Struggling with breaking your first straight 25 targets? Or maybe you are past that but still can’t manage to break 100 straight. The chances are that you have arrived here because you are keen to know what you can do to improve your shooting skills on the skeet range.
Whatever your current level of ability there is always room for improvement and sometimes even a simple change can produce a big impact on your success in the sport. If you are at competition level then your need to produce better results and perform better are obvious – the better you do, the higher up the leaderboard you go. But even at an amateur level, who doesn’t want to outperform their friends or team mates. Whilst we all enjoy taking part, you cannot deny the satisfaction of winning.
The best way to improve is to practice, however, it can be difficult sometimes to know where you are going wrong. For that reason, you will benefit from researching what you can about the sport and getting expert opinion and tips. You will find links to videos and other training suggestions on here that will help you take your performance to the next level.
Skeet shooting is 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, 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.
The sport is also 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.