Focus on Your Target; Improve Your Scores

by
posted on July 31, 2017
rhode-beretta.jpg


Has your mentor or your coach ever told you to focus on the target? Do you know what that means and really how to focus on a target? Or do you just look and see the target as it moves across the field?

No one's eyes can focus on more than one thing clearly at a time. To demonstrate this, hold out your thumb at arm's length; think of it as your gun barrel. You'll notice that if you stare at your thumb the background goes fuzzy. You are certainly aware of the background, but it is not clear. If you look at the background and make it clear to your eyes, your thumb becomes unclear. This is the same when shooting. As the target flies across the field you have the gun barrel and the target. You must stare at the target and make it clear. You are aware of your gun barrel, but the target is where your eyes should be focused.

As you sit and read this article look at a wall in the room. Really look at all the details; there may be a light switch, pictures, windows with curtains. Look at the wall and how everything on the wall is clear. Now pick a small spot on the wall: a picture, a light switch-something small-and make it as clear as you can make it. Focus your eyes on the small object or spot. Now look away. When you look back at the wall you will automatically look back at the small spot that you picked to focus on. Every time you look at the wall you will see that small spot. Use this same technique to focus on the target.

Pick a point on the front of the target or the bright orange dome that the sun is hitting and make it crystal clear. Again, you are aware of where the gun barrel is but your focus is on the target and the target becomes crystal clear. Only when you see the target clearly, and you are you truly focused on the target you're going to break, and you're practicing this focus on the target, will you improve your score.

 

Latest

Trailblazer Lifecard
Trailblazer Lifecard

NRA Family Favorites: September 24, 2022

We love our readers ... and we also love to read! Here are some of our favorite stories from around the whole family of NRA publications this past week.

Video Review: Stoeger STR-9C Semi-Automatic Pistol

This popular striker-fired handgun has been perfected for deep concealment ... at a very affordable price.

Higher Education for Juniors Who Love Hunting & Shooting

Five factors to consider when you're making your college applications.

Henry Guns For Great Causes: $50K to Shadow Warriors Project

Private contractors serve America in wartime, too. Henry Repeating Arms and Shadow Warriors Project won't forget.

First Impressions: Barnett Slingshots

Might your family enjoy slingshotting? Stranger Things have happened ...

Throwback Thursday: Aldo Leopold, Father of Modern-Day Wildlife Management

"After seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view."

Interests



Get the best of NRA Family delivered to your inbox.