I took a day of sporting clays instruction the other day, from Paragon School of Sporting and boy am I glad I did. I had a different instructor for the morning and the afternoon. Each one told me that there was nothing they would change in my basic style, that they would/could only tweak and refine some minor points, but the fundamentally I was good to go. It was a terrific boost in confidence in hearing that. Dan Schindler, my instructor/coach for the afternoon, made it his teaching point to get me to understand and see my “insertion point,” where the muzzle of the shotgun first merges with the flight of the target. Once I understood what my insertion point was, it was my job to duplicate that for every shot, to be a more consistent shooter.
At the first station in the afternoon I shot a bunch of A and B targets at Dan’s direction. When Dan asked me where my insertion point was, I didn’t know. First I had to understand the term, but after we agreed on the definition of the term, I still couldn’t tell him where my insertion point was. I he told me I was inserting behind the target, and pulling through and shooting. That I was a pull through shooter. I told him I really didn’t know. After I paid more attention to what I was actually doing, I thought I was more of a pull away shooter, that I was inserting at the target and pulling away. At least that’s the way it looked to me. Dan said it didn’t matter, as his perspective and mine can differ, but what matters is whatever I see, I must be able to see it and duplicate it to have greater consistency.
Now that I was aware of the importance of the insertion point, I concentrated on setting up, seeing it and duplicating it for every shot. Boy did it make things seem easier.
The point of this piece is not to focus on what Dan Schindler did for me, but what good instruction/coaching might be able to do for you. If you want to be as good as you can be, with the physical tools nature has put in your body, you have to be willing to practice or work at your game and continually learn from others. If learning from others means paying and taking instruction from a place like Paragon School of Sporting, then that’s what you must do. I was shooting with two other shooters who were excellent shooters, but who wanted to get better. They both said that their money was well spent.
So while you are at home wondering why you can’t beat these guys, these guys are out taking lessons and practicing, just to make sure you stay beaten.