“What’s the best way to begin to learn a new skill? Is it by listening to a teacher’s explanation? Reading an instructional book? Just leaping in and trying it out? Many hotbeds use an approach I call the engraving method. Basically, they watch the skill being performed, closely and with great intensity, over and over, until they build a high-definition mental blueprint.”
I remember getting some my first shooting videos.. Back when we actually had vhs tapes. I watched them over and over, noting what the top shooters looked like as they executed their skills. I can distinctly remember watch the top pros at the nationals on a DVD as well as Eric Grauffel in his series in slow motion to break down movements. I was blue printing without knowing it.
1. DVD’s are soon a thing of the past, yet I still suggest them if you can find them. Simply because you can watch them at different speeds.
2. Hit YouTube and search for the top pros in your shooting sport. Don’t get bogged down in the junk, instead pick well done videos of technical experts. Watch them during a time of mental “enjoyment” to further the imprinting. For example, I LOVE my morning coffee and combining something with visual learning that I like makes it even more enjoyable. Consider using headphones to get great sound and block outside noise.
3. Repeat daily for 15 minutes at you personal “prime time.”
Excerpt From: Coyle, Daniel. “The Little Book of Talent.” Bantam Books, 2012-08-21. iBooks.
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