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CR Williams

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Doing drills: Stress Quality Above Quantity
« on: November 09, 2011, 10:15:05 AM »
In most cases, it seems best to run a skill-drill or practice drill for only a few minutes at a time, and to quit at the point of first fatigue, whether that is mental or physical. Drills are not exercises, where many repetitions or 'just one more' will be of benefit. Once you get tired, you will start making errors in the process or movement. The longer you go, the more those errors are likely to inadvertently become ingrained. There is a time and a place for training when tired or stressed physically, but learning and perfecting a skill is not it. Once you have ingrained the skill through short, focused sessions, then you can stress it somehow, but ingrain it first.

Also, where possible, end on a success. Make the final repetition a good, solid one, finely done. This does not mean you keep going until you get one if the last one isn't perfect; remember about not ingraining errors. Slow down, make sure and do one or two more in good form. If you find the errors continuing, stop and start again when you're rested. Better to stop too early with a success than to go past the point where you can't prevent an error.

Smaller numbers of mindful repetitions will be of greater benefit and almost any number of mindless ones.
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Re: Doing drills: Stress Quality Above Quantity
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2011, 07:31:46 PM »
Practice does not make perfect.
Perfect practice makes perfect.
Do what you've always done, get what you've always gotten.


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Re: Doing drills: Stress Quality Above Quantity
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2011, 08:50:41 AM »
Good thoughts CR.

I often approach this by cycling through a set of drills and then taking a break before repeating the set. Other times I have stuck to one drill (25 yd bullseye for example) until I get a bit tired, then break and move to something else.

Do you know of any learning theory on which might be a more effective method?

Of course I could be doing it all wrong too!