Skeet shooting is a sport that many enjoy, but, often, it can be more than enjoyment. Many people have gone on to compete in skeet shooting contests for prizes and even money. Whether you enjoy skeet shooting for the fun or if you shoot competitively, you can always work on your shooting accuracy. There are a variety of things you can do to improve your skeet shooting that can help you be number one at your next competition. Following are 10 tips that you can use to make your skeet shooting the best it has ever been.

1. Get the Right Equipment – When you are skeet shooting, having the right equipment is of utmost importance. You will want to make sure that you gun fits you right and that it feels right to you, as well. If you are uncomfortable with your gun and how it fits and feels, this will affect your shooting accuracy. Other equipment that may help you includes ear protection, so the noise will not startle you and a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes.

2. Find a Comfortable Mount Position – Some people choose to mount the gun high and close to the body, while others choose to keep the gun low and away from their body. If you are shooting skeet in international competitions, you will be required to do the low mount, but, otherwise, you can usually choose the position you want. Find which position is the most comfortable and use it for the best accuracy while shooting.

3. Body Position – Your body’s position is just as important as the position of the gun when you are skeet shooting. Make sure that you have a firm stance and place your feet about a shoulder’s width apart to get the best position. This will keep you from losing your balance and will help keep your muscles from tightening or tensing at the wrong time and jerking your shot off.

4. Breathe – When you are shooting, make sure that you breathe and relax before your shot to maintain your body’s relaxation. As you walk from place to place, be sure to keep breathing and make sure you are not holding your breath.

5. Point the Gun – It is very helpful if you point your gun in the direction that the target will be. Getting your gun and your body in position for the next shot is very important. If you are already pointing your gun in the direction of the next target you will be ready to make an accurate and quick shot.

6. Focus on the Target – It is important that you focus on the target you are shooting at instead of on the barrel of the gun. Focusing on the target will insure a more accurate shot since you are focusing on what you are actually shooting at.

7. Make a Decision – If you are shooting pairs, you may want to decide which target you are going to shoot first. Making this decision ahead of time is important so you will not have to think about it and miss the shot while you are thinking.

8. Mirror Practice – To get your swing and mount right, you can practice this move in front of the mirror. A smooth, quick swing and mount will enable you to be more accurate. When you practice in front of a mirror, you can check your body position and make sure that you are keeping your body straight.

9. Make a Change – If you are having a time when you are consistently missing the targets, you should make a change in what you are doing. You can change the position of your feet or your mount position to try to correct the problem.

10. Practice – One of the very best things you can do to become more accurate at skeet shooting is to practice. Practice every part of the skeet shooting process from your stance to your swing and your final shot. The more you practice and become comfortable with the process, the better you will do.

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