Few Good Tips
Field etiquette requires that you stay behind the shooter in front of you, and
are always ready to walk onto the station as soon as he/she finishes. Use this
time to your advantage and watch the flight path of the targets, review the fundamentals,
visualize your hold, and where you will be watching for the target. See the leads
and mentally break the targets.
Never volunteer unsolicited advice to others when they err or miss. Likewise,
try not to heed unsolicited advice from individuals who do not follow the coaching
rule-the advice may not be correct.
alignment: Front bead only-Center the front bead over the cross furrow
in the rib, or (other models) at the top of the ramp so the rest of the rib is
not visible. Two beads, front and middle-place the front bead on top of
the middle bead, forming a figure 8.
position: Place the same part of both feet on an imaginary diagonal line from
upper left to lower right corner of the stand. The graphic below shows the foot
placement for a right-handed shooter. Left-handed shooters would align themselves
along the dotted line.
the gun: From a rest position (butt of gun is almost under the armpit with muzzle
pointing down), level the gun, then raise it to the face/shoulder at the same
time. Always keep your head erect and chin at a natural level. Practice bringing
the gun to your shoulder and face without moving your head. Practice 100 rimes
looking in a mirror. Practice until you can mount the gun the exact same way every
time. Learn to feel a good mount. If the mount does not feel right, take the gun
down and start over.
focus: Always direct your eyes away from the barrel; otherwise, you may have a
tendency to focus on the sight alignment beads. If you focus on the sight alignment
beads, you won't be watching for the target. By the time you finally see it, it
may be nothing more than a big blur as it goes whizzing past the end of your barrel.
So, forget the beads, forget the barrel, and once you have the gun at the hold
point, move only your eyes toward the window of the house as far as you comfortably
can without looking right into the window and without pulling your head away from
the stock. Typically, that point is about halfway between the barrel and the window.
stations to learn: The logic of learning stations 1, 2, 6, and 7 before the others
can be seen in the math. If you hit 80% of these targets, that's 13 targets out
of the 25. Not bad for a beginner. If you get 50% of the remaining targets at
stations 3, 4, 5, and 8, that's four more, and you're already up to 17 targets
and that really makes a new shooter happy.
One of the most important things a new shooter must learn is how to eliminate
the variables. You can't be thinking about what target comes next, how to stand,
or where the hold point is. The only thing you should be thinking about and visualizing
when you walk to the station, is the type of lead you want to put on the particular
target you are getting ready to shoot and what the sight picture looks like. It
is always best to have the entire shooting sequence memorized before you walk
onto the station.
Speed: Target speed variation is only an illusion; all targets are thrown at the
same speed every time. However, as a general rule of thumb, if a target appears
to be flying fast, use more lead.