Yet another 1st place finish for DSS 1...the result of solid shooting fundamentals and long term focusby Shawn Claussen on 11/24/13
I had the privilege of shooting the November USPSA match at the Chillicothe Sportsman's Club in Chillicothe, IL. This match was extremely well organized and run. Chuck Varnold was the match director and he was especially accommodating to me and Jacob as he allowed us to shoot the match first knowing that I drove there directly from work.I have said it before, you meet the best people at USPSA matches.
I was fortunate enough to take 1st place in Production division. I attribute that success to shooting consistently utilizing solid shooting fundamentals. Nothing fancy, just what I know works best under some stress. This brings me to my next point. I shot what I consider to be a not so good match. On the first stage , I blasted a no-shoot which gave me a10point penalty. Now I could have gotten all poopy pants about it and let it affect me for the rest of the match. I knew that there were two stages left and if I dwelled on that errant shot it would have mentally taken me out of the match. I remember what my former Captain and and NRA Distinguished Master Bill Davis told me when I first started competing in PPC "Those shots you just fired are now gone. You can't do anything to bring them back to recount for a higher score. Forget about them. Rededicate your focus on your upcoming shots." I just applied his logic for the rest of the match and shot Stage 2 clean which ultimately led the way to a match victory.
Being mentally focused will get you through a lot of things. It is why it is such a critical component of the DSS shooting methodology.
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