Paintball Practice Tips: Improving Aim
Here are some suggestions for paintball practice, focusing on target practice...
In a game like paintball, it's crucial to have good aim. Without it, in a game where the enemy must be eliminated, a loss is certain without hitting targets. Good aim is a skill that is mastered over time, but it is a skill that can be honed from the beginning. There are some ways to practice aim prior to hitting the field. For those that have their own equipment, here are some drills to do from the backyard:
Hang some targets, such as cans or bottles, from strings on tree branches, clothesline poles and other sturdy objects. The idea in this is that the targets will be of height of opponents in different positions. Let the wind be a natural obstacle, as it will mimic the opponent moving. If this becomes easy, move back a few steps, further to one side or another, or choose smaller targets. This is a surefire way to build aiming skills.
Or buy one...
This is almost like solitaire for the paintball fanatic. Makes paintball practice really fun...
Set up some different
size targets in an area. Put a can here, a piece of wood there, and old doll
over yonder, etc. Assign point values to each of them, and then load
the gun with only a certain amount of balls. (Kind of reminiscent of that amusement park shooting range game, where players fire at objects that begin to move or make noise, such as a piano player or a rocking chair….)
Players should first set a goal of a certain score they hope to achieve. Once
the round is fired off, add up the points. If the goal is met, congratulations!
If not, paintball practice makes perfect! Try again!
This could be implemented to play between several people who would like to practice,
each shooting a round and whoever has the highest score wins. While trying to
reach a goal, this method of practicing also builds aiming skills.
Paintball Practice: The Obstacle Course
Since shooting while moving is sometimes a necessity, aiming on the move also
become something that needs to be practiced.
For a more advanced way of practicing to hit objects, try moving at the same
time! Set up a small obstacle course with targets. Then, move through the course
while shooting at the targets. Not only will this help aim, but it will also simply
aid in getting the body used to moving through zigzags while using a weapon (your paintball practice should include cardio).
Spelling Bee: Partner Paintball Practice (say that ten times fast)...
If practicing paintball with a friend or teammate, there is a way to practice that will
also ignite a little friendly competition. Pick a five-letter word, like P-A-I-N-T
or S.P.L.A.T. Set up a few targets around an area. Each person will take turns
calling a target, which each player would then take a shot at. If the player
who calls it makes the shot, and the second player misses, they get the first
letter. This goes on until one player spells out the word in question. That
player, well, loses.
Using these simple practice ideas, a player can be assured that each time he
or she hits the field; they will have better aim- and a better chance of hitting,
instead of being hit!
Bonus tip: Get Creative...
Give you some ideas?
Here is a good mini course on paintball practice
and how to become a better player.
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