pre match ritual

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  1. mr.big

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    I have made this into a habit,,I watch the Carlos Hathcock interviews the night before any match I will be shooting,,,hoping I can stay in my bubble for about 6 hours tomorrow,

    I have tried to embed the video to start at 7:10 but I am not doing it right,,if you want to watch it all is fine but the part I try and get in my brain starts at about 7:15 into it

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  2. R.Morehouse

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    I like your ritual............:cool:
     
  3. tn6br

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    There’s a lot of truth there. It takes a huge mental effort for me to get in that bubble sometimes. If i could calm down and bring myself to that level of focus every time i sat at the bench it would be a game changer.
     
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    My prematch ritual is to bitch about how tired I am, how hot it is, how bad the sun will be in my eyes, how bad the mirage is, how bad the wind is blowing, and how I switched lots of powder. It pretty much covers every scenario for when I don't win the match.:D
     
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  5. Mr. Ten-X

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    Pre match ritual...

    #1 - Make sure all gear is in order and double-checked so that when you hit the deck, nothing has been overlooked.

    #2 - BS with all of your friends.

    #3 - Separate yourself from everything else and focus intently on range conditions, for at least 15-20 minutes before you fire. Establish a firing parameter that will bring you your best possible score.
     
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  6. swd

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    My pre match ritul usually happens on my way to the match and involves second guessing myself and stopping somewhere down my half mile long driveway and making sure I put the bolt back in my rifle after cleaning it. After that I'm GTG.
     
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  7. jr600yd

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    My ritual? Making sure I get up at the right time.
     
  8. Regnar

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    Excellent post.

    Although I am two years into this game, I am not new to competion and have competed at high levels in several as l sports.

    What he Carlos says about not know he won because he was concentrating so hard is true. when I competed in skeet, when I was shooting the best I never really knew or remembered what was going on or where we were in the round. I would concentrate so hard that I could see the ridges in the clay target. everything happened on slow motion.

    The best shooter in the world, wayne Mays,to have me the best piece of advice I ever got. If you are counting your misses you are not concentrating on what you need to be in order not to miss.

    Tgat is what I try and do now. I try to visualize the match on the way there. At the match, I try to zone out and watch the conditions. when not shooting I watch the good shooters on the line and try to see where they drop points and what the conditions look like. Even if they clean it, I can learn from where there group is. is it up wind? Is it centered?

    All that helps me get into a zone when I lay down behind the rifle.
     
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  9. JeffT

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    I like to sacrifice a chicken
     
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  10. JohnKielly

    JohnKielly Australia, not Austria

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    Can I come to the fry?
     
  11. JeffT

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    Sure
    Probably Raton in September
     
  12. Ringostar

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    The Longshots team has done this at nationals already. Not cooking to eat, but actually tossed one into the fire pit.
     
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    Don't forget to add "I'm fireforming" to the list when things really go bad!
     
  14. USMCDOC

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    That isn't pre ritual, that is post walk of shame!
     
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    LOL!!!
     
  16. JeffT

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    Sorry but it's a Spindle Shooter ritual. Started at Raton in 2013.
     
  17. Ringostar

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    Ok when I seen it at 2016 nationals, I believe that they shot as a combined team. There were members of both teams around the fire.
     
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    I have found that getting the ammunition loaded a week or so ahead of time does help with a big match. Loading the gear and going through everything for a few days also helps get me ready. Leaving no unfinished business is important, such as paying the bills and fixing that roof leak so to speak. My wife has instructions to not call me with any problems not necessary.
     
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  19. Mr. Ten-X

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    Coached a fellow that was using my rifle while fireforming cases for a long-throated Dasher during a team match @ 1000yds at Harris MN. He fired a 200-10X...his personal best score. He eventually bought the rifle and was never quite able to better that score.
     
  20. mr.big

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    it`s been a month,,,UBR match tomorrow

    I would really like to set a personal best in at least 1 yardage tomorrow,,,,or 4 targets at 200 yards with no 9`s regardless of the score would tickle me to death,,,,anything over 260 at 100 or 248 at 200 would be a really good day for me,,

    I hope everybody has a big time and nobody gets hurt wherever your shooting tomorrow.
     
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