Critique my Covid

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I just did the Covid online match. The 100 yard lane was taken and I was limited on time, so this is 50 yards, 1inch plate, 22lr.

Hopefully I'll be able to get out on Friday with the Creedmoor at 300yards and work on the things I learned with this go.

My favorite thing about matches/ events is learning and getting humbled. I always try to ask others what I can improve on. I don't want this match or this situation to make it any different.

This is the frst time filming myself in a "match setting". Oh boy, I looked way better in my head then what I saw on the screen... Fat, sloppy, and most my fundamentals went away.

Fat I'm working on, I'm still up 50 lbs from 2 years ago but down 25lb from the past 3 months. I know this will help everything including the positional stuff. Or maybe not, I just tell myself that to stay motivated.

I wrote a few notes down for what I saw, I'd love some critique from you all as well to see if I'm catching everything.

Total video is about 4 minutes. Watch none of it, 10 seconds, skip ahead, whatever. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks all.
 
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Congrats on the weight loss milestone. Keep up the good work!
 

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Shit man I’ll be honest, your movements look pretty damn efficient to me. I need to practice positional a lot more
 
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Shit man I’ll be honest, your movements look pretty damn efficient to me. I need to practice positional a lot more
Thank you. I feel I have an idea of what I should be doing , but lack the practice and muscle memory to build quickly and efficiently on each position. I really need to get to a hands on class.
 
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good job man. Congrats on the weight loss! Keep it up. Also, I got you beat on the fat kid status...have you seen any of my videos?

1. consider laying that gamechanger on it's side on flat surfaces like the bucket and chair. The "V cut" in the bags is really designed for PRS barricades which are usually 2x4's or bars. Almost every other barricade I can think of, the bag gives more surface area by being laid flat on the side.
2. take that split second longer to follow through on your trigger press, if you're concerned with proper fundamentals. In the game though, hits are hits.
3. thanks for sharing. I have instant respect for most people that put themselves on the chopping block in front of a camera. #thumbsup
 
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good job man. Congrats on the weight loss! Keep it up. Also, I got you beat on the fat kid status...have you seen any of my videos?

1. consider laying that gamechanger on it's side on flat surfaces like the bucket and chair. The "V cut" in the bags is really designed for PRS barricades which are usually 2x4's or bars. Almost every other barricade I can think of, the bag gives more surface area by being laid flat on the side.
2. take that split second longer to follow through on your trigger press, if you're concerned with proper fundamentals. In the game though, hits are hits.
3. thanks for sharing. I have instant respect for most people that put themselves on the chopping block in front of a camera. #thumbsup
Definitely do watch your videos, I'm pretty sure I'm all caught up on your channel. Bummed out people got upset about your "stage study" videos when you were using match footage. Those helped quite a bit.

Thank you for your pointers. Follow through was something I highlighted that I really needed to work on. After watching it I feel like I rushed all the wrong things. Slow , methodical, deliberate actions are more efficient ones. Those extra seconds to build a better base and follow through would have had me better off with hits, and possibly saved some time that fumbling.

Flipping the game changer on the side is something I'm definitely going to try to practice more, seen it done, tried it a few times but never gave it a real chance or asked "why" others are doing it. Thank you.

As for filming myself, thank you for the kind words. The only "training" I have is from the online training section here, videos that yourself, @velayo_0317 , and many others have put up, and from what others teach me at events. Unfortunately I built a lot of bad habits up until doing that. Figured even if I'm doing it wrong somebody else can learn from my mistakes... Kind of like your "stage study" videos.

I think my biggest hurdle to do is just practice more to and engrain good fundamentals. This was a great self check to see that some of the things (like follow through ) I have down on a conscious level goes away when I'm working off the subconscious in a "match type" setting. Under real stress, I'm positive I would completely fall apart.
 
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What did you use to attach the wood to the tripod?
Just an arca Swiss plate that I used some wood screws in the holes. Take a look at ProMediaGear's PX3, USA made and won't break the bank at ~29$ , they're on Amazon
 
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Things I noticed:

Things are a bit rushed. Slow down a little in running your bolt. Several times you either didn’t close it all the way and had to go back or your rifle moved enough to be able to see it move. Very “herky jerky” movements.

Lay the bag on the side when not using the V over something. Stacking it like you did is not as stable as it could be.

Not much reason to not use the bag as a rear bag prone before the chair. You won’t lose any time moving it.

On the the top of the chair, you put the forend on the bag and not the balance point of the rifle in front of the magwell. This cause you to have a fulcrum and needing to using your body/shoulder to balance the rifle.

You can move as fast or faster just focusing on being smooth with your movements. See video for a bit smoother bolt manipulation where the rifle doesn’t torque side to side (ignore my finger bouncing off the trigger the last two shots ??)

 
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Things I noticed:

Things are a bit rushed. Slow down a little in running your bolt. Several times you either didn’t close it all the way and had to go back or your rifle moved enough to be able to see it move. Very “herky jerky” movements.

Lay the bag on the side when not using the V over something. Stacking it like you did is not as stable as it could be.

Not much reason to not use the bag as a rear bag prone before the chair. You won’t lose any time moving it.

On the the top of the chair, you put the forend on the bag and not the balance point of the rifle in front of the magwell. This cause you to have a fulcrum and needing to using your body/shoulder to balance the rifle.

You can move as fast or faster just focusing on being smooth with your movements. See video for a bit smoother bolt manipulation where the rifle doesn’t torque side to side (ignore my finger bouncing off the trigger the last two shots ??)

Thank you for taking the time for writing this and posting a video with what "to do" .. putting them side by side was just as humbling as watching the next guy clean a stage I thought was "impossible"....

Herky jerky is a way nicer of a way to put it then what I had put down in my notes. Good to see it reiterated by the more experienced.

Your actions are much more deliberate then mine. Watching other videos vs mine feels like watching a trained fighter "pick apart" an opponent while watching myself looks more like a little bitch
flailing. Rushing everything that's important, comprising base and fundamentals in the process.

Another thing I noticed you're doing well and that I wrote down I can improve on is "squaring up to the target, not the barricade" .
Sometimes I wasnt square at all ( need to improve ) , but the times I was coming straight in, it was the barricade, then I'd compromise my positioning to swing over onto the target. You had very little side to side adjustment from the initial entry to the closing of the bolt and firing.

Rear bag, not flipping game changer on its side, zero follow through, absolutely no excuses.
In a slow controlled environment I do most these things well ( or attempt to). This really showed that I have 1000 more reps to do of them proper until they are built into my subconscious so they are "what I do" not "what should do".

Thanks again, this was exactly what I was hoping to get.
 

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Thank you for taking the time for writing this and posting a video with what "to do" .. putting them side by side was just as humbling as watching the next guy clean a stage I thought was "impossible"....

Herky jerky is a way nicer of a way to put it then what I had put down in my notes. Good to see it reiterated by the more experienced.

Your actions are much more deliberate then mine. Watching other videos vs mine feels like watching a trained fighter "pick apart" an opponent while watching myself looks more like a little bitch
flailing. Rushing everything that's important, comprising base and fundamentals in the process.

Another thing I noticed you're doing well and that I wrote down I can improve on is "squaring up to the target, not the barricade" .
Sometimes I wasnt square at all ( need to improve ) , but the times I was coming straight in, it was the barricade, then I'd compromise my positioning to swing over onto the target. You had very little side to side adjustment from the initial entry to the closing of the bolt and firing.

Rear bag, not flipping game changer on its side, zero follow through, absolutely no excuses.
In a slow controlled environment I do most these things well ( or attempt to). This really showed that I have 1000 more reps to do of them proper until they are built into my subconscious so they are "what I do" not "what should do".

Thanks again, this was exactly what I was hoping to get.
No problem. And yes, squaring to the target/rifle is very important. Recoil is coming straight back from the muzzle. So if you’re squared to the obstacle and the obstacle isn’t square to the target, recoil will exploit it and your crosshairs will bounce all over.