From the movie “City Slickers” Curly (Jack Palance) reveals what the secret of life is by holding up 1 finger. Mitch (Billy Crystal) asks, “What is that “one thing?” Curly smiles and says, “That’s what you have to find out.”
Looking at your clays game in general, maybe you already know what that “one thing” is? Social shooting, fun, and entertainment? Or, maybe it’s more about competition and scoring? The differences here matter greatly. One could say the game is the same for everyone but I’m asking you to consider what is most important to you, the “one thing?”
It goes without saying that friendships, good food and breaking clays all go together. If entertainment is your goal when you step onto the shooting ground, savor your time in each shooting box. Targets will break. Maybe not consistently but they will break. Indeed, there’s no reason to question or judge why a shooter participates in the clay target sports for fun and enjoyment. The reason alone is enough. Be safe, be happy.
Then there are those who give X’s, improvement and score a higher priority. It’s likely you may be one such person? Glad to have you here, you are among friends who share those goals. So, what is that “one thing” for you? Score? Understood. A good example and a worthwhile objective.
Let’s put a harder focus on that “one thing,” whatever it is.
What happens at the target
depends on what happens before the trigger pull.
Daniel L. Schindler
Can we agree that what we do in our swing before the trigger pull (our tasks) will definitely affect what happens out at the target (the outcome)? Yes? If that is true – and it is – wouldn’t our set-up and swing tasks take on new importance? A higher priority? The “one thing?”
Let’s hold onto that and see how the next logical step so often takes things in the wrong direction.
I believe we would be correct in saying that breaking targets is a universal goal on clays ranges around the world. Right? True! No one likes missing or wants to miss. Folks – it is right here where shooter attention begins to shift towards outcomes and away from tasks. Think about that for a moment. Attention has shifted from our tasks – which we can control – to outcomes (on the other side of our muzzles) – which we cannot control.
Earlier we agreed that score might be that “one thing.” OK. But let’s not forget that a score is an outcome. And the only way to control that outcome is to control our set-up and swing tasks – something I hope we agreed on earlier.
When you stop chasing the wrong things,
you give the right things a chance to find you.
Daniel L. Schindler
As I used to be in that group many years ago, a lot of shooters still believe they can do the same things over and over again in the shooting box and then expect better results. And that a ton of shells downrange will create the hoped-for improvement, both in performances and scores. Being that our set-up and swing inconsistencies are in fact the reasons for our inconsistent (disappointing?) performances and scores, how will the endless repetition of those same inconsistencies yield the improvement and skill advancement we all want?
A major reason capable people fail to advance,
is because they do not focus on what needs changing.
Daniel L. Schindler
I don’t think there’s much to add to the fun and entertainment formula. To raise our skill level and scores, however, I think Curly was right, maybe we should take another look at that “one thing?” Outcomes? Maybe for the social shooter? For those who want to move their skills up? Not so much.
Always good to see you here. Be safe and I hope to see you out on the course.
Dan Schindler is one of only 60 worldwide members of the Guild of Shooting Instructors (UK) and is one of the most highly respected Sporting Clays and Wingshooting Instructors in the US. Dan is an NSCA Level III Instructor (since 1995) and founded the Paragon School of Sporting with one goal in mind. Whether it be for the advanced competitor or providing the basics to the entry-level shooter, Paragon provides the simplest, most practical and most effective Instruction, Coaching and Mental Training for the Sporting Clays & Wingshooting enthusiast. Dan Schindler helps shooters alleviate a lot of their frustration by taking the mystery out of breaking targets, calling their own misses and make their own corrections. Lessons are fun, enlightening and our clients learn to shoot better in minutes!
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