If you read my other blogs, you know that I have a serious love affair with the Bosu ball. My trainer has had me on it since February and I've seen a drastic change in my riding confidence (not to mention a 4" loss from my waist). From the first moment I laid eyes on the Bosu I've been dying to use it as a shooting platform. A strong core will make a world of difference in speed and accuracy when shooting.
So, for months I've been telling myself I was going to buy a Bosu. I'm gonna get one...I'm gonna get one...I'm gonna get one...
Well, finally, last week I got one and couldn't wait to try it out. Here's what I learned from shooting from the Bosu...
It's absolutely unforgiving. You get off balance and you pay for it. It can teach you a lot about your weaknesses. For instance, I didn't realize that when I reholstered, I was shifting my weight ever-so-slightly forward until I tried it on the Bosu and almost fell off. Shooting from the Bosu requires that you keep your knees soft and your core tight at all times.
I knew going in that I was going to love shooting from it, as I had already seen drastic results in my riding from it, so I dragged it out to the range and let Tara shoot from it. It's tough, but the grin on her face after just a couple of rounds was worth it. She agreed that it was a handy dandy training tool. We decided that the Bosu was going to be a part of our shooting gear.
Having made that decision, I hauled it out with me today to go shooting with Mez. It was the same story - some hesitation, followed by a huge grin. In fact, Mez got two rounds into it and declared that he was going to buy one for himself. It says a lot (to me at least) that two shooters I highly respect find it such a great training tool.
It is most definitely not for beginner shooters - anyone who wants to shoot from the Bosu should be comfortable with safe gun handling to the point that they practice it without thought. Both Tara and Mez came off the Bosu at one point this weekend, but they kept the guns pointed in a safe direction with their fingers off the trigger as they came off.