Writing articles for Shotgun Sports has made me pretty introspective about my own shooting. I started off my 2014 Skeet Shooting season in San Antonio at The Blaser Skeet Classic. Unlike years past, I did not shoot well, and I struggled to figure out why. I began to try to put together the rationale for my poor performance.
If you are having what you feel is a “bad day”, it might be being caused by the fact you are letting the background dictate where you maintain your gun and eye hold points.
Here I am holding properly for a Low 5; at the top of the Low House window and about 1/3 of the way out as per Todd Bender’s suggestions. If the tree line were in any closer, I would have trouble finding the target as quickly as I like. This would likely cause me to alter my hold point and miss.
Here I am setting up for my hold point at High 4. As the photo shows, this field at the Dallas Gun Club is very “clean”. I do not mean just that there were no spent hulls on the ground; what I mean pertains to the background of the field. The tree line is beyond the waterway and far enough distant the tree line does not impede my visual connection to the target. I can hold as Mr. Bender suggests — level with the bottom of the window and 1/3 of the way out.
My High 6 target has been properly acquired and I am tracking it for a moment before I trigger the shot. If I had altered my hold point further out because of bad background, I would have to wait on the target. Do not let the background dictate your hold points.