One thing I have noticed about my game is that I get a certain fantasy in my head that says, "Oh you can become a great player, if you had your paintball marker this way." The last time I really played great the way I know I am capable I can remember twice. The first time was about in 2009. I was playing at my "home" field what used to be Chaos paintball. I had a Tippmann A-5 and I had the A-5 A2 kit from Special Ops on it. It had the stock on it, and it had a smooth horizontal grip it almost reminds me of a grip that you would see on a classic Thompson. I was very comfortable with this marker and I do not know what it was but I was able to make shots that I would even believe in making. Then I got this idea in my head that said, "hey lets turn your marker into a MP5." So I did exactly just that. I put so much useless into my marker that it ended up being terrible. I remember going to a scenario at Excalibur paintball and I had way too many extra stuff on that marker that it was embarrassing literally. I remember everyone that day at the field was going over the safety rules and there was a giant group of them all together. I was busy fighting getting all my gear on with my vest, tank, remote line. I was the dude that had all the special ops camouflage on from head to toe. I go to walk up to hear the safety briefing when all the sudden my remote line spits off the end of my maker and starts literally whipping everywhere I cannot get to it, my friends dad behind me starts to unscrew the remote line from the tank, meanwhile a ref runs over rips my vest off and steps on it. The whole crowd looks back at me and man that had to have been the most embarrassing moment I have had so far in paintball.
The next time I remember playing great was the last time I played paintball it had to have been almost a year ago in June. The only marker I had was my CCI Phantom. I did ok with it when I had it in all stock class. But I did even better when I played modified stock class. I noticed that I was so worried about reloading and having so many thoughts in my head at once that it was messing with my game. I was not used to playing with 12 grams or stock class feed. I came to the realization that I should switch to the way I want to now. This will be the last upgrade. I am tired of buying a marker and instead of leaving it the exact perfect way that it is, I upgrade the heck out of it and it screws me up. I remember reading in one of my paintball magazines some advice that has held true to me and one that I will hold onto forever. The best upgrade is you. Buy field passes and paint and upgrade yourself and your game instead of useless upgrades or upgrades that you are not ready for yet.
This is my phantom as it is currently. I am not a fan of stock class and I am perfectly fine with that. The "upgrades" I have made to it is I had a Timmy detent inserted inside, an 8 inch barrel, under cocking kit, and 12 gram changer. When I originally got the marker it had everything on it except the 12 gram changer it was a little small co2 tank fed, and regular barrel. I have also bought a joyride pack.
Now are all of these things nice. Yes, yes they are but they are not me. I want a marker that I do not have to worry when to change the 12 gram, or when to put another tube in. I do love pump though! I was able to move very quickly and make moves other people could not. I was hoping to convert my phantom to open class for two reasons. The first to get my phantom the way I would want it to be finally and just enjoy paintball. The second reason is to eventually prepare me for when I have a CCM T2.
With that being said I really have to make a change in paintball, in my game and with my gear. I have found who I want to be as a player now I just have to get down to brass tacks. I am in the days of my life right now and I am enjoying each moment of it. I want to get the player I know I can become and I feel that a way that I can do that is just to get rid of a bunch of the gear that I do not use anymore and just focus on playing paintball and practicing rather than buying the next new item. I will be putting up this week all the gear that I do not use anymore, I feel almost overwhelmed when I open my closet.
After I practice and get comfortable with my marker and gear I will start playing paintball again. At the moment it is very hard for me to play paintball since my nearest field is about 2 hours away. I am planning on doing what Greg Hastings does or what I saw off of Facebook where he had a tour of duty. He had a certain paintball event each month and then had some time off. So he had a certain amount of events. I do have big games somewhat near me and so those are what I want to go to. I am glad I have gotten away from wanting the flashy gear and I want to focus on me as a player. The gear I use I love it because it suits me. I love wearing one of those old football practice jerseys. I know I can become a great player in this game. My relatives think that I am crazy but this is honestly what I want to do. I see players like LeBron James and I know I can reach that same level of greatness that he has except in paintball. It is a matter of how bad do you want to become successful and how bad do you want it? I want to become a legend in paintball.
Edited by SIEFKA, 01 June 2013 - 11:55 PM.