Hey guys, sorry I have been taking so long to finally get to this but better late than never. Haha. This one will be a little bit shorter since loading is not really something you can go in depth about but here it is anyways. Lets get started!
Loading is a very simple and an essential skill to have. There are few things to keep in when loading paint into your loader. The main objective is simple, get the paint into your loader. That should be step one. Once you have that mastered, then you work on speed. Take a look at this picture...
Notice how I am loading with my gun down. Although loading and shooting is better by far, not all situations are ideal. Plus, for now, its best that you learn to load normally before you shoot and load. You have to walk before you can run. Loading and not shooting at the same time is a great opportunity to talk and listen. Listen to your coaches and teammates, talk to your teammates. Notice how although my gun is down, my head is up. Im looking down field, not down focused on my gun. I can look around the field and listen to coaches. Being able to load without looking is not as easy as it looks however. You must Become comfortable with you marker. This is easily done through practice at home. Take a pod of paint, and practice loading it without looking. Dump the paint back into the pod, and repeat.
My next point. Finger and hand placement on the pod. Look at this picture...
Now, what works for me, is if I pop the lid and put my index finger on the edge of the pod. This allows me to feel the loader once I have it in place, and allows me to direct paint that wants to fly out of the pod. Always keep your hand towards the lid area. I hang my hand on the edge of the pod to feel my loader as well.
Next point is to minimize your guns down time. Take a look at this picture...
Look how I am shooting with one hand and finding the pod with the other. This is very easy. You can focus on your target, pull the pod, pop the lid, all while shooting. This minimizes your guns downtime. Like I said in an earlier topic, you never know when an opportunity or shot is going to open up so you must be ready to take that shot at all times. Refer to my first picture and point, I keep my gun up as much as possible while keeping my head down field.
My next point is to just drop the pod when done. There is no need to waste an extra second and throw your body off balance to try and throw the pod across the field. Just let go of it when your done. It will fall and be out of your way. I promise. Haha. Plus, I have been in situations where I am shooting and see a pod fly out of a bunker that I previously had no idea there was someone in. Now I know someone is there. Never give the other team anything extra, if they dont know where you are, dont help them out.
Next point is to load and shoot at the same time. This is really where putting your index finger over the top of the pod becomes beneficial. Take a look at these pictures...
I focus on my shot and at the same time, I put paint in my loader. I put what would normally be downtime, into time for me to hold a lane and possibly get a kill. What you want to do, is firmly hold your marker with your trigger hand, which will change when shooting righty or lefty, while pulling the trigger. Find your pod, pull the pod, find the tab, get ready to pop it, but not yet. Get the pod up next to your loader, pop it and swing it over into the lid of your loader in one fluid motion. So you want to pop your lid, and swing it into the lid of your loader at the same time. Hold it flush with your loader and once the paint is gone, let go of the pod. It helps to tilt your loader slightly inward towards your bunker to keep your pod out of range of a shot. If your pod gets shot while your holding it, you are technically eliminated. So beware.
Now that you have learned all about loading, go practice! Just put your pack on, load up a pod, pull it from your pack, load it into your loader, thats on your marker with tank and all. Now just load and refill the pod and repeat over and over.
Now to recap...
1. Minimize your guns downtime.
2. Keep your head up while loading. Always.
3. Load and shoot if possible.
4. A speedfeed will dramatically improve your loading abilities.
5. I forgot to put this into the points because I always play with a speedfeed so I forget not everyone does, but pop your loaders lid, and then grab a pod. Its hard to pop your lid with a pod already in your hand.
I hope you guys find this useful and informative. All comments are welcome, both positive and negative. Let me know if you think there is something I missed. Ill add it in.