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LOL! Yeah Buddy, that is a tough shot … a small target …  a windy day … untrained muscles … but certainly a great rifle. A lot of those shots, if done in one setting, can work their way into your mind which effects your shooting. If I was in that kind of situation, I wouldn't take more than 15 shots at a time. Then I would sit down, contemplate … go over every nick knack of my shooting fundamentals in trying to score on this target … think about something else for awhile … remember how enjoyable the sport is, instead of how frustrating it can be at times. BECAUSE, if you don't, you run the risk of forming a mental block and mental blocks are incredibly easy to form and very time consuming to get rid of. I'm sure you know, the hardest person in the world to beat is yourself. I've seen your other videos … you are good … okay, more than good … you have talent and a gift. You have a lot going for you with your ability to read the wind, but reading the wind correctly wont help much until you and get those muscles in shape to do what you are asking them to do. Don't be too hard on yourself, we all have bad days. Pressure is only pressure, it's yours to do what you want with it. Tomorrow is a new day


Shalom aleichem


Thanks John! All good point you have made.  I played collegiate golf back 20 years ago and I use a lot of the practice techniques we used back then for muscle memory.  I would burn through a dozen buckets of balls with just one club targeting the pin at 100 yards with my wedge over – and over – and over again. I got to the point where I knew before impact if it would be good or just a tad off.  That for me is the value of the high repetition.  The "misses" don't frustrate me at all. It isn't always the end result of the good shot – but identifying what I did wrong in the sequence to be more mindful of that "thing".  Breathing – stance – arm position – cheek pressure – how I hold my mouth – how many blinks – was my hat properly squared on my head backwards.  HA!  It all comes into play.  

One thing I would like to pass onto you all about what I am doing is a HUGE recommendation is to DITCH paper targets for doing this kind of stuff. The satisfaction of the ringing of steel each shot – even though I didn't hit the ball gave me a nice little audible positive affirmation you don't get with paper.  The fact that I could ring steel over and over and over again at this range was hugely satisfying.