Did you miss me? I know, I know! It seems like forever since my last SHOOT Quick Tip. I have oh so many things to catch up on for the blog, but first on my to do list was to get back to sharing weekly Shooting Tips and answering a question I get asked a lot…
How do you cope with match pressure?
It’s so easy to get caught up in how someone else is shooting or worse, worrying about what you think someone else is doing on the range. None of that really matters because the only outcome you have control over is your own performance. Because some shooters have trouble tuning out the competition they end up avoiding it all costs. They’ll dodge their fiercest competitors in hopes to place higher in the results.
That plan might work for some matches, but what happens when that shooter has to compete with their rival? What if it’s the biggest match of the season? That’s double the competition stress!
Instead of avoiding match pressure, learn how to perform your best no matter who you are competing against. Challenge yourself by squadding with better shooters and learn everything you can from them. Try to shoot with your greatest competition whenever possible to help decrease your sensitivity to their performance so that you are better able to focus on your own mental game.
For more useful information on shooting please check out my other shooting tips right here on the website and also read more in my book, SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition available in both print and eBook from these and other fine retailers…