So, You Want To Start Shooting?

So, You Want To Start Shooting?

Here are six things necessary to start off on the right path!

Shooting is for everyone! Here are a few things necessary to go far!

First off… get a rifle.

Whatever discipline you decide to pick up, small bore and/or air rifle, make sure you invest in a mechanism that has what you need. Not every rifle is meant for every person’s body; if you are a smaller set person, you will want to look for a stock that isn’t too long and makes shooting uncomfortable

Find a place to shoot.

Search the local area for a shooting range or association that allows you to put lead down-range. Here is a link from USA Shooting that allows you to search for a club near you. https://usashooting.sport80.com/widget/clubs

Learn the positions.

Researching the basic fundamentals of the sport are necessary! Shooting prone isn’t as easy as just laying down and shooting it. He is a link from USA Shooting that can help with that.
http://www.usashooting.org/11-resources/shootinginstruction/rifleshooting

Train!

You have a gun and if you have a place to shoot, now start training! Make a consistent schedule and get over to the range to train.

Now set goals.

Throwing lead down range isn’t enough to do well. You have to train with purpose. To do this, you need to set goals. Here a link to help you set goals.
https://www.theodysseyonline.com/why-set-goals?altdesign=socialux&utm_expid=.oW2L-b3SQF-m5a-dPEU77g.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theodysseyonline.com%2Fuser%2F%40lucbkoz2%3Faltdesign%3Dsocialux

Have a positive attitude.

This speaks for itself! Have a good perspective on what happens when you compete!

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There Is No Better Feeling Than Stepping On The Field

When the whistle blows, nothing else matters.

It begins the second you step foot off the bus.

Everyone has their headphones on listening to their favorite pre-game playlist. The freshmen are grabbing the water and other equipment. The whole team is in matching warm-ups, looking game ready.

When you enter the locker room, the intensity changes. We come together as a team. We discuss our plan of attack. We hype each other up. We put on our uniforms with the intention of making our school proud tonight. We are almost ready.

Warm up is important. Its time to get focused. Every pass, every touch, every shot counts. Get the jitters out now because the second that whistle blows, nothing else matters.

Game time.

This is it. This is what you have been preparing all week in practice for. This is what your coaches have been getting you ready for. This is when you get to show your school how hard you've been working. This is when all the extra time and preparation you have put in will finally pay off.

Nothing else matters.

When you step foot on the field, you forget everything that is going on in your life and you just play. You forget about the test that you have been stressing all week about. You forget about the shots you missed during warmup. You forget about the tension that was lingering at practice.

The only thing that matters is the game.

There is no better feeling than standing in your position and hearing the whistle blow. Everything else fades away and it is just you and the goal.

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Tiger Woods May Be An Unlikely Childhood Hero, But He's Still Mine

I remember it so vividly, the moment I fell in love with Tiger.

In recent weeks, I have written a few sports articles that have turned some heads, raised eyebrows and even caused a few heated debates. Is it because I am trying to agitate people and create a riot? The answer is no. Is it because I have fallen in love with a few underappreciated sports teams and heroes? The answer is yes.

So without further ado, I present another bold sports statement that you may not agree with, however, it resonates very well with me: Growing up, my favorite athlete was and still is Tiger Woods.

I remember it so vividly, the moment I fell in love with Tiger.

I was sitting on my parents' bed watching the Masters. It’s 2005 and Tiger is wearing his “Sunday red” which essentially meant that he was in contention to win the moment he stepped onto the golf course that day. He’s hooked a tee shot about 30 feet past the hole onto a fringe of thick rough. It’s the 16th hole of Augusta National, one of the most famous golf holes in the world. Woods spent about 15 minutes with his caddy surveying the land, trying to find the right line and scrupulously scoping out the best approach to take.

Then he walked up to the ball, took a hefty swing and the rest was history.

This famous chip shot took place on the biggest stage of professional golf and only one man, to say it candidly, had the balls to go for it.

This heightened confidence and ability to be fearless with a golf shot that had more downside than it did up, was what roped me into forever loving this iconic athlete.

From then on out I was hooked on Tiger Woods. I was enamored by his poise and laser focus. I remember watching how comfortable and relaxed he looked, despite playing in front of large audiences. He was always able to block out the noise and hype that followed him, and when a shot mattered most, he was going to sink it into the cup and flash his signature uppercut fist pump.

As a kid, I wanted to be just like Tiger. Whenever I would score a goal in little league soccer or make a basket I would imitate his fist pump and yell. I wanted to be a ferocious competitor and a winner just like he was in his prime. I wanted to emulate his ability to stay focused and block out any outside pressures.



And I wanted to be the greatest of all time, just like he is.

Yes, Tiger Woods has experienced a drastic fall in recent years off of the golf course, but speaking strictly from an athletic perspective, he is to this day one of the greatest sports heroes of all time and is my favorite sports figure.

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