As I wrote last time, preparation is key in every aspect of my shooting. I prepare to fire each shot. I prepare myself for each event. I prepare my equipment for competition. I have spent time preparing in the shop, at my range, at tournaments I attend–plus testing loads, testing skills, testing ideas. Hours and hours of thought have gone into each single point. I have to believe that, indeed, if there is one word that sums up my approach to shooting it is “preparation.”
Training is the active aspect of preparation. There are two very distinct avenues that training can take, and these each then fork into different paths or trails.
There is practice in the sense of testing, proving oneself to oneself by shooting a score. It’s following the match format and recording all shots. This might be done on the range during the week or at an actual match. Look at the score, reflect on it with respect to conditions and expectations, and see if it’s acceptable.
Another, more important (to me) direction of training is doing all those things that enable me to get there–to get to the point I can shoot the match or practice session.
This training might be described as all the other things done to enhance the performance under match conditions. That might include exercise, visualization, approach or focus experiments and so on.