Shooting clay pigeon can be one daunting sport at first. There is this misconception that clay pigeon shooting an older men’s game and requires a lot of time to be a professional. It will not have space and time for newcomers, either young or old. However, it is not true. The clay pigeon shooting sports community want more people to join their experiences and stories. Also, it might be difficult for you to explore the game in the beginning. So we have provided you with 5 simple tips below which will help you to get the hang of the game.

Safety First

Safety First

Before everything else, you should know that you are entering a field of guns and targets. Safety is the most important part of any shooting sport. You are dealing with life and death in all shooting sports, and if you fail to show awareness of gun safety and a willingness to learn and follow the rules properly, people might not be very welcoming. Also, you must listen to the instructions of your instructor properly and obey his command. Your shotgun should never be loaded before you reach the platform. It should not be pointed at anything that you are not supposed to destroy, even if it is unloaded. Apart from gun safety,  make sure to wear adequate hearing protection and eye protection.

Determine Your Dominant Eye

Generally, a person will have a dominant eye, which will be helpful for the person to shoot with an eye closed. To test your dominant eye, point at something and without moving, close an eye. If your finger is no longer pointing at the target, the eye you closed is the dominant one or otherwise. You will need your dominant eye to be on the side you hold the trigger. If the dominant eye is not working for you during the shoots and you are missing the targets, the chances are that your eye is misaligned with the sites. Take the help of your instructor to rectify the problem.

Understand The Physics

Study how the clay pigeon travels, remember its path and understand its physics to break the clays. Your aim should be to get the shot and the clay on a path so that they converge in the air. This will take practice and skill until the time your instincts will start working.  Remember, if you are firing directly at the clay you will miss.

Do not get discouraged

 
There is no calculated number on how many times you will be missing your shots. If you are brand new to the sport, forget about hitting a double on the first day. This should not be a reason for you to get discouraged. Do not get embarrassed between professionals. Having fun should be your only motive while you are learning. Keep practising and make your game stronger every day.

Watch Carefully

The most important part of a sport is to observe the game.  Watch your instructors and other shooters carefully. Ask them for advice on the difficulties you face.  Pay attention to the flight of the clay and its path. Make an image of the path in your head.  Observe how the professionals prepare for their shoot and how they maintain safety and discipline. All of these factors will help you become a better clay pigeon shooter.