Mind over mat­ter

Field and Game - - NATIONAL CARNIVAL -

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.”

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