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    So, what could I be talking about? I will explain. When I raced for many years I did a lot of tuning, yes some was the engine, but that was a small part. We would work/tune the weight and balance, front end, the tire stagger & air pressure, the springs and shocks and many other things, in other words the chassis. So how does this relate to skeet shooting? Well think of the gun as the engine and for this discussion we will say it is tuned to the max. Now the chassis is the shooter, which is all this other I talked about tuning. The race car no matter how good the engine was and how much horse power it made would not win races unless you could put that HP to the ground and get the car to handle. The same with shooting, no matter how good the gun is, it takes the shooter (which is the chassis of the car) to be tuned as well. And tuning the shooter is a trial and error process. For example, go on youtube and watch the world championship shoot offs. These are some of the best in the business, Take 3 of these shooters LP, Todd Bender and Mike Schmidt and watch them in these shoot offs. Each one has a different style, stance, gun mount and etc, but it works for them very well. You would think that there is only a few ways to make things work, but that is far from the case, as you can see by watching these 3 shooters.

    What got me to thinking about this is my trying to get ready to go to the world championship. I have found many small things that seem to help with my game. I will give you some examples, how I grip the gun, too loose is not good and too tight is not good, how much I bend my knees and how much forward weight I have, again too much or too little just doesn't work as well as just right. How I mount the gun, get it too low or too far out on my shoulder and things are not good. Now I think you get the point, you have to tune things so it is the best it can be for you. And just like the race car you have to work to find the small things that makes it better. Now this doesn't mean to constantly changing things, as this will only make things worse. What it means is little tweaks of this and that and only at practice, go to tournaments with a plan and stick with it. Now I will say I have found things in tournaments that work better, but most of the time it was something that I should have been doing and I knew it, but it had slipped away for some reason. The point is like the race car, you have to keep tuning and tuning, it never stops. Also you will notice the closer you get to the perfect set up, the smaller the changes. Also it helps to have a coach who can recognize these small changes and help with the tuning, but the coach can't tell you what feels really good to you. This brings us to another part of how to tell if a change in tuning is good or not. If it feels really good and you consistently break the target, even when it does something funny, along with it feeling easy, then you are on to the perfect tune. Now keep in mind sometimes when you change one thing it can effect another. So one part that is tuned very well may not be after you make a change to another part. You have to get everything tuned together and working together. For example, a perfect foot position for a certain hold and break point may not be perfect if the hold or break point has to be changed. Why would the hold or break point change? Well it could be the back ground or the speed of the target or just how well you are reacting to the target. And believe me, as you get older or your eyes change, your reaction changes.

    Work on how well tuned you are and you will see improvement in your game. Don't think just because so & so does it this way that it is the perfect tune for you, everyone is different, as you can see from watching the video's I mentioned before.

    Hope this will help you with your game.
    Allen aka WAM
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