There are a number of skills used in paintball that, if developed, you will be the most sought after player in the game! Here are just a few, plus some ways to practice and become better…
Shooting on the move: There are many times during a paintball match when you will need to shoot on the move – the initial runout for example, when you are sprinting to the next bunker and possible one-on-one situations.
How to practice: Practice quick drawing your paintball gun, set off into a sprint and shoot during the run. Set up a line of targets and run past them while shooting; practice refining your accuracy while on the go. You will be surprised how quickly you will improve this skill.
Sliding into bunkers: Sliding into home plate sounds easy but it’s actually not; sliding out of bounds is common, as is losing your footing or getting hurt.
How to practice: Make sure to lean back enough when sliding and commit to it once you do. At first, practice sliding without your paintball marker; add the gun later after you’re fairly proficient at it. Practice sliding feet first and head first. Be careful, these movements can be dangerous, so stay within your physical abilities. Baggy clothing, paintball jerseys and pants with padding will help protect you from getting hurt when sliding, diving or crawling.
Shooting with your off-hand: This is probably the most important skill a player can develop. Why? If you’re playing the left back bunker and shooting down your left tapeline, you will expose a lot of your body if you shoot right-handed.
How to practice: Training to develop this is simple…. just do it, over and over again. Try playing entire practice games with nothing but shooting with your off-hand. At first it will seem terribly awkward, but you will get the hang of it quickly. You may never become as good a shooter off-handed as you are shooting naturally, but it’s still better to shoot at seventy five percent accuracy with your off-hand than zero when the opportunity demands.