This week my club president invited the team and staff for a casual get together / get to know you / team building activity at a local gun club. If you think about it, it is a logical place to hold a team get together. I mean what brings a group of men more enjoyment than shooting stuff? Oh, you can think of a few things, eh? Well, anyway that is where we went. After struggling for a few minutes with the personal morality of shooting a gun at all (particularly as I don’t want my son to have even a toy gun), I decided to join in. It was an interesting experience.
The first problem I had was that I wasn’t wearing my glasses. This wasn’t an issue about seeing the target, or not, but an issue of not being able to see what I hit. I took careful aim at the target, carefully squeezed the trigger and off in the distance there was a cloud of dust. I had no clue whether I had hit anything in between those events. I was shooting blind. I realised that without being able to see the target I had no feedback on what I was doing. Between series I was able to see the target and eventually piece together some information.
In the picture on the right you can see the 8 and 6 below the bullseye were in my 3rd series. The 10, 9 and 8 were in my 4th series. With feedback, I could quickly improve.
Oddly, considering how many millions of times I have seen it, I am much better able to ‘see’ where a ball lands after having spent a season working with the video challenge system in the Polish League. For the first time in my over 30 year involvement with volleyball I have had actual feedback on where a ball has landed. It turns out that is important too. Who would have thought.
The lesson is, as always, there is no learning without feedback.