I am in general a fan of watching myself shoot on video. Not for the vainglorious reasons, but rather because it gives me an opportunity to critique my performance from outside my body. I can’t see my body mechanics and presentations when I’m shooting, so the only feedback that I have is my front sight and the target results. One thing I do recommend is to allow some time to pass in between when the video was filmed and when you go back and watch the tape. You need to be able to look at it with fresh eyes that aren’t still dwelling on how good/bad the performance was. For example, the video below was shot at the end of July – sufficient time has passed that I can watch those two stages and look at my performance and think “why did I do that?” in a couple of key areas.
There’s a reason that professional athletes watch film of themselves – even amateur athletes and C-class shooters can benefit from it as well.
Care to do a play-by-play of what you need to work on in this video? I think it could be interesting.
Sure! A big one is movement and loading – I need to be much more explosive in my starts and more decisive in my stops when I’m moving in and out of shooting positions. A lot of that is simply a physical training issue. Good example of that is right around the 0:20 mark, where I shoot the two poppers and then move to another position, it’s not very fast. Around 0:29, I completely ass up shooting that swinger. In fact, I struggle mightily with swinging targets; those were my greatest areas of fail on this particular match.
On the second stage video, again I get a slow start out of the shooting box, that probably cost me anywhere from 0.5 to a full second on the time. Other than that, I was actually very happy with how I shot that particular stage.
Man how I wish the SR9C was out when I was looking at carry guns..probably would have got that over the P250C..though I do love my misunderstood Sig.
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