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Old 03-25-2019, 02:43 PM   #1
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New shooter here. Really dig the SC but can't hit crap... Yea, I watch the tutorials, practice gun mounts, foot placement, both eyes open, determine focus, hold, and hit points; but just can't get the lead right. Maybe I need glasses. Is the natural progression to SC start at trap first? I'm not half bad at that...
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:59 PM   #2
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New shooter here. Really dig the SC but can't hit crap... Yea, I watch the tutorials, practice gun mounts, foot placement, both eyes open, determine focus, hold, and hit points; but just can't get the lead right. Maybe I need glasses. Is the natural progression to SC start at trap first? I'm not half bad at that...
I would say go to your club on slow days, hit the 5-stand and focus on one target from each angle until you nail it consistently, then go to the next one and repeat. Oh and tip your trapper well for letting you go off menu and humoring you. Then go to SC but do all report pairs or even singles.

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Old 03-26-2019, 04:50 AM   #3
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First thing I would do is hit the pattern board to see where your gun hits in relation to where you're pointing. It might be a gun fit issue. You mentioned your eyes; depending on your age, that could also be a factor.

Are there any specific target types giving you more trouble than others? For example, I had a hard time, for a long time, with fast outgoing rising teals - the kind that shot up and out like a rocket. Took someone lookingt over my shoulder to see what I was doing wrong
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New shooter here. Really dig the SC but can't hit crap... Yea, I watch the tutorials, practice gun mounts, foot placement, both eyes open, determine focus, hold, and hit points; but just can't get the lead right. Maybe I need glasses. Is the natural progression to SC start at trap first? I'm not half bad at that...
I found that Trap is a good place to start... actually the patterning board is where you want to go first, then Trap and then start shooting singles in SC. Some SC ranges have courses of different degrees of difficulty. Start at the easiest course and work your way up. Confidence is also a factor in SC's.You should always believe in yourself.
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Old 03-26-2019, 07:30 AM   #5
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Trap is good; however, I think skeet is even better for a few reasons:
The targets NEVER vary, there is no oscillating trap
The distances are close so someone watching you can better determine the causes of your misses
Finally, most sporting courses tend to throw targets more like skeet - quartering away or in, as opposed to straight away rising.

Good luck, get some help/lessons. That will shorten the learning curve.

lastly, if you are used to scoring high 24/25s in trap and aren't close in sporting, that is to be expected. Very few perfect scores in sporting, even by the top "pros".
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:34 AM   #6
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lastly, if you are used to scoring high 24/25s in trap and aren't close in sporting, that is to be expected. Very few perfect scores in sporting, even by the top "pros".
Not even close. My trap scores are 18-22. Going to try the pattern board. But, I shoot an 1100, which is suppose to be the F150 of trap guns. I think I'm the problem.
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Not everyone can shoot with both eyes open. Get a lesson with an experienced coach.
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Old 03-26-2019, 09:02 AM   #8
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Hmmm, every tutorial I've seen and everything Iv'e read says shoot with both eyes open. Maybe that's my problem...
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I normally shoot around 23/24/25 at trap, or rather I did until I started SC.

The first time I shot SC, I got a 50 out of 100. I decided I sucked and was going to go back to trap. Then I talked to some of the guys at my range and they said that 50 on your first time out means I was a natural, so I stayed with it.

It's a lot harder than trap, a lot harder than skeet and it takes time to get good at it. I've been at it around 4 years now, shoot once a week without fail except when on vacation and today I shot a 93, which is about normal for me these days.
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How long have you been shooting clays?
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