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4 Easy Steps to Higher Scores
4 Easy Steps to Higher Scores

Well…maybe not exactly easy…but, here is a down and dirty, common sense hit list of exactly what puts more Xs on a scorecard. FWIW…my understanding of the science behind excellent shooting has come from my respected mentors. But, the art of my successful teaching has come from my thousands of students. Here are 4 cliffs notes on the process of putting more Xs on a score card. Step 1, is the word…or the question I hear most often… ”Why am I so inconsistent?” Well, it could be any of a few dozen commonplace reasons, but this we can count on: the swing being observed, on the very same target, typically, is not the same every time. ...

The X Game
4 Easy Steps to Higher Scores

Seeing is believing…but not always truthful. If we are missing targets, we would stop and look for the reasons why. Obviously, either in our set-up…or our swing…maybe both…something’s wrong. We already know these targets can be broken…and we aren’t. That we are making errors is obvious. Once the errors are found and corrected, targets begin to break. Predictably. Equally important…when we are breaking targets…are we asking ourselves why the target just broke? Was that X…1) a coincidence or 2) a planned and correctly executed swing? Here’s why I believe we should know if it’s 1) or 2). If it was an ...

When XX Matters
4 Easy Steps to Higher Scores

There are set-up basics (pre-shot skills) – swing basics (gun management skills) – and scoring basics (performance skills). All are interlocked, very much dependent on the other in purposely building our Sporting Clays (& Trap & Skeet) game on a platform of dependability and confidence. What follows is a favorite topic of mine, previously discussed multiple times from various perspectives. It cannot be stated too many times. It’s a fundamental that can motivate a peak performance in the tournament shooting box. Shell by shell…target by target…this motivation tool is built on the range during training/practice. In my experienced opinion, grasping ...

Respect for a Mountain of Broken Targets
4 Easy Steps to Higher Scores

So…how long has it been since you thought about your own shooting? 2 days ago? Yesterday? 11 seconds ago? If you chose 11 seconds…welcome to the club. We are many, and you are in a great group of kindred spirits. As shooters, we are inundated with so much information on our equipment choices… shooting methods…the mental game…I wonder if we sometimes forget what really matters. No…not just to me…definitely not…but maybe to you too? The following are a few of my thoughts…any conclusions are left up to you. From the time I was very young, being in the field taught me how little I knew. I wasn’t 10 years old yet but ...

True North
4 Easy Steps to Higher Scores

As the 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 ...