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Joel Park

Bar Hop

Purpose/Goal: 

Disconnect the shooting from your lower body/movement. 

 

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Setup notes:

For this drill you should lay a stick down on the ground to use to step over.

Instructions:

At the tone, engage each target with two rounds.  Move to the opposite side of the stick and engage each target with an additional two rounds.

Make sure that you both start and finish the drill in a proper shooting stance. Do not accept an off balance or narrow stance, especially when you are finishing the drill.

Important note: The purpose of this drill is to “blend” the two shooting positions together using the stick as a contrivance to force you to move. The intent is not to view this like a competition fault line to assess penalties, but just to give you a mechanism to force you to move.

 

 Cues:

If you are more robotic in style and not fluidly engaging targets on each side of the stick, start thinking in terms of shooting the targets continuously instead of a shoot-move-shoot mindset.

Get your stance wide so you do not have to drop step to move. You should have minimal extra or false steps.

When the targets are close (10 yards or less), you might find it helpful to force yourself to continuously be shooting. Your string of fire should sound like four targets being shot. From the sound alone there should be no indication that there is a stick you are stepping over. Use this cue with care and make sure you do not induce marksmanship issues by forcing yourself to shoot more aggressively. 

Corrections:

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 If your hits are trending in the direction of your movement, make sure you are shooting target focused, and not sight focused. Look at the spot on the target exactly where you want to hit.

Ensure you are ready to move again when you finish a repetition of the drill. This does not show up on the timer when you are at the range. However, failure to develop the correct habit will hurt you in a competition setting.

Evolution:

In addition to varying target difficulty and direction of movement, you should feel free to adjust the distance of the actual movements from one engagement to the next. You need to be proficient in all sorts of circumstances. Make sure you are creating these circumstances in your training. Refer to the drills for mounted and unmounted movement if you are unclear on this idea.

 Tips:

Experiment with different footwork styles. You may “cross step” or “long step” depending on the circumstances. Cross stepping does a good job of facilitating close ranged shooting while you move. Stepping long and getting stabilized lends itself to shooting this drill at more distance. Experiment for yourself and understand what works for you.

The hard part of this drill is fulfilling the requirements of shooting in the appropriate places (feet on the correct side of the stick) along with making your shooting style fluid. It will require training and repetitions to make this feel comfortable and smooth. The key thing to keep in mind is your gun should stay up and ready to go and you should always be looking to engage the next target.

This drill is a good one to use video on. The assessment of your movement style is virtually impossible to do without seeing it from a third person point of view. If you do not have a training partner watching you, be sure to check what is going on by using video.

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