Sporting Clays and Wingshooting Tips
Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap Scoring Skills - Part II
03/22/2017
Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap Scoring Skills - Part II

 Trust in the Shooting Box (continued)  Second, assuming 1) we are experiencing some of this success…and 2) we are competing…there will come a time in which our attention should shift from executing the step-by-step swing components to trusting our swing without micromanaging it.  When we were very young and first jumped on a bicycle, it all seemed so complicated…at that time. Not too long after, we didn’t have to think about it all…just jump on and voila, you’re Evel Knieval. This was the same step 1, step 2 process we’re discussing here.  I write you about this 2-step process because yesterday I read an ...

Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap Scoring Skills - Part 1
03/21/2017
Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap Scoring Skills - Part II

 Trust in the Shooting BoxLike yourselves, I too have climbed that long hill to improvement, consistency and higher clay target (sporting clays, skeet, trap) scores. While that journey is one I’d gladly do again for the sweet victories and accomplishments, it’s sure had its rough moments as well. No doubt, you can relate to both. Here are 2 very important considerations that revealed themselves to me many years ago during my journey, which, thankfully, is still ongoing.  First, the shooting/scoring skills we seek and aspire to have to be built. While some do progress faster than others, that sometimes-obstinate learning curve applies to everyone, no exceptions. ...

Sporting Clays . . .Upside Down
02/28/2017
Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap Scoring Skills - Part II

It is interesting, and completely understandable, that the X or 0 holds so much of our attention. And why not? That’s what counts, right? Well, yes it does. And, if we are serious about the next target breaking, why we got that X also counts. A few years back, Denise and her husband George traveled a fair distance to work with me. After the handshakes, we sat down and I went through the preliminaries with them as I do all my students. Not long after, we began on the River Bend skeet range to instill the set-up and swing basics. George had the slower, more methodical swing, thus achieved more consistency and success. Denise was the newer, less experienced shooter. A take ...

Why Am I Inconsistent in Sporting Clays, Trap, Skeet or Wingshooting?
02/01/2017
Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap Scoring Skills - Part II

To begin, I think it’s important to start by saying there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using our natural, eye-hand coordination to break targets. Literally, billions of targets have been broken this way . . . but not consistently. To break targets consistently—on purpose—takes a certain amount of correctness built into each set-up and swing, deliberately. None of which are required . . . unless you decide to seek more consistency, better shooting performances, and higher scores. If you are one of these individuals, the basics, the fundamentals, become indispensable. Good shooters know this, which explains why their swing looks so smooth, so controlled. It ...

True North
01/30/2017

As the 2017 Sporting Clays season is about to kick off, here are a few thoughts about how to start our new year, in the right direction. No, not my direction…what might be your best direction. Understandably, and rightfully so, a lot of attention is given to our equipment choices, making those choices a high priority. No arguments here, let’s make good choices. Right after that we’ll begin to polish our shooting, our methods and strategies, signing up for events we wish to attend. This is an intelligent, prudent approach. But is this what’s most important, the first question at the top of our to-do list? Those who climb the ladder to more consistency ...