Shooting Tips and Tricks

GENERAL

Coping with distractions:  Practice coping with distractions.  Visualise handling no-birds, people talking and trap breakdowns and other types of interruptions. Practice staying calm! [sk]

You cannot shoot your way out of a slump.  Review your latest events and work on the issues that you found.  Train on your ‘bug’ birds!  Practice = practice rounds.  Training = individual targets.

Give yourself positive affirmations, not negative ones.  For example, when you get on to the shooting stand, don’t use the word ‘don’t’ e.g. “don’t shoot over the top”.  The reason is your brain doesn’t register the word “don’t” and instead what tends to happen is that you shoot over the top.  Rather use the positive affirmation “shoot enough underneath”.  Your brain latches on to the positive statement and generates the right signal and energy!

 

SKEET

Never allow your barrels to be above the flight line of the target when you call for a target.  If you do, your eyes will lose focus as you ‘chop down’ through the flight line, which can result in a lost target. [sk]

 

SPORTING

Never allow your barrels to be above the flight line of the target when you call for a target – even on rabbits.  If you do, your eyes will lose focus as you ‘chop down’ through the flight line, which can result in a lost target. [sk]

 

TRAP

 

UNIVERSAL TRENCH

Eye & gun hold position :  Most of the targets will pass a “common spot” ahead of the trench. It is usually between 2 – 3 meters out of the trench.  On stands 1 & 2 gun hold is to the left of the centre mark and on stands 4 & 5 gun hold is to the right of the centre mark.  Stand three gun hold is on the centre mark.  Eye position from all 5 shooting stands is at the point where all the clays pass the common spot.  Focus your vision in this area and the clays will pass through your vision. [mk]