Most interestingly, I shot the target shown above. The 5 shot string got off to a bad start, I wasn’t mentally focused and let loose a seven. That kind angered me and caused me to focus more. I proceeded to pop off four tens in a row. That result lit a few bulbs for me upstairs. For one, I’ve come to notice that unlike when I first started shooting, now I shoot very well when I put pressure on myself. I’ve noticed this at matches as well. Match pressure no longer manifests itself as a “fear” of not performing well, rather, now it manifests itself as a sort of motivator to do well. And it made me realize that mentally I’m not 100% focused on each and every shot. In the target above, after the seven I just decided I was going to shoot only 10s and did so.
But how to return to that mental state for every shot? As usual, something new to practice, I guess?!