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Starting Out: Refresher of the Basics

Have to start with the basics.  Fundamentals are critical and before starting high volume training we must have the best technique possible.  Grip and stance are absolutely fundamental.  To test grip and stance we strongly suggest engaging in rapid shot drills to validate grip and stance.  The Heckens videos go through the the fundamentals with a slant to providing information for instructors.  The series of 6 videos are directed to shooters whether they are starting out or experienced.  A few of the queuing points are useful to get you body in a versatile shooting stance and grip.

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Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 1; Video 3

This is the third of three training videos on day one of training Scotti.  This segment of the first training session focuses on the how the grip should feel and gives practical queuing points on the knuckle overlap of the hands, the palm pressure and getting high on the gun.

This first serious of three videos focuses on stance and grip, but the to train these we talk about the draw.  By focusing on the draw, we can establish technique to getting into the proper stance and grip.  Also by being distracted by the draw we are working relaxation and loose muscles.  This video deals with draw grip and stance.

Coaching Points:

  • Divide and Conquer
    • Cheat the stance and be in the final stance
  • Minimize unnecessary movement
    • Less is more.  As Bruce Lee said, "hack away at the un-essentials.  
  • Be loose, relaxed, don't take yourself too seriously
    • Loose muscles are fast muscles
  • Pick you battles to focus on
    • A lot is thrown at Scotti but not too much.  
    • Issues like focusing on the front sight, or relying on natural point of aim are dealt with later.  
    • Right now she has awareness of the muzzle alignment when she breaks the shots and that is good enough for now.

Basically this serious on day 1 focuses on grip and stance, but moreover, the mindset of being relaxed and fluid.  Once relaxed muscles and fluidity are established in the ground, technique can be built thereupon.

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 1; Video 2

This is the second of three training videos on day one of training Scotti.  This segment of the first training session focuses on the how the grip should feel and gives practical queuing points on the knuckle overlap of the hands, the palm pressure and getting high on the gun.

Scotti Files: Introduction

This is the introduction to Scotti!  The wonder girl that wants to be a USPSA Master Class shooter in 12 weeks.  Skip ahead to the  first training video to see the training in action.  See the entire Scotti Video Series as videos are added daily!

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 1; Baseline

To measure growth we need a baseline.  There are many things we can measure, but to start out , we focused on the draw in this video.  

Moreover, we can analyze her technique, tightness, hand-speed, etc.  A baseline is important to measure improvement  and give Scotti motivation when she earns gains!

Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 1; Video 1

Right out of the Gates.  This is the first of three training videos on day one of training Scotti.  This first serious of three videos focuses on stance and grip, but the to train these we talk about the draw.  By focusing on the draw we can establish technique to getting into the proper stance and grip.  Also by being distracted by the draw we are working relaxation and loose muscles.  This video deals with draw grip and stance.

Coaching Points:

Mike Hughes Top Shot Train Up Videos #2

The two week train up was fast and ferious.  Here are two videos taken the week prior to going down on Top Shot Season 3.  In these videos I am focusing on training with an open gun.  The open gun has a red dot optic mounted to the slide.  This handgun has muzzle compensator so it shoots flatter (muzzle lifts less when fired).  This video shows some training related to driving reloads fast, pushing the guns limits with controled pairs.

Draw: Isolating Technique, Pushing Ourselves

We were working draws and focusing on the fundamental technique from concepts to the actual technique. The concepts include only recruiting muscles required to accomplish the desired task. The practical techniques include driving the finger tips to the gun. This progression of videos has an undercurrent of pushing ourselves and not being content with where we are at and driving our abilities to push harder.

Live Fire and Dry Fire Barricade Shooting/Awkward Shooting Positions

This is one of my favorite drills. Shooting in a crouch, around a barricade or anything other than upright is a deficiency in our performance. Shooting in these positions is a 1000 mile journey. It takes a lot of reps to get into position and shoot fast-n-accurate.

Live Fire and Dry Fire

I always train with the SIRT on the range even when I have a ton of ammo. Basically I work my shooting skill sets with drills and then go live. This saves time from loading mags, but moreover I tend to push my self harder when I shoot dry. In part because I am not burning $.20+/round, but in the end my live fire is much more productive.

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