Clay Shooting Tips for Beginners
If you want to be an expert in skeet shooting, the most important lesson you need is for you to be able to have the nerve and mental strength for hard work and dedication. By far and large, great clay shooters had their lessons learnt from personal practice and experience. However, as is common to all of the veteran skeet shooters, the following are some of the most essential tips that as a beginner you need to know of for clay shooting.
First and foremost, talking of clay shooting and the mere fact that it involves the use of guns for the sport, safety should be the natural factor that needs to ring in mind in so far as tips go. And looking at safety, the first and most important thing that you need to be aware of is the need to have worn all the necessary hearing and eye protections always and ever. You need to hold your guns as if they were loaded always even though it is advisable for you to have your guns unloaded until you will be ready to take a shoot. The muzzle of the gun should as well be kept pointing down only to be lifted when you are shooting. Your gun as well needs to be unloaded whenever you are crossing over a stream, ditch or fence all in the interest of ensuring safety.
The need to ensure that you have found the right gun fit is the other tip that you will certainly appreciate as a beginner in clay shooting. This will be necessary so as to be able to shoot where you targeting. As a tip to help you see the fit of the gun, think of testing it prior such as by using a test board, set about 16 yards or so from you. Test it by mounting and shooting at the target without aiming and if you miss the target a number of times, consider fitting your gun.
For you to have such precision in clay shooting skills, the next thing you will need to look into is to determine which of the two eyes is the most dominant. Do not fall into the mistake that has been made by many of the clay shooters where they assume that going by the dominant hands, they can tell of their eye dominance as well.
After you have so determined your dominant eye, you will then need to take your practices for the mounts and this is with the gun not loaded for a start. The best shots will be only taken after a series and a routine of practicing swings/mounts.