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    After several conversations, it has come to my attention that there is a lot lost in the translation in the skeet instructional world.

    Now I want to say that every shooter is different and how things work for them, as well as how they interpret things vary greatly.

    Here are a few examples:

    Hold points about 1/3 of the way from the house. This would lead some to think that somewhere about 1/3 is all that is needed. This is very far from the truth. Hold points are very critical and need to be within 6 inches and vary from station to station and this includes height also.

    Foot positions, right handed shooters face the low house. But this also is not written in stone, as foot positions changes can change break points, as well as how you make the move with the target. It can get more complex than most realize.

    Look points, some say soft focus and look for the flash. This is correct, but where you look and how you look is very important. If you listen to various ones you will hear many different things. They also say see the flash and focus on the target, correct again, but focus on the target. That phrase "focus on the target", most would think when someone says focus that means look at it hard and for an extended period of time. The problem is you can't focus on a fast out goer but a second before you should break it. Most want to see it clearly, but again you actually see it clearly long before the conscience mine tells you it has seen it, which is too late then. But the long incomer, you want to see it but not really focus on it until it comes into the "look and see zone", which is before the break zone. If you try to focus on it too soon (the long incomer), it will lead to measuring/looking back at the gun.

    These are just some of the LOST IN TRANSLATION that is commonly misunderstood in skeet fundamentals. These are also some of the things that causes shooters to take longer to learn the game and progress like they should. I know it took me a very long time to get where I am and I had some great help along the way.

    Allen aka WAM
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