The three shot cycle:Most novices, approach their training/practice sessions in the most haphazard manner, as result their performances/results are also just that. To be more organised, I have discussed the ‘shot cycle’, the detailed discussion on the same is in the Mental Training thread.
As the chinese saying goes, “A journey of a thousand mile, must begin with the first step” and that step, to my mind, must be taken correctly.
The sequence of actions, SOA, as discussed if followed to the letter, will provide a quantum jump in performance. However, the novice should take small steps, hence the introduction of the three shot cycle, which works as follows;
1. Work out your shot cycle – SOA. Try to keep it simple.
2. Once you are reasonably satisfied with your shot cycle, then implement it in your training session, by preparing yourself mentally to shoot 3 shots or 3 shot cycles.
3. I would advise you very strongly to keep a check on your self talk, be positive all the time.
4. Put a lot of emphasis on ‘feel’, related to grip, stance, balance, mental confidence while rehearsing, trigger finger placement, sight alignment and ultimately the follow through.
5. Complete the three shot cycle, without analyzing too much.
6. After completing the three shot cycle, identify only one error. Take it to the rehearsal step in the SOA, commence the next step only after you have mentally rehearsed the correction with a positive outcome (mentally).
7. Keep working at it, till you have sorted out the error, before moving on to the next,
Please note, that mental discipline is the essential ingredient for your success. Hence train your mind to focus 100% on each step of the shot cycle.
Novices are advised, to take plenty of breaks, between each three shot cycle, since this is new to your mind and it will rebel. You will feel very tired and drained out, hence replenish your body with plenty of liquids.