Yes you can sit there and press the trigger hundreds of times and feel like you did good. Pat yourself on the back, good job, but you didn’t, you just set yourself back further in skill level. I bet you’re asking why by now….
The old saying about perfect practice could not be any more on point. Practicing any skill has the potential to backfire if you are doing it wrong. Our sport is different than most, this isn’t like batting practice where a coach can tell you that you pulled your head out and this isn’t like sparing where a coach is reminding you to tuck your chin. For the average shooter with a steady nine to five, most live fire range training is limited to maybe once or twice a month in between the kids soccer games and recitals. So most practice takes place at home for a few minutes here and there and since last time I checked lighting off rounds in the living room is still a no go so that practice will more than likely be dry fire.
Don’t get me wrong here, dry fire is great for learning your trigger, follow through, keeping a good sight picture and training your brain to not anticipate the round going off. It’s a perfect tool in theory. However the execution of it is the problem. So those hundreds of trigger presses you did, were you doing them right? Are you sure? Was your coach watching? Wait what coach, exactly.
Meet your coach: AimSteady. He will tell you every time you pulled too fast and moved the gun, he will tell you every time you squeezed that grip as you pressed the trigger, he will tell you if you subconsciously moved enough to throw a shot. And he will do it every single time for every single dry fire, he won’t take a night off or have to cancel a practice, he will be there and tell you if you did it right or wrong every time.
Unless someone or something is there to tell you that you’re doing it right or wrong every single time, dry firing can be detrimental to advancing as a shooter. With Aimsteady the danger is gone, and the living room is cleared hot for practice.