How fast do you wanna go?

Posted on June 17, 2016

If you're a competitive pistol shooter you're probably obsessed on some level with being "faster". But what exactly does that mean?

First I think you need to know if you mean faster than you are now or faster compared to an outside standard. I think a key to this is record keeping on a level appropriate for your time and personality. You absolutely need to be using a shot timer if you want to get faster, by any definition. You can't rely on feeling or match results. When you're able to know what your time is, and track it relative to time and specific practice then you can see if you're getting faster. Whether measured against yourself or a national champion.

(I can tell you what I shot a Bill drill in 4 years ago, I have it written down. You don't need to be that extreme.)

Secondly, faster at what? Generally we think of the things you do shooting or the non-shooting parts of competition. Want to know your draw, split, transition, reload, movement, total time? Yep,  you need a shot timer. Looking at the data from the shot timer you can look at all of this data or just the part pertinent to your current focus, either shooting or non-shooting related aspects of your sport.

Alright, let's sum it up:

  • Use a shot timer. Dry fire and or live fire
  • Record the data and know your baseline times
  • Know what is fast for yourself and what is fast for world class
  • Focus on one skill at a time
  • Speed can't be forced but it can be learned and trained
  • The Paradox of Speed, what feels slow in your mind often is very fast in real life
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