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Guys my problem is not with accuracy, although I could be much better with dot acquisition.  My issue is with forgetting to shoot targets.  Maybe I run past a window and forget there were 4 targets there.  I cannot be the only one with this problem.  How or what do you do in your mind to ensure you cover all targets? any mental drill? lol

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I used to have this problem, well have it less. What helped me is walking the stage. And walk it again. And again. If I’m not first up, watch some one else shoot it not for their plan, but see what they are shooting at. Then go paste targets so I become more familiar with the COF.

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Read the WSB, pay attention to the round count. Walk the stage and count the targets and make sure these numbers match. If not, you forgot one. 
After that set your plan, and review it 100 times until it's your time to shoot. You should be able to close your eyes and run through the entire stage in your head at that point. Most new people don't walk the stages enough. Maybe they think they are in the way of other people or something, I dunno, but I see it all the time. The worst shooters at the match will walk a stage once, think "I'm good", then go stink it up....I wonder why. 

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14 minutes ago, Chapo said:

Great advice.  Will definitely do more walks before it begins.  Comit it to muscle memory

More walks help, but the other key is to make sure that you’ve actually accounted for all the targets. 
 

What I do is listen to the stage briefing, then read the written stage briefing to see the round count, and number/types of targets. Then, before I start my walkthroughs, I find all the targets and make sure I’ve accounted for the correct numbers. 
 

If it’s a “memory” stage where the presentations are confusing and it can be difficult to avoid double counting targets, I will sometimes walk by the targets to count them instead of trying to do it from the shooting positions. 

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2 hours ago, DKorn said:

More walks help, but the other key is to make sure that you’ve actually accounted for all the targets. 
 

What I do is listen to the stage briefing, then read the written stage briefing to see the round count, and number/types of targets. Then, before I start my walkthroughs, I find all the targets and make sure I’ve accounted for the correct numbers. 
 

If it’s a “memory” stage where the presentations are confusing and it can be difficult to avoid double counting targets, I will sometimes walk by the targets to count them instead of trying to do it from the shooting positions. 

great advice thanks

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I play suduko and push for speed. expert levels are best where you have to look for and use lots of different algorithms to solve the puzzles.  Playing hearts against the computer helps with memory.  Caffeine before and during a match helps with focus. 

I get to the local matches at least an hour before to walk stages and develop stage plans - typically by myself. Its a good skill to develop, but I will steal an idea or two during this time.

Once our squad takes the stage I avoid watching others shoot the stage before I shoot so I don't get tempted to borrow theirs.
 

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15 hours ago, Chapo said:

Great advice.  Will definitely do more walks before it begins.  Comit it to muscle memory


Patch more. And don't always patch the same front targets. Sometimes looking back can help you spot something. Just don't be that guy who carries patches, does a walk through after every shooter and then discovers... "oh all the targets are patched, I missed out on patching". You'd be suprised how often that can happen 🙂 

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On 6/22/2022 at 10:29 AM, Chapo said:

Guys my problem is not with accuracy, although I could be much better with dot acquisition.  My issue is with forgetting to shoot targets.  Maybe I run past a window and forget there were 4 targets there.  I cannot be the only one with this problem.  How or what do you do in your mind to ensure you cover all targets? any mental drill? lol

 

Show up early before the match so as to get your mind prepared

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