Luck did not go so well.
Sunday's Forecast for Thursday: 56 degrees and NW wind 5-10
Monday's Forecast for Thursday: 54 degrees and NW wind 5-10
Tuesday's Forecast for Thursday: 52 degrees and NW wind 10-15
Wednesday's Forecast for Thursday: 49 degrees and NW wind 10-15 Gusts to 25
The actual weather at kickoff: 42 degrees and wind in excess of 15. Our three berm range faces NNW. The wind comes in and swirls inside the berm. I had flags flipping from L-R to R-L as fast as you could reach for the trigger and my tails were between 45 deg and straight out. Could not find a reliable aiming solution to save my life. The few minutes where the wind died down somewhat, rewarded me with easy 100's, but they were few and far between. My scores reflected that. Only one of the four cards made it into the 2xxx range.
I can honestly say that I can not fault the hardware. Otherwise the 10-15 100's over the course of 4 cards (mostly the last one) would not have happened. Moreover, I am living testimony to the fact that optimistic exuberance gets trumped by crazy wind every time. I don't know how you pros turn in such great scores shooting outside in switching, strong winds. My hat's off to you and in my hand. I did indeed, highly enjoy just getting back out there on the firing line, despite hands so cold that they were cramping, numb feet and a runny nose. I shoot with a great group of guys. Most struggled also this afternoon, aside from the two who drew the tables in the "honey hole" leeward end of the line. Their flags barely moved. Luck of the draw. I've been on the receiving end of that as well, so I can't complain. Interestingly, this ratchet 4 groove barrel seemed to shoot the most predictably with the bullet rotating with the wind direction, unlike the conventional 6 groove TRP which historically shot more predictably when the bullet was rotating against the wind direction. That's just a feeling I got after one windy outing, so that can change.
Too early in the season to feel self-loathing. Just that early season awkward, nothing seemed to work, frustration. I was way too eager to get out and just shoot. Cost me in my ability to relax, observe and correct. The up side is I can only get better as the season progresses. Sadly, the next 3 days are supposed to be warm and calm. Anything but how it was today. At least that makes for a good weekend to get spring chores underway, while analyzing how to not make the same mistakes next league night in two weeks.
Humbly admitted to,