A Few Thoughts on Intuitive Slingshot Shooting and Natural Pointing

A Few Thoughts on Intuitive Slingshot Shooting and Natural Pointing

Sure, we all aim. However, our immediate focus is different for those who consciously aim versus those who intuitively aim. I prefer to think of an “intuitive aim” to originate at the target and the conscious aim to originate at the shooter. To be more clear- the intuitive shooter is often hyper focused on the target with the awareness of the slingshot, bands, and pouch at the back of his conscious awareness- if at all. Both eyes are generally open and active. Whereas the “aimer” is very focused on the bands, frame, pouch in relation to the target in a conscientious way that is often not present for the intuitive shooter. Often one eye is closed or the intentional use of the dominant eye over the bands or sight plane is present.

So yes, I believe all shooting requires some degree of aiming. The intuitive shooter is doing so passively whereas the “aimer” is doing so in a direct and purposeful way.

I think the same parallel applies to say, shooting a rifle with iron sights at a stationary target versus shooting a clay in the air with a shotgun. The rifle shooter is actively and consciously lining up the front and rear sight in relation to the target whereas the shotgun shooter is focused on the moving target and trusting that muscle memory will place the gun in relation to their body and sight plane in a consistent manner. Both are “aiming”, just different modes of doing so.

Ultimately, it matters not. As long as you are having fun and hitting the target at a level of consistency you find satisfactory, it is all good!