#1 Please describe your optimum breathing control during the preparation for and actual firing of a shot. littletoes says "There is a point referred to as the "Normal Respiratory Pause", this pause is the best time to execute your shot." That is precisely what I practice. I originally learned to holding a deep breath half way through a deep breath/exhale routine. I've found that that creates tension within the body and tension adversely affects accuracy. #2 Any suggestions on gaining control of your breathing if you are breathing deeply from excertion. Stand fully upright or lay flat on the ground and concentrate on breathing normally. A few deep breaths may help but don't overdo it or you'll hyperventilate - that make matters worse.