Skeet Shooting Tips
Welcome. Please browse the articles section for valuable tips and lessons on getting the most from your skeet shooting. We hope that whatever your level in the sport, we can provide you with some advice to help you improve your skills.
The website has gone through some changes in the last few years from its original design and the aim is to try and provide more of a community so that users can share tips and advice with one another. If you have any information or advice that you think may help the other users on our site, please feel free to share it by adding your comments to the appropriate section on the site.
A video section has been added so that you can see some proper instruction into the sport as we realise that translating the techniques from the articles to the range can be an obstacle in itself.
Jump right in and find out what you need in terms of information on the sport. Maybe there’s an area that you wish you could improve upon or you recognise a common issue that you think may need addressing to improve your skeet shooting skills. Well, have a look and see if that question has already been answered – maybe even by some of the comments we have received which are posted at the bottom of the articles.
It’s one of the main shotgun sports, the others being Clay Pigeon or Trap Shooting and Sporting Clays. It is a wonderful sport that can be enjoyed by all – participant or spectator. In fact, even at competition level, skeet shooting unlike many other sports, it is one where you will find the age difference between participants can be quite large. You are just as likely to see a 60 year old walk off the range as the victor as you are a 20 year old. It’s also an great sport in terms of equality, women can compete on the same level as men without issue.
There are many dynamics to the sport including what type of shotgun to use based on the various gauges available and what size of lead-shot (ammunition) to use. Add to that the fact that you can buy guns with different barrel lengths and to make it even more interesting you can use different chokes in the end of the gun barrel to change the spread or pattern of the shot. Don’t view any of these factors as complications, they simply add much more interest to the sport.
Skeet shooting is a great alternative for hunters during the off-season so that they can get more practise in and perfect their shooting techniques. The skeet range is designed to simulate most of the typical bird-hunting scenarios you are likely to encounter when out in the field. Regular participation on the skeet field means that you will soon be automatically allowing the right lead for bird hunting and making more of your shots count. It will help you improve your speed, your accuracy and your consistency when firing.
Equipment for the sport can be quite expensive for the individual to start off with, but overall the costs are not much greater than that spent by the average golfer. Joining a good skeet shooting club in your area is essential if you want to get the most from the sport and if you are seriously considering competition level.
Most clubs offer a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of helpful tips and advice from long-term members and coaches meaning that beginners and those non-professional shooters can enjoy the sport just the same as any other.
If you are not sure whether the sport is for you, why not find the details of your nearest club and go along to their next shoot. You will get a feel for the sport and the excitement and if you are lucky you may get a chance to try a few shots yourself.
Serious competitors can benefit greating from coaching where a trained instructor can watch how you normally take the targets and recommend what you need to do to correct and improve. It may be that you are lifting your head without realising it at the crucial moment when you pull the trigger or perhaps you are stopping as you go to take the shot and therefore need help with your follow through. Many clubs offer instructor services and coaching or can put you in touch with someone in your area.
We hope you managed to catch some of the action at the Olympic games in London. Whilst the rules have some variation it is essentially the same sport and it’s good to see it on the television as we feel there really should be more coverage of the sport and similar shotgun and rifle disciplines.