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Tip #18: Making Unnatural Feel Natural

Nov 8, 2012 by Jason "FK" Edwards in Tip of the Week | Comments


I have never believed in the saying “Weak Hand”. I call it Non-dominant or Unnatural. Reason being is paintball guns are easy to shoot with both hands, they are electronic with easy trigger pulls, they are held stable with both arms, and they are no longer heavy metal bricks! However growing up and playing during the time of mechanical guns, heavy solid framed guns, and side fed guns, I was forced to learn how to use my Non-dominate hand quicker than those who are newer to paintball.

The way to make any Unnatural feeling feel natural is by repetition. However while watching divisional paintball matches or up and coming players who still play a lot, I notice they push harder when they are using their Dominate hand, or they are more comfortable diving, or they will initiate more gun battles rather than when they are forced to use their Non-Dominate hand.

The things I did to make using my left hand feel as natural as possible goes much further than just playing paintball left handed more.

**I took an entire week and did everything left handed (My non-dominate hand). I ate left handed, carried things in my left hand, used my phone with my left hand (buy a phone case prior), used my left hand for the remote control, etc..**

When I went out and played that weekend, I took both days and played 100% left handed. Even if I was shooting out of the right side of my bunker I did it cross body. ***I even created a game with my friend called “Shenanigans”. If either of us saw the other person even carrying their gun in their dominant hand, on or off the field, we would yell out “Shenanigans” and they would immediately have to drop and do 30 push ups geared up or not.

After doing this its only instinct for your Non-Dominate hand to feel more natural than before. So when you have a week some extra time (You’ll need it) and a practice or walk on day, give it a shot. Its fun and will make a huge difference in your game. I now shoot real guns both handed, play pool with both hands, play golf both hands, and have a much better shot with my non-dominate hand because I am left eye dominate.

- FK

Have you been using my tips? Id’ like to know if they’ve helped you, please submit your success story and let me know if I’ve been any help. Thanks!

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