Philippe Stiel sent an very interesting training program and notes about routines, rituals, and superstitions, explaining how they interact, how they are important, and why. I really liked how he went deep into explaining things to make sure that I understood and value them.
Philippe Stiel sent these three pistol training plans as an alternative to the technical training I was doing, focused mainly on hand pressure and trigger execution. Each of these plans should take about 1h45′ and are geared to work a bit of everything so as not to get bored, taking into consideration that shooting is a repetition sport and that there are not thousands of different exercises available.
Following the last two training plans (9 ring hold and hardcore holds), this new pistol plans by Philippe focus on trigger execution and hand holding pressure on the grip.
While working with Philippe he encouraged me to be more active in creating my own training plans and exercises. Something I wanted to improve at the time was my hold endurance. This is the training plan I used to get a strong arm.
Don’t be afraid to click. Changes in lighting, contrast, and your own body mean that you will be clicking not only when you change ranges, but also as a match or training session progress. There’s no such thing as a “zero” or perfect sight alignment for pistol shooting. The point of impact with the exact same pistol and settings will change from shooter to shooter, as we all size differently and the relationship of our eyes, body, and sights change from person to person.
After a short break from training, Philippe Stiel gave me this plan to train at home and at the range geared towards improving:
* My hold within the 9 ring and my perception of it.
* The start of my trigger release.
While training in person with coach Philippe Stiel he gave me a lot of useful advice on things like journaling, acceptance, mental fatigue, keeping the pleasure of shooting, visualization… Here are all of them for you to easily put in practice.
These are two standard air pistol training plans that I created myself while working with Philippe Stiel. He was more keen than other coaches on me choosing my own exercises, to which he would add helpful remarks.
One of the things that all coaches ask for is your shooting sequence (also called routine and process). This is was my shot process when I started training with Philippe Stiel, with his feedback on each point. Check out this list of shooting routines for inspiration in establishing yours and to see how my shooting sequence has changed over time.