Improving Clay Shooting

Arthur Godsell handles the day-to-day operations of Godsell Construction Corporation as its president and co-owner. When he is not working, Arthur Godsell enjoys skeet and sporting clay shooting.

Focusing on a moving object, especially one as small as a clay pigeon, requires practice and training. Specific features of the target, such as ridges or reflected light, often aid the eyes in following it, thereby facilitating accuracy of the aim and shot. When swinging and mounting a gun, an erect posture while lifting it in a quick motion helps ensure that the shot will be finished well. Mounting a gun from the same position and to the same place each time will further improve clay shooting.

Fitting a gun so that it shoots where one is looking is important for overall accuracy. Setting up a pattern board around 16 yards out and shooting at the middle dot by pointing at the target helps determine if a gun fits properly. This type of shooting also trains the mind to focus on the target rather than a gun’s barrel. Aiming slows down the swing, resulting in a shot that is slightly behind, but simply pointing a gun improves not only reaction time, but often accuracy as well.

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