Mind over matter
Robert Hall Is the 2016 National Champion, a title he says is a triumph of mind over mechanics.
Good shooters can smash targets but the best of the best can also handle the pressure and distractions of competition.
Robert Hall shot 139 OTG to win the title, taking every target in isolation and demonstrating a newfound focus, honed with the help of his father Peter Hall and mentor John Younger. “I had a very consistent weekend although it got harder today with the wind,” he said after completing his final round. “It was an advantage to get the Intoshooting ground away first but I still had to shoot Beretta and Winchester and you just have to take every target as it comes, they all count at the end of the day.”
The focus on every target is the result of recent work on the mental side of his shooting. “Being able to shoot is one thing, being able to compete and keep it in check is another and my dad and John have been helping me a lot. “I’ve worked pretty hard, this means a lot to me, it is a bit of the monkey off the back, I’ve been close a few times.”
Robert was full of praise for the ground setting and presentation of targets across the two days.
“I think the targets are world class, I’ve shot all around the word and these were top targets, there were some long ones but short ones too, those little dinky ones, the targets have been great.”
His highest praise was reserved for his father Peter. “He shot 75/75 at a Field & Game event this year, he’s still got it and he pushes me along, we push each other.”