Shooting Stance

By Dennis Bowsher | March 03, 2018, 12 a.m. (ET)


How you stand is an important fundamental during the shooting portion of the combined event. Having a balanced and stable position can help eliminate those small muscle movements that can potentially move your sights off target.  Here are a few things to think about during practice to find a balanced position that works for you.

  1. Your feet need to be approximately shoulder width apart and at a 45-degree angle. Having a solid base at your feet is the starting point for that good position.
  2. Keep your knees locked and your weight on your heels. Doing so helps minimize the quad and calf muscles from engaging.
  3. As you lift your arm up, there will be a little bit more weight pulling your body forward. To counter that, you can put a little more weight on your back foot to create a balanced position.
  4. Keep your head and neck in line with your spine and bring the sights up to you eye. Tilting your head to the side to look down your sights can create those small muscle movements that you don’t need.
  5. Make sure your eye is directly in line with the target and not at an angle. It helps to have someone stand behind you and try to look at the target. He/she should not be able to see the target, your head should be blocking the view.

Once you find a balanced stance, put tape at your feet to mark that position. Now it becomes all about repetition. Practice coming into that exact position repeatedly, putting your feet in the same spot every single time. With enough repetition, you will develop that muscle memory to get into position every time, no matter which shooting lane you are on at the competition.


Dennis’ Set of the Month

10 x 100 (4 on 1:30, 3 on 1:25, 2 on 1:20, 1 on 1:15)

Adjust times based on your ability level.

Your goal with this set is to get faster as the set goes on, while also speeding up the interval. Pick your interval based on the idea that you are doing 4 at 80%, 3 at 85%, 2 at 90%, 1 at 95%.  Good luck and let me know how it goes.