Lesson #17 – Shooting Under Pressure

Focus: Shooting Under Pressure

10 minutes – Discussion Points/Important Questions:

Why is it harder to shoot under pressure? We lose our focus on the process, distracted.  

What is a process focus? Good position, heavy trigger, stopping breath, good sight picture.

What is an outcome focus? I want to hit the targets, I need to hit 5, I just hit 4, now I need one more.

Why is it better to focus on the process? Keeps us focused on what we are doing in order to achieve our goal, rather than distracted by what our goal is. 

15 minutes – Head Out to Range, Zero, Confirm, and Start 10 Minute Warm-up

35 minutes – Combo Practice Working on Session Focus

What to look for: Athletes with clear focus in set-up. Athletes can answer what they are thinking about in their shooting, good or bad. Try to direct to process goals as much as possible.

25 minutes – 1 Skill/Drill Based on Focus: 2min Test

Targets can be Automatic or Manual but someone should be there to reset and change the targets for those shooting standing. *

Athletes start behind the mat, they will need 4 clips. Traditionally they will shoot Prone, Prone, Standing, Standing. For younger athletes, they will just shoot prone 4 times. This test is timed, for each miss, they receive 10 seconds added to their time. Lowest time wins.

1 Game: 1 Shot Fence Race – Targets on Manual

Athletes shoot one shot at a time on the target, getting up and skiing to fence after each shot. Goal is to hit 5. Let athletes until first 3 are finished and then stop so some athletes aren’t stuck going forever.






Equipment Needed: Z/C paper, timer/stopwatch – watch or phone