Focus on scores?

We all focus a lot on the scores we get. It’s natural to do this. Our family or friends reinforce this by asking “what did you get at training?” when we get home. Scoring targets is a great way of measuring how we are going and whether we are improving. However there are times when […]

Beginner’s guide to prone

.22 prone target rifle shooting is a fun way to get started in the sport. This guide adapted from an original article by the Australian Olympian and World Champion – Don Brook – provides a fantastic guide to getting the basics of the position right. Beginners guide to prone

Ammunition Testing

Good accurate ammunition is the most fundamental aspect in target shooting. Without it, spending time on training, equipment or other factors is a waste.  If you are not confident that the shots you fired will hold an acceptable group on the target, then making adjustments to your equipment setup, or your position will be a […]

Expectations & their impact on performance

Everyone, from the novice shooter to the world champion, will often experience difficulty at some point in their competitive life in terms of delivering the performance that their training and capability leads them to expect. I believe that this “weight of expectations” delivers increased pressure and the increased pressure leads us to make mistakes. Whether […]

Getting out of your performance slump

Whilst the following article has been written for the smallbore shooter, many pistol shooters may find the comments apply equally to them. Almost every shooter experiences a drop in performance at some time in their career. Whether it is a dramatic drop off in scores, or just patchy performances, dealing with the slump in a […]

Training with purpose

Over the years I have heard many shooters lament over their lack of improvement. The years go by and they always seem to perform at about the same level – the occasional high spot or good performance counterbalanced by a lower than average result, often in the next competition, with most results falling in the […]

What was the difference

by Tibor Gonczol, Pistol Shooting Coach. After spending some frustrating years trying to come to terms with the fact that OUR shooters – in general – are not producing the performances and scores necessary to be competitive in the international arena, I tried to dispel the various myths and discredit the excuses offered for this. […]

Keep calm and don’t panic!

In previous articles I have written about comfort zones and maintaining a positive outlook at the table. Sometimes circumstances combine at the bridge table to create a challenging and unfamiliar environment for players which stretches our comfort zone and tests our ability to stay positive. Recently my comfort zone was stretched when I lined up […]

Match Pressure

Pressure comes in a variety of ways in all types of activities. Bridge players are not immune to this and may also feel pressure when playing an event. Whether it is the pressure of leading the event, the pressure of expectations, time pressure to finish because you are a slow player or have slow opponents, […]

Getting in the Zone

We often hear sports commentators talking about players being ‘in the zone’. This phrase is commonly used when a player is performing well and operating within what is known as their comfort zone. The player in the zone is focussed and their mind is on their performance. Their shots and plays are coming naturally to […]