What's In Your Shooting Toolbox?
September 2010 Sporting Clays Tip
by Dan Schindler
Learning a new skill can be fun. And it should be. And once all the equipment has been purchased - ready or not - it's finally time to step into the box and meet the clay target. While no doubt exciting - it may be a bit humbling as well. Not only do the targets provide all the challenge we want and more, we quickly learn the target doesn't always break just because we want it to.
Don't get me wrong - I applaud determination. But I also know that repetition in the box without the basics - without proper technique - is practice built more on hope than a well thought out plan. It seems, good shooting can be here today - then gone tomorrow. Consistently good shooting, on the other hand, is built on a strategy that includes the basics. It is not a mystery - nor is there some special magic some shooters have and others don't. Every day - people just like you - move their shooting skills forward decisively and on purpose. They do this, primarily, with 2 things: 1) technique and 2 ) a commitment to those techniques - in that order.
Techniques - the building blocks that make up your shooting skills - all go into your toolbox. Because those who stand in the shooting box with the best strategy - who know the right techniques for these 2 presentations - always have the advantage. If consistency is a goal - Paragon Instructors can help you put those strategies - those techniques - and more self-confidence into your toolbox.
Being a pragmatic person, I am usually more inclined to look at things from a practical perspective. What follows is something that I've learned is best for me. YMMV. Here's what I've discovered.
I have a drawer full of shooting glasses, some dating all the way back to 1979. If you need a particular color, call me.
When I am teaching in really bright sunlight, I greatly appreciate my Randolph Engineering CMT's............
000000. As the empty shells pile up in the trashcan beside the shooting box, do you ever feel "lost?" Can’t find the problem? Why isn’t that target breaking? Here’s what I believe is the # 1 most common problem and cause of missing. Chances are very good this particular detail could well be the starting point, the primary reason why your scores and performances may be sputtering. In Latin, it’s called "anxious-erratica." I’m pretty sure that means "lost birds senor."............