Ox here…It’s said that 80% of shooting is visual. Depending on how well you do shooting with your eyes closed or in complete darkness, I think it might even be more than that.
The longer it takes you to see and identify a target/threat, converge and diverge your focus back and forth between the target and your front sight, and get a hard, clear, focus on the front sight, the more likely it is that you’ll get frustrated and start releasing shots before your muzzle is pointed at your target.
And that kind of visual speed and accuracy starts disappearing QUICKLY for many people once they hit 40.
It’s a simple case of a lack of flexibility and strength IN YOUR EYE MUSCLES!
There are 6 main muscles around the eyes that move them around and help them focus. If you don’t keep them flexible with stretching and strong with exercise, they’re going to get slow, lazy, and they’re not going to perform for you the way you want them to.
Fortunately, there’s an EASY, quick fix. And, amazingly enough, the fix for getting a clear, hard focus on your front sight faster will also dramatically reduce tunnel vision in extreme stress conditions.
This is stuff that Eric Cobb, creator of the Vision Gym, has taught in the Special Operations and professional athlete communities for decades. It’s tested, proven, and in use by extreme athletes and operators around the globe. Check out this video to learn more:
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And…this next part will BLOW YOUR MIND. I was down in Phoenix a couple of years ago meeting with Eric and had an issue with my shoulder and hip. They’d been completely unstable for 6 months.
It caused me to cancel the release of my shooting fitness course and I was miserable. I was able to make them stable 1-2 days a week, but I had pain and no strength the rest of the time.
Earlier in the day, a professional athlete who’s known around the world was in because he had unexplainable knee pain that was keeping him from practicing and playing.
Eric showed him how to fix his knee pain with vision and balance exercises! After lunch, they did the same thing for my shoulder and hip. By resetting my visual and vestibular (inner ear/balance) system, like you would with an electronic compass, my brain was finally able to get the correct messages to the muscles in my hip and shoulder!
Fast forward to 2015…
I shot the MGM Ironman 3-gun event…3 days and roughly 1,200 rounds of timed and scored running-n-gunning mahem engaging stationary and moving targets from 9″ to 900 yards.
I drove 8ish hours in my F-350 to get to the event and my back “went out” when I was carrying my stuff into my hotel room. I didn’t think I’d be able to compete. I tried stretching, ice, ibuprofin, menthal, and nothing worked.
The next morning, I called one of the guys at Z-Health…Rick…and he asked me if I was somewhere that I could sit down and do some drills while I was on the phone with him. I was and I did.
Rick ran me through a 4 (FOUR!) minute set of exercises that I did while sitting on the edge of my bed in my hotel room.
Basically, I simply stared at a spot on the wall and moved my head through a specific sequence of movements that synchronized my inner ear and my eyes.
After 14 hours of back pain, doing 4 minutes of this drill took my back from being really painful to having full range of motion and no pain when running, jumping, etc. and I was able to run and gun at full speed for the next 3 days.
4 minutes of this simple inner ear exercise
and my back was 100%!
This obviously wouldn’t have worked if my hip would have hurt from being hit with a baseball bat or some other kinetic injury, but Eric has found that a lot of mystery pain is caused by the brain being confused from bad input from the visual and vestibular systems.
Fix those and sometimes the brain is able to get the right messages to the right places and everything starts working better. This is one of those things that is almost too much to believe, so here are a few of those visual/vestibular exercises for you to see and try: