For sure starting with the hands and arms relaxed. Just pick the gun up out of the holster and get it on target without wasting energy or motion. If you feel the draw rippling up your arm and into your shoulder as you get your hand on the backstrap, that's a sign that you're putting way too much energy into your draw. Start with a casual draw of 2 s or so where you can stay relaxed, then see how things change as you pick up the pace. Tension will build as you do so, and you'll reach an obvious point where consistency goes out the window. Stay below that point in matches LOL!
You're building your grip and as you drive the gun toward the target.
Try holding your gun out on front of you with a loose grip, then slowly build pressure. You'll feel the tension move up your arm, past your elbow, into your shoulder, and then your chest and back. Keep the tension distal of your elbow and you should be fine.
Disagree. This is based on wasting a lot of time and money on such an approach. More than once, because I'm a slow learner.
Obsessing over classifiers and getting to whatever class is the best way to ensure that it will take as long as possible. Probably even more so than not practicing. The problem is that you're building performance and outcome exceptions that will make it very difficult to stay relaxed when it's your turn to shoot. When the buzzer sounds, you want to step aside and let your subconscious mind just shoot in the present tense without thinking about the outcome.
I took a quick look at your recent match videos, and you're not lacking for shooting skill. It's interesting how much better you're shooting on the club match ones than the GA Championship. They're close enough in time that I don't think the improvement is entirely attributable to technical skills. I'm guessing it's more a result of you looking particularly wound up shooting the GA Championship stages?
All of my classifier runs for GM felt like casual affairs at the time. The buzzer went off, I dropped the hammer on a bunch of sight pictures that were good enough for Alphas and a few close Charlies, the end.
I'd recommend shooting a variety of drills and learning what kinds of sight pictures and trigger pulls you can get away with on various target presentations. Try doing a mix of match-pace runs where you're shooting them as if in a match and push runs where you're rounding off the edges and see how the hits turn out. Sight pictures can be shockingly bad and still result in Alphas if your grip is neutral (not torquing the gun) and you're pulling the trigger straight back. Shooting 25-yard Bill Drills is a really good way to refine your grip and trigger technique. When you're dialed in, splits in the low .30s are entirely doable. Learn what that feels like.
For drawing down on a single 7-yard target at a match, I'd expect my first shot to be a hair over a second. In practice, I know that I can get down under 0.90 s, but I'm not consistent at that speed and wouldn't push that hard in a match.
Splits of 0.20 are entirely reasonable on 7-yard targets but not particularly interesting. Almost anyone can do that. What's far more useful is pushing toward 0.25 splits on 15-yard targets and 0.30 splits on 20-yard ones. Split times at distance and on partials are one of the big differentiators between the people in contention to win a match and the pack.