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Top 10 Easy Ways To Improve
Your Paintball Game

  1. Paintball to barrel match
  2. Increase your communication
  3. Get to know your gun
  4. Learn to load while shooting
  5. Watch for shadows and other telltales
  6. Learn to optimize your target profile
  7. Be more patient than your competitor
  8. Ask for help
  9. Exploit their weak side
  10. Don't overreact

These are some easy ways to improve your paintball game(if you aren't already taking advantage of these ideas). Most of these are lessons learned or things that helped our game when we took them more seriously. Go to our Facebook Team Page and leave us tips that you've learned or comment on this list.

This list is not in any particular order. It's just a list of random ideas that we puked out while spitballing about lessons learned and what technical areas gave us measurable improvements. Make up your own mind about each item and how you can apply it to your game.

Easy Tips To Improve Your Paintball Game

1. Paintball to barrel match is very often overlooked as an important factor in accuracy. We regularly get emails asking us what is the most accurate barrel for a certain type of gun. It comes down to a lot more than a brand and model of a barrel. You need a good match between the barrel bore and the paintball diameter. Having the right fit will make your shots more consistent and result in you having the ability to know where your paint is going to land.

2. Increasing the communication between your teammates is one of the keys to effectively moving and playing as a team. Learn keywords that mean something but doesn't give your plans away to opponents, e.g. yelling "Tie my shoe" means you're reloading, or yelling, "Fire Truck", means that you're going to move up to the next bunker.
Either your mouth should be communicating where your opponents are, or your ears should be hearing your teammates communicating information.
If you're in stealth mode for a scenario or sniper movement, you could use hand signals or a throat mic for communication.

3. I'd rather have a reliable paintball gun that puts one paintball where I want it to go vs. a high end marker that can shoot a huge spray of paintballs downfield but breaks or jams. Get to know your marker inside and out. Know how the bolt and trigger work, know how the air charges and where a paintball is most likely to chop. That way when something goes wrong, you know exactly what's happening.

4. Learning to load while shooting helps you in several ways. The biggest, in my opinion, is that you learn to keep your eyes downfield. It keeps you aware of changes both to your opponents and your teammates. It, of course, also helps you to maintain control of your lanes with marker fire. It's easy to learn, just start practicing with an empty gun/pod in your bedroom at night.

5. I've been able to eliminate people and anticipate what their next action was going to be by seeing an opponent's shadow behind a bunker. Run some dry drills for this with your team. Have a person stand behind a bunker and recognize their shape and movement. If you train on this long enough, you don't even have to think about it, it becomes reaction.

6. Don't come out of your bunker more than you need to. All you need to have in view of the opponent you're shooting at is one eye and your barrel. Granted, there are more things moving, but get your mentality to think - eye & barrel. Keep practicing this and you'll become a much smaller target.

7. One of the most common question we get submitted to us at Wolfpack Paintball is about how to perform well as a sniper. By far the most important factor is to be more patient than your opponent. Most people love the idea of playing a sniper, but rarely do any of these people have the patience. It's really all about sitting and waiting for an opportunity and letting your opponents make mistakes.

8. Asking for help can be one of the most difficult things for a lot of people to do. It could be an ego problem or a shyness issue. If you need help or want to ask someone how to do something, just do it. Start a conversation about something you need help with or don't understand. You'll learn at a much quicker rate and soon people will be asking you for help.

9. Learn what side of the bunker your opponent prefers to shoot from. This, undoubtedly, is their strong side. Do they only shoot right handed? Even when shooting from the left side of the bunker? They'll have to expose more to defend themselves from the left. If you move to bunker them, approach them from their weaker side. It can make all the difference in the world.

10. I learned early on that freaking out because an opponent made it up to a threatening bunker can cause your whole team to lose focus. If everyone on the team starts to shoot and focus on that player, the rest of the opposing team can move up and make eliminations. If someone moves up on you, assign a person to suppression fire until you can move to eliminate them. Meanwhile, the rest of the team needs to focus on their lanes and maintain opponent movement control.

That's our Top 10 List for today. Most of these items are super easy to practice or start employing in your game. Some of them can be great things for your team to practice off field and eventually work into tournament play. Be sure to stop by our Facebook Paintball Page and tell us what you've done to improve your paintball game.

Posted by Redwood on 04/26/2012