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Old 09-09-2012, 09:27 PM #1
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Snap shooting advice please.

I went paintballing today and I was doing a pretty good job of snaping in and out quickly, but I need to work on my accuracy when actually taking the shot, off the snap. Does anybody have any advice, or techniques to help me out?
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:40 PM #2
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When u practice, go through your shot really slow and focus on keeping good form while hitting the target. Then when U start consistently start hitting the target, start speeding up the snaps
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:47 PM #3
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:52 PM #4
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yea my snapping sucks too. Accuracy isn't my problem, it's my speed. I always get gogged...
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:54 PM #5
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Best thing to do is get a bunker (a tree will work fine) and put a shovel 50 feet out (give or take a little) and snap in and out aiming for the shovel slowly increasing your speed as your accuracy gets better
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:59 PM #6
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http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=zoe5Z...5ZPOuoN0&gl=US

That vid has some good tips. Another thing I do is to be random, don't be snapping out of the same spot every time and play every part of the bunker you can.
Say you playing a stand up can or something like it, pop out either side while standing. After taking a shot or 2 change position and drop to a knee. You want to keep the other guy guessing as the where your gonna pop out.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:44 AM #7
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A good trick is to "snap in" ... in other words mini-post and fire then immediately pull back in. You should not see the ball hit the target.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:52 AM #8
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^^^What I do. Works so much better than the other way!
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:55 AM #9
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A smooth transition from behind cover to "snapshot stance" then back behind cover is the best. Work on being smooth and eventually you will be good AND fast.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:58 AM #10
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Damn awsome advice from everyone thank you !!!!!!!!
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:13 AM #11
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I learned to snap decently well while my hopper jammed and i had to one ball
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:30 PM #12
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When u practice, go through your shot really slow and focus on keeping good form while hitting the target. Then when U start consistently start hitting the target, start speeding up the snaps
thx for the tip, did you try switching hands with same drill?
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:58 PM #13
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Practice alot. Set up a cone or box on the ground a few bunkers away and snap away. Or get a buddy and snap together, don't stop after getting hit though keep playing. Make sure you keep don't get sloppy though.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:00 PM #14
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A good trick is to "snap in" ... in other words mini-post and fire then immediately pull back in. You should not see the ball hit the target.
I never even thought about doing it that way. I will definitely have to try that next time I go.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:23 PM #15
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thx for the tip, did you try switching hands with same drill?
Always do drills with both hands or in both directions. Which ever side is weaker, do more reps on that side
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:35 AM #16
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visualize it before you snap. visualize where the player is at, aim in advance, snap out, shoot, and snap back in. make sure its all one quick movement with no pause inbetween the snap, shot, and snap in. also do as the others said, put something out to where you can shoot it, and practice snapping it from all sides and angles.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:55 AM #17
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The most important thing I find that is in your control with regards to your snap shooting technique is constancy. Get to know where you naturally hold your marker. For me personally my barrel is lined up with my nose, regardless of which hand I'm shooting from. With enough practice and repetitions of shooting with my pump and barrel held in the same position I have a built up expectation of where my paint should land when I pull that trigger, assuming my barrel is clean and my paint isn't dimpled. If my snap is off, instead of moving my gun to correct the shot I'll make micro-adjustments of my torso to orient my head/body/pump to make the shot. I hope that makes sense to you. The next time you are at your field just shoot through a whole pod of paint to get a feel for where your point of aim is at and to work on that consistency.

Here's a clip from Dynasty Dysected where Todd Martinez explains the marker position with barrel in line with your nose.
Todd explaining how to snap shoot.

Another thing to do if you don't already do it is to use your extra/left over paint to practice your snap. If you have some paint in your hopper as you start heading back to your staging/air fill area use it to practice snapping at a small post or cone. At my local field we have pairs of 1.5" posts that mark the starting gates on each airball and rec-field. On the airball field before I head back in I'll pick whichever type of bunker on the back line I need practice with and snap from it to shoot back at one of the posts. On the rec-fields I'll try snapping at one of the posts or the tip of a 4x4 that's part of the fields bunkers. As a side note, I find that this also helps when learning how to shoot on the move. Pick a tip of a post or a small target, I like posts because there's really no room for error, and try hitting it as you walk by. As you get better start building up your speed as you move past the target.
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visualize it before you snap. visualize where the player is at, aim in advance
This is good advice, forgot to mention it.
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:10 PM #19
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Use a couch or a mirror too.

A couch you can crouch/kneel/etc behind and pop out from different angles.
-Make sure the gun is already pumped and ready to shoot or else popping out is pointless.

A mirror will let you visualize what parts of your body are being seen from the opponent.
-Come in straight, go out straight from gun to mask.

Easy ways to practice if you can't make it to the field.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:31 AM #20
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Keep your barrel on em at all times even when you are behind your bunker. Hit what you aim at. If you are shooting at the wrong person and they catch on that its just a show of good mechanics with no accuracy.. They will never duck...

Dont just look at em .. listen. If you start to edge the bunker and get ready for a shot and they magically have paint right where you are (high or low) You are prob leading with something.

Hand on pump handle.. Always.

Could type a book on mechanics or just give the advice of ask the dude/chick thats smashing your face in when it comes to snapping to show you. Listen to what they say and ask questions. If you dont want to do it a way they show you ask em why it is they do it that way. They wont mind telling you. Take what they give you and make it yours. If you are all bashfull and what not and dont want to ask.. Sit out watch that person. watch em and absorb what they do and why they do it.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:31 PM #21
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A good trick is to "snap in" ... in other words mini-post and fire then immediately pull back in. You should not see the ball hit the target.
this is key
once you have your form down and shooting with accuracy, you don't need to see the ball hit your target to know you nailed it.

My biggest piece of advice is square your body to your target. Shift your weight to the foot on the side you are snapping out to, that should make it pretty much a straight line down from your belt to the outside of your foot. Bend at the waist the rest of the way, which should only be the matter of a couple inches.
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