Dan Schindler's Blog
SPORTING CLAYS . . . THE GAME INSIDE THE GAME
07/22/2017
SPORTING CLAYS . . . THE GAME INSIDE THE GAME

Competent, personal instruction will never be one-size fits all. It can’t be. No two shooters are ever the same. Goals differ. Skills differ. Personal habits and traits differ. Confidence levels go from one end of the spectrum to the other. Equipment selections vary greatly; some being an asset, some not. And none of these differences have touched on physical issues that may be affecting my student’s shooting. While instruction may be universal in a few regards . . . much of it isn’t. Effective instruction will always be a unique combination of A) Instructor skills and B) student willingness to adjust to change. A) is defined by competence, including ...

Let's Talk about Beyond The Target (Book III)
07/17/2017
SPORTING CLAYS . . . THE GAME INSIDE THE GAME

"Everything you ever taught me plus a lot more is in Beyond The Target.I consider it my sporting clays Bible which I will read thoroughly & refer to frequently.It is an invaluable text.Every clay shooter should get one." - Mark Engen, DVM"LOVED Beyond The Target! A must read for all Sporting Clay shooters."Excellent!"- Linda Henson, Retired Corporate Trainer  A terrific book for shooters at all levels.- Howard Fortner Beyond The Target (Book III)Daniel Schindler's Latest Release Beyond The Target is definitely "not" a rehash of all you've read, seen and heard over the last decade. Focused and completely up to date, Beyond The Target's Truths and facts dispel all ...

Eye Dominance Testing and Issues in Sporting Clays, Skeet and Trap . . . Go Slowly Please
06/05/2017
SPORTING CLAYS . . . THE GAME INSIDE THE GAME

Eye Dominance Testing and Issues in Sporting Clays, Skeet and Trap  . . . Go Slowly Please I’ve just finished reading Peter Blakely’s informative article “EYE DOMINANCE Isn’t All It Seems,” in the March 2017 issue of Clay Target Nation. Based on my experience, Peter’s descriptive explanations are well written and very much on the mark, especially the high numbers of women who are cross or center dominant.  When I went through Instructor certification training in the mid-1990's, we were taught that a cross-dominant shooter…an individual whose mounted gun was not under the dominant eye…could not hit targets with both eyes ...

Mushin (Moo-shin) . . . the Door into the Zone
02/17/2017
SPORTING CLAYS . . . THE GAME INSIDE THE GAME

As a Sporting Clays Instructor and Coach, it seems there’s always been a healthy interest in “the mental game.” What is it, exactly? How does it work? Does it work? Where would I begin? All are good questions. Defining the mental game is a little like trying to define “shooting.” To make any sense of it, we first need to be a little more specific. Here’s one example from the mental game, an important component. Tournament (performance) pressure is certainly real, an equal opportunity interrupter of performances, showing no leniency to whatever the task in front of us may be. Typically, under pressure in the tournament shooting box, time seems to ...

Pre-Shot Routine (Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap)
01/25/2017
SPORTING CLAYS . . . THE GAME INSIDE THE GAME

Regardless of clay target discipline (sporting clays, skeet, trap), gun control skills built on the non-negotiable basics must come first. The current level of shooting success will always depend on that very foundation. Construction of gun skills underway – with consistency as the chief cornerstone of that improvement – the importance of a working PSR rises exponentially and quickly becomes a requisite in maintaining the process of incremental, measurable progress. Once understood, a working PSR is actually quite simple to assemble and implement. The power of its usefulness must be experienced to be truly appreciated. The PSR is a key component of the Paragon Mental Training ...