Sporting Clays and Wingshooting Tips
Changing Chokes - A Real Advantage?
12/09/2017
Changing Chokes - A Real Advantage?

As you know, changing chokes from field to field is very common. And it can be to our advantage, depending on the reasons for changing and how the choke is being used.         For example, a few years back in a match, I observed an elderly gentleman prepare for a crossing target under his feet, inbound across a ravine. The common breakpoint on this A target was under 25 yards. Visibly anxious, he was vacillating, unsure of what choke to put in. He stepped into the box less than confident. I was on deck behind him. He very clearly shot behind the first two A birds, stopping his gun each time because he incorrectly thought he was too far in front. He ...

How To Choose Which Bird First On A True Pair
12/09/2017
Changing Chokes - A Real Advantage?

Target setters are a devious bunch and, have no doubt, we’re all the better for it. This particular true pair presentation can be shot either way and has us wondering which bird first, the A or B trap? Watching some of the shooters ahead of us hasn’t helped since there are just as many shooting the A trap first as there are shooting the B trap first and few are running this station. Choosing which bird first isn’t obvious but there is a way to untangle this and put the odds in our favor.         At the call, as a true pair, watch both birds carefully as they come into their last half or last third of their flight. Which bird do you ...

Why Am I Missing Clay Targets?
11/18/2017
Changing Chokes - A Real Advantage?

Gift Certificates Available (828)693.6600 As a very busy Coach and Instructor, what have I learned from those shooters who have inquired about taking lessons? The # 1 question I hear is…”Why am I inconsistent?” Said very respectfully, the answer is because your set-up and swing are not the same on the target you are missing. While it may look and feel the same, it is actually inconsistent and those inconsistencies inevitably lead to more lost targets. Which brings our conversation to learning what those inconsistencies are. Far more important than where your friends tell you the miss went, we’re focusing on why. What actually went wrong with the ...

5 Most Important Questions The Tournament Clay Shooter Should Be Asking
11/03/2017
Changing Chokes - A Real Advantage?

1. Which is more important . . . understanding the basics, the precision, and fundamentals that generate Xs . . . or equipment, chokes, and loads? 2. The trap machine fires: am I controlling my gun’s movement precisely . . . or trying to force the shot outcome 35 yards away? 3. Seriously . . . can I honestly trust my swing? Is it consistent . . . or is it changing from target to target without my knowledge? XXXXXX . . . or X00X0X? 4. Why am I constantly distracted and not focused in the shooting box? 5. Specifically . . . HOW do I add more Xs to my scorecard? Not just sometimes but ...

There Are No Performance Limits
11/03/2017
Changing Chokes - A Real Advantage?

Do you feel you are a better sporting clays shooter than your score sheet shows? Are you tired of letting your dogs down in the hunting field? Are ready to take the mystery out of your inconsistent shooting? Rules of Engagement by Daniel Schindler "The problem with being self-taught usually begins with the teacher." For those who tire of the self-taught route, before calling an Instructor to inquire about fees, scheduling and such, here are a few suggestions from someone who's many times been both a student and teacher. For an Instructor working with a corporate or social group, it's all about safety and providing entertainment. Formal instruction is not on the menu. ...