I like to gather information about my student before guns are loaded and targets fly. I inquired about goals, priorities Texas Rangers Youth Jersey , targets shot per month and problem areas, all to better understand who Mr. Bittlekirk was and where we were going.
His questions were insightful and showed forethought coming into his lesson. He?d studied under a good teacher who, he felt, had taken him as far as
he could. He was here to learn, understood there was no magic involved and that
progress would come only after some work and possibly change. We were off to a
A strong intermediate shooter, Mr. Bittlekirk was straightforward in his approach to shooting. There were a few surprises for Mr.
Bittlekirk along the way and that?s what gave me the idea to write this piece.
I?d like to share with you some of the dialogue Toronto Blue Jays Youth Jersey , questions and answers as we moved forward and through his time with me. As with most men, it isn?t just about shooting
methods. It always goes a little deeper than that and I don?t mean that to be
derogatory. It?s just that our gender brings certain ideas and beliefs to the
table. Which brings us to his first comment as he took his gun out of the
?Dan, I really don?t like to miss.?
?Because I get frustrated easily after a miss and everything seems to go down hill from there.?
I didn?t wince when I heard it but knew that I would be devoting some of our time to sorting this out.
It didn?t take long for a teaching opportunity to present itself. The target didn?t look all
that difficult and actually wasn?t. But it had a trick in it he didn?t spot
right away and the target curled away, under his shotstring every time. Four
times to be exact. Before answering his question about where he was missing, I
asked him to take a few seconds to consider why. We?d already discussed the
solution on the previous field. Discouraged, he shrugged his shoulders. I again
suggested the small adjustment to the upcoming shot. Closed to suggestions and
bent on the unpleasantness I knew was coming Washington Nationals Youth Jersey , he wasn?t listening. After all, he was frustrated.
?The target?s not that hard Dan. I know I can break it!?
Mr. Bittlekirk was visibly determined. Arms and forehead knotted up, three more shots went astray.
I called a time out and asked politely, ?What is our objective here??
Looking at me like I was an alien he said, ?To break the target.? Now I?m used to that answer and waited for the right
?The objective here is to use good form.? Tired from struggling, he thought about that and nodded. Once more Chicago Cubs Women's Jersey , I suggested the small adjustment in his swing. X. X. X. All was well in his world again. But I also knew this was only
until next time, which would likely be soon. So, to reinforce our objective I
shared with him that breaking targets is very seductive. It?s completely natural
and downright logical to believe that because we did break the target, what
we?re doing must be right. This isn?t always the case as evidenced by our
misses, caused by the inconsistencies in our game. Until we can expose and
account for those inconsistencies we?re doomed to repeat them. That?s where
performance plateaus come from. I reminded him that this wasn?t a criticism,
just a truth we eventually have to confront if we?re serious about
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