Drill like an Ironman with Rob Scott

Drill like an Ironman with Rob Scott

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article by Robert Scott
LA Ironman & PaintBall.com

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   As a professional player I am frequently asked what drills I do to stay sharp and help me compete at this level. As teams and players continue to get better it is absolutely necessary to constantly train to stay on top of your game. The paintball of the past where you could be out of shape, play an entire tournament with out breaking a sweat and win is long gone. It is now time for players to get in shape, do drills to fine tune your game, and believe it or not, even eat right. Here are some drills to help get back to the basics.

   Snap Shooting: You cannot, I repeat, cannot do this drill enough. This is one of the simplest, but most effective ways to become a crack shot. Think about it. If you can train your muscle memory to quickly and accurately shoot another person at any time, you are giving yourself a huge advantage.

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   How to practice: First, if you have another person to practice against, that is your best bet. Having paintballs come back at you will make you stay on your toes and react as if you were in a game. The point of this drill is to pick bunkers that mirror each other, player 1 then stands behind a bunker and player 2 stands behind the opposite bunker. Each player then begins the drill by quickly snapping out of the bunker, shooting a ball or two (no more) at there opposition. Try to visualize your target before you leave before you snap out, envision where they will be in your mind then roll out and shoot your gun. If you make this a drill at every practice it can make you the best snap shooter in the game.

   Running and Shooting: Running while shooting is becoming the standard for top rated players. If you can shoot accurately while running to your bunker, you probably will get there safely and could even take out an opponent at the same time.

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   How to practice: This is like a 1on 1 drill but with modified rules. Each player starts on opposite sides of the field. Then they start the 1on 1, the difference is each player can only stay behind a bunker for no more than 2 seconds. That way you are constantly moving while shooting at a moving target also. These small games should not last much longer than a minute. While shooting try to hold your marker steady and firm.

   Insert Drill: This drill will teach you to not only use your gun to move but help you insert with proper timing. Moving in paintball is all about timing. I personally would rather play against fast guys than someone who picks the best time to move to a key spot (I can hit a fast guy, but can’t mark the guy that moves when he has me stuck behind my bunker). aUse this drill to help get better at moving smarter.

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   How to practice: This drill requires two people starting at mirrored bunkers. I like to use all three back bunkers. Each player will start at opposite sides i.e. two stand up can bunkers. There also needs to be a middle bunker that nobody occupies (this bunker is intended for each player to try to get to as fast as possible). What makes it hard is both players know the other is trying to get to that middle bunker. So you have to use a combination of gun fighting, running and shooting, and smart moving to either block out the other player or go when they don’t expect it. If you can learn to do this consistently in practice, it will be easier to do in a game.

   These drills above will get you well on your way to playing like a pro. Remember being effective during practice will eliminate years of mistakes that need to be corrected later on. These drills will give you the basics to start working these skills into scrimmages or tournaments. I hope this helps. Stay tuned to more advanced drills and team drill in a few weeks.



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