Monday, September 24, 2012

On Practice

Several of us have been big fans of Steve Anderson's dryfire book... Recently Steve launched a Facebook page and has been chronicling insights over there. You definitely want to check that out:

A great nugget from this past weeks Wednesday:

We've talked about how to practice and what to practice, but what about WHEN to practice?

I believe the most important thing is to set a schedule and stick to it. When I was OBSESSED with making GM in open, it went like this:

Monday: 1 hour dry fire AM, 1 hour dry fire PM

Tuesday: 500 rds live fire AM, 1 hour dry fire PM
Wednesday: Same as Monday
Thursday: Same as Tuesday
Friday: Same as Monday

Saturday: Local match if available or rest
Sunday: Same as Saturday

And because the goal was GM, I was doing what would become the first 12 drills is the first book. They work VERY well for improving classifier scores.

If i recall, I made GM in under a year. This was starting with a foundation as an A class production shooter.

So if two hours a day gets you to GM, what would it take to be top 16? What would it take to win nationals? Exponentially more.

And this goes back to level of participation... I'm not saying that you have to do an hour a day. But I will say that If you don't do an hour a day, you're not serious about RAPID improvement.

And once you start handling your gun EVERY morning, it begins to become a part of you. It actually feels more normal to hold a gun than to not hold a gun. That's very good for the self-image and is very calming.

And if you're one of those who loses focus when the timer goes off, imagine what happens when you hear that timer go off for 2 hours a day. No more fear. It becomes normal.

It's just what you do.

So ask yourself what you want.

Decide what you're willing to do to get it.
Set a practice schedule and stick to it.