Skeet shooting like many other competitive sports can be learned over time with, or even without the help of a coach. Depending on how far a shooter wants to take the sport will have a great bearing on whether a coach is needed.

If you are intending to take your skills to the next level, and compete in shooting tournaments, or against other skilled shooters then getting a coach, or paying for lessons is probably the most valuable decision that you will ever make.

Similarly, if you are having a regular and recurring problem with your shooting technique that you can’t quite determine or get rid of, then getting professional feedback from a qualified coach is advantageous.

How To Choose Your Coach

Choose your coach carefully. Look for a skillful and seasoned coach that has had many years of experience in both hunting and skeet shooting and is willing to take the time to teach you the sport properly from start to finish. By using a coach who is a skilled shooter, you will avoid many mistakes and bad habits that would take you years to unlearn and rectify.

You also need to look for a coach that can not only shoot well, but teach well, too. Some people are excellent shooters, but aren’t able to effectively explain to another person why they are so good at it. Skeet shooting involves a lot of scientific and technical considerations —being adept with these aspects can be a huge advantage in this particular sport. A good coach will be able to explain these things to you in an easy to understand way, without putting you to sleep or boring you to death.

Your coach may be someone who you already know through participation in the sport who is at a higher level than you and perhaps agreeable to spend time with you improving your game. You may instead choose a private professionally qualified coach from a local club or you could find a suitable coach via membership of the National Skeet Shooting Association.

You will know when you have found the right coach even after your first lesson. The right coach for you will give you the confidence that you are in the right place with the right person to teach you the sport. You should know right away that he knows his stuff and has a lot to offer you. If you don’t walk away from your first lesson thinking these things, maybe you should think about finding someone else to teach you.

Finding a good coach will take time and research.  Don’t skimp on this or you will regret it. Interview several coaches before making a final choice. And have two or three options as your first choice may be full.

Keep in mind that the good coaches may be busy a lot of the time, so book your lessons well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

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