We asked four collegiate coaches for their views on the following hypothetical question: “I have practiced dry-firing and sight-picture drills to train my eye and trigger finger for a controlled, well-timed shot. Our local club coach tells me my position is correct (head erect with a well-supported position, etc.). Are there any exercises or weight training that will help reduce my ‘wobble area’ and stabilize my hold, or should I just concentrate on my sight picture and accept a certain amount of movement?”
We generally agree that “shooting is 90 percent mental,” but apply it in very personal ways. When a coach emphasizes the need to focus, for example, one shooter’s interpretation may be to bear down and think harder, while the next may visualize “living in the moment” and relaxing.