather quite a few times in Michigan and if I kept my body warm enough I often didn't need gloves or hand warmers. I find the stress of dryfire works particularly well at warming my hands up if they get cold at a match. I try to make a habit of getting 10-15 minutes of dryfire in at the safe area before the match to prep my hands for the first stage.
  12. Jake Di Vita

    USPSA MI Sectional Championship - June

    True story. -one of the chumps
  13. Jake Di Vita

    Arm/Elbow Straightness

    Don't lock your joints. Locked joints are not good for taking any type of impact energy. I usually recommend a mostly straight arm position. A slight bend is no big deal, too much of a bend sucks and locking the elbow in absolute end range of extension also sucks. Forcing your elbows up puts your shoulder into a compromised position (which is internal rotation in flexion). A more biomechanically efficient position is created by externally rotating the shoulder through all ranges of flexion. I've spoken about this at length in lots of other threads around here.
  14. I'll attribute this to your eyes....lol
  15. I wouldn't worry much about it until you get and try the new shooting glasses. I know nothing about what can be done to mitigate your problem, but if it ends up being not physically possible for your eyes to call shots with iron sights you might consider switching to open or carry optics. It seems like a dot would be much more vision friendly to your particular situation.