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First time using a psychotrigger
« on: October 18, 2019, 04:57:58 PM »
So, I finally decided something has to be done about my target panic once and for all or I gotta give up the trad bow (and thats not happening).  I did joel turners online course when it was iron mind and Ive got his target panic dvd.  I like a dead release so I ordered a handy clicker with the idea I would use it on my bow hand.  It hasnt arrived yet so I went to the pet store and bought a dog training clicker for $2. 

I tried that out for the first time today.  Im doing my best to maintain focus on my “keep pressing” mantra and to back out of the shot should I get distracted or flinch.  I definitely had a few where I punched the trigger and a few collapses of the bow arm but most shots are solidly controlled.  The accuracy seems to vary from shot to shot but I think that’s normal in the beginning? 

For those of you who went to the joel turner system, do you have any pointers or things Im missing?  Thanks in advance.  Ill work as hard as I need to to beat this gremlin once and for all.

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Re: First time using a psychotrigger
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2019, 06:39:44 PM »
Something clicked for me two weeks ago after over a year of shooting with psycho triggers. It was a random thing Joel Turner said on a podcast, namely that the subconscious needs three punches for a knockout. On top of my shot process that I talk myself through, I now tell myself "Do this right" three times. Once before I draw, once as I reach anchor, queuing me to establish my back tension in the right direction, once more after I verify sight picture, and commit to pushing through the trigger.

That last time is the real killer. It locks me on my full commitment to keep pushing, keep pushing, keep pushing (Which I'm telling myself as I go). Suddenly, pop, the arrow is in flight before I can screw it up.

In order, my mental vocalization is this:
1. "Do this right, or not at all"
2. "draw and anchor" (I naturally establish my aim here as well.
3. "Do this right!"
4. "Tension in the right direction" (establishing increasing elbow pressure aimed slightly down and behind me, just like Terry's J hook)
5. "Here I go"
6. "DO THIS RIGHT!"
7. "Keep pushing, keep pushing, keep pushing" (which is the finger movement for my grip sear)

And then the arrow is gone, and I assess the shot.
But those three orders to do it right made all the difference in commitment level for me.
Malachi C.

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Re: First time using a psychotrigger
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2019, 06:10:22 PM »
Jim Casto's TP recovery program...nuff said.   :wavey:
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Re: First time using a psychotrigger
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2019, 08:13:50 AM »
Doing it this winter after hunting season.  Actually just from using a handy clicker for 3 or so weeks now, I can shoot controlled shots without one as well.  I doubt that would last though so I shoot with it all the time.

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