Simple. You know, I was thinking about it one day . My shooting was far better when I was not worried about impressing anyone or “winning”.
As an instructor, I always felt held to a higher bar. The pressure to perform is no fun. I can shoot well, very well at times. But I found that being under the microscope as an instructor took away from the pleasure shooting has always given me. I have never felt like I had anything to prove.
Am I a chicken? Nope, not at all. I was the same way riding horses. I took lessons for years. My grandmother was a wonderful rider. I could ride forward, backwards, tandem double bareback running through the Buffalo Bayou in Houston Texas. We would jump over boards held up by 55 gallon drums, but when it came to the show ring, I hated it!! I would get on the wrong diagonal posting and my coach would be scratching her head, the signal that I was off and I would think, I hate this, I hate this, I hate this.
What came so naturally everyday, was so different when I “had to”. Same with shooting. Those who enjoy competition are awesome, I just could care less. Do I have a problem with those who love it or if GRITS gals want to try it? Absolutely not! I am their biggest cheerleader if that is what they want to do. It just is not conducive to the mission of the GRITS, thus why the No Score Keeping is the #1 rule of the GRITS.