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There's a wealth of knowledge in this thread, thank you. I especially like the idea of practicing pertinent match skills. Analyzing my dryfire, i probably do too many draws and DA trigger pulls. And my best improvement comes when i call my shots in a match. I'm still working on honing that and doing it on every target though

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For me the biggest leap in skill I experienced was from taking a class. There are lots of people who can help you shave years off your learning curve. Find one you like, save up the money, and go.

Until then, you need to take a hard (and very honest) look at your own performance and figure out the one thing that's costing you the most time. For example, it won't do you much good to shave .2 off your draw if you can't call your shots, have to take three pokes at every popper, and get 5 Ds per stage.

Early on I was extremely fast but dropped tons of points. Eventually I figured out that my own problem was in stage programming (as opposed to planning). I would program the pace I imagined shooting, and I found myself shooting that pace regardless of what I saw. Now I program the acceptable sight picture for each shot I plan to fire. The speed ends up being the same in most cases, but now I know where all the bullets went.

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The one thing I see in this entire thread is "commitment."  When we are committed to something we identify where we need to improve and seek out the resources to make that improvement.  At some point in my shooting career I decided I was committed and THAT'S the one thing I did to really improve.  (this may have been the point at which I decided to get a USPSA tattoo! HAHA!) 

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Buy Steve Anderson Books. Practice the dry fire and live fire drills regularly. Create a real practice schedule. Listen to his podcast for all sorts of tips and good info on how to improve your mental game.
Call your shots and shoot at your current level of skill on match day.



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On 10/14/2016 at 1:59 PM, rowdyb said:

not pull the trigger unless the sights were where they needed to be and how they needed to be for that particular shot. the discipline to let that change and adapt and accept it, at speed and on the fly.

 

Sights every time, even on close burner targets. Dry fire practice watching the sights on transitions and the draw and etc....sights sights sights.

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I'm hitting my first year anniversary since starting to shoot uspsa - around 40 matches this  year.

My training method at this moment is writing down my stage plans and taking video of stages and then comparing the two later - and then thinking what did I do well, where did the plan fall apart and why, and how/where can I shave time.  I'm starting to think stage plans need to include lots of detail.

Anyone know a good online resource / links -  or is that getting too personal?

 

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13 hours ago, scroadkill said:

I'm hitting my first year anniversary since starting to shoot uspsa - around 40 matches this  year.

My training method at this moment is writing down my stage plans and taking video of stages and then comparing the two later - and then thinking what did I do well, where did the plan fall apart and why, and how/where can I shave time.  I'm starting to think stage plans need to include lots of detail.

Anyone know a good online resource / links -  or is that getting too personal?

 

 

40 matches? That's awesome. Are you training in addition to shooting matches?

 

What sort of resources are you looking for? Help stage planning? 

 

 

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16 hours ago, scroadkill said:

I'm hitting my first year anniversary since starting to shoot uspsa - around 40 matches this  year.

My training method at this moment is writing down my stage plans and taking video of stages and then comparing the two later - and then thinking what did I do well, where did the plan fall apart and why, and how/where can I shave time.  I'm starting to think stage plans need to include lots of detail.

Anyone know a good online resource / links -  or is that getting too personal?

 

 

Not really answering your question...but if you want to improve your skills then stop shooting so many matches and trade those for practice days.  Matches are not practice.  Matches do help in ways such as stage planning, stage experience, mental preparedness...but its not practice.  Matches are just a way to judge your current level of skill.  If you want to get better at skill X, you must spend time on focused practice on skill X.  Then go shoot a match to realize that skill.  

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18 hours ago, CrashDodson said:

 

Not really answering your question...but if you want to improve your skills then stop shooting so many matches and trade those for practice days.  Matches are not practice.  Matches do help in ways such as stage planning, stage experience, mental preparedness...but its not practice.  Matches are just a way to judge your current level of skill.  If you want to get better at skill X, you must spend time on focused practice on skill X.  Then go shoot a match to realize that skill.  


I also host private outlaw matches where I can adjust focus on fundamentals - usually on area that are giving me the most trouble.  I can use this range for solo live fire practice when time permits. I'm guessing my ratio is 1 real match per practice session or outlaw match but I hate going more than a week without a real competition of some sort.

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re:  What sort of resources are you looking for? Help stage planning? 
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yep. I'm doing well on shooting everything I shoot at, 80%A no mikes/no fte  - My splits and reloads are solid and not an areas I'm worried about.
I'm closing in on 75-80% of division winners time-wise.

I'm in the hunt for more efficient stage plans and execution.

Today I'm going to try to break down stages into

being really aggressive on the beep - the draw and the first 2 steps - really popping coming out of the box (NEW)
counting targets per positions,
target order per position - L to R or R to L, hard to easy, far to near etc, cardboard then steel etc.
identifying good entry and exit targets per position,
gun up in work space and on target on entry target (NEW)
really popping out of positions on exit (NEW)
identifying good targets for shooting on move,
eliminating shooting positions when possible (NEW)
reload visual queues
and # of steps / low quick shuffle between positions (NEW)
minimizing number of steps. (NEW)

rehearsing the plan  while resetting/pasting and
REALLY visualizing the plan on the make ready (NEW)

comments welcome.

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On 8/18/2014 at 5:56 PM, Nimitz said:

Train the way Ben Stoeger taught me to ....

Specifically, give up the idea that you need to learn to shoot accuractly and the speed will eventually come .... It will never come, you must force yourself to learn to shoot accuractly AT SPEED ...

Agree with 1000%.

Accurate then speed is for beginners.

Force speed and find accuracy is what I am working on. 

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