By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts
The Eye/Hand Coordination Draw Stroke
When everything else mentioned before is put in place, it is your draw stroke that gets you onto the targeted area. The sights are nothing more than a final 2%-5% verification of an already accurate aim, that came out of your draw stoke. The concept behind the eye/hand coordination draw stroke (EHCDS) is to lock in on a dime size focal point, right on the targeted area and use the very best eye/hand coordination and body mechanics to “drive the gun to the focal point.” The body goes where the eyes go and the bullet goes where the eyes go. Lock in hard on the focal point and use straight lines to drive the gun, in the most efficient and effective manner possible, directly to the focal point.
The EHCDS is a study of the perfection of the body mechanics in correlation to the perfection of your eye/hand coordination. We are looking at “the perfect balance of speed and control” out of the irrefutable law of physics call “economy of motion.” What this means is that we are looking to mitigate any wasted movement or disruption, while remaining as efficient and effective as we can.
Many people love to make a big deal out of “muscle memory.” But the reality is that muscle memory is an entry-level concept that will eventually need to be moved past, for the more advance concept of eye/coordination. Eye/hand coordination is how we do things in our every-day world and it is much more valuable than muscle memory because it makes us much more well-rounded and versatile. This versatility allows us to improvise, adapt, and overcome inside of the fluid dynamics of a fight. It also allows us to take our God-given abilities into the most advanced possibilities. Muscle memory is mildly interesting…….but eye/hand coordination is King!
Eye/hand coordination allows us to make a free throw, throw a pitch, make a three-point shot, pass a football, shoot a long bow, drive a car, and countless other endeavors. It is how the amazing human machine works! This is why that it is a fact that it is your EHCDS that gets you on target at logical distances.
Whether we are able to get to the sights or not, due to the dynamics of the fight, we all need to understand and accept the correlations between sighted fire and point shooting. It is all “just shooting” and the only thing that matters is if we win and no innocents get hurt. The EHCDS facilitates this at logical distances.
Inside of the Fight Focused Handgun courses that I teach, sighted fire and point shooting are taught at the very same time. Because it is all just about getting the hits inside of the situation that you are dealing with. I talk non-stop about the correlations between the two forms of shooting. They are taught these four fundamentals, all while discussing the realities of the fight, and the correct context of the fight. But, the bottom line is that the first few live fire drills run inside of this course are run before we have even covered the fundamentals of marksmanship and the use of the sights. The first few drills are all about the EHCDS and driving the gun to the focal point. This approach sets the stage because it covers what we do at the beginning of the draw stroke……not what we do towards the end of the draw stroke.
Once the EHCDS is put in place, teaching somebody the fundamentals of sighted fire is actually much easier because the use of the sights is just something done at the end of the perfection of the body mechanics and the eye/hand coordination.
Let me ask all of you a couple of questions.
What percentage does your body mechanics and eye/hand coordination get you on the targeted area?
Mine gets me about 98% of the way there.
If this is so, why would it not be best to start the training with what we do at the beginning of the draw stroke instead of what we do towards the end of the draw stroke?