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How many times have you heard the old saying: practice makes perfect? If this is indeed true, then why doesn’t everyone perform perfectly every time, or even most of the time? What is going on? I have been attempting to find out the answer(s) to this question my entire professional coaching career (45 years) and it has certainly proven to be an interesting endeavor.

Here is the closest that I have come to an answer:

  1. Not all “practice” is created equal. Going out and shooting the course with friends is not practice. It is shooting the course with your friends.
  2. You must practice the “How”, “What”, and “Why” of your game. You have to know, understand, and explain: how to do (everything) correctly, what you need to do, and why it needs to be done.
  3. It takes time and effort – usually much more than you think it should.
  4. It takes really good instruction. Learning how to shoot correctly and consistently is not common knowledge and it is very difficult to teach yourself. Most people do not take lessons (or not enough really good lessons).
  5. Everyone has limitations. Some people will only ever be average. There is nothing wrong with that!

The list could go on forever, but there is no need to do that. The most important thing to remember about shooting sports (or any other sport for that matter) is to have fun and enjoy what you are doing. Decide how much effort you are willing and able to put into becoming better and make the commitment to get it done, one step at a time. If you have any questions about practice,lessons, or shooting sports in general – feel free to contact me anytime!

Happy New Year,



A great day in Grand Forks, ND with fellow CSM instructors: Donny Roth, Rhonda Young, and the late Don Dietrich.