I want to thank everyone who has sent in questions. Your questions are helping me to focus on the issues that are giving you the greatest problems. Don’t worry if you don’t see your question this week or next. I will be trying to answer in order of receipt, and eventually I’ll get to everyone. Also I’ll be slipping in some of my own tips from time to time. In the meantime, I encourage you to keep your questions coming. -Remington
September 12, 2018 QMaxx QTip
In this installment, I’d like to start a conversation about chokes. This is a subject that can baffle many a good shooter. I hope this helps, and if it generates more questions then send them to me in the contact section below. So here’s the question that started it all:
I’ve read lots of theories about using FULL CHOKE for trapshooting. What are your thoughts?
Here’s my Pro Tip: In my opinion, FULL CHOKE is not needed unless you plan to shoot from the 23-yard line or further. IMPROVED or MODIFIED will give you the best effect. Pattern your gun at 25 yards and check to see what it looks like.
Actually the biggest question I seem to get is: What is the best choke for trap? My answer is: Do you know the distance from the station to where you’re actually breaking the target? Have you stood back that far from the patterning board and seen what your choke impact looks like? That process will show you whether or not your pattern is too large…whether it is dense enough…so you don’t simply crush the target, you smoke it!
And then this follow-on question: I have had college shooters that I’ve seen with 95/100 averages in singles. They’ve run 100 straight multiple times but I’m concerned with the targets lost due to complacency or laziness. Currently they shoot IMPROVED or MODIFIED chokes. Does a FULL CHOKE really provide better mental feedback and make better shooters?
My simple answer is, Yes it can! Have them stand behind the trap house and practice smoking targets with the full choke. It will inspire them, but it will also work out the flaws they have back at the 16-yard line. It’s helped some pros I’ve coached.
August 22, 2018 QMaxx QTip
In this installment, I’d like to answer Lex Parker’s questions about “two things I struggle with.” Like a lot of us, Lex is struggling with focus and pacing. Hope this helps:
How do I stay focused on keeping my head down and eyes focused on picking up the bird as I call for it?
Lex, most people have a tendency to aim or look at their barrel when we’re supposed to be looking at the target or moving off the flash with our eyes. The tip I would give to a shooter like you is this: Have your hold point 6 inches above the trap house, but using the same orientation relative to the trap house that you use now. Then elevate your eyes 3 inches above your hold, thus allowing your eyes to be separated from your barrel. That way, your instinct is to move off the flash of the target, and it will keep you from being fixated on one thing (like your barrel for instance). This should allow you to have soft focus before you shoot!
How do I set my own pace when I shoot in a squad that shoots really fast? Apparently I’m slower, and it throws me off my timing. Then I try to rush and screw everything up.
What I tell all my students is write down your pre-shot routine and follow it robotically. Also I have them read it before it’s their turn in order to not only keep their mind focused but it helps the brain want to do every step. This will allow you to go at your perfect pace. Bonus tip: Set your eyes 3 to 4 seconds before you call pull!
Let me wrap up this QMaxx QTip with a Pro Tip: As a pro shooter, I have 5 distinct holds while on the 16 yard line. I have my hold point on Station 1 on the front left corner of the trap house and my Station 5 hold point on top of the right corner of the trap house. On Station 2 and Station 4, I have my hold points half way between the front corners of the trap house and the middle of the trap house. This leaves my Station 3 hold point, which is on top of the center of the trap house.
Now my big takeaway is this: I make sure to elevate my eyes 3 inches above the hold points that I just listed so that I can separate my eyes from my barrel (just as I told Lex, above). I also move off the flash of the target when it appears, making a smooth direct move to the bottom front edge of the target.
PS: For all y’all that shoot the White Flyer Bios, I look at the bottom of the black ring of the target. See target, break target and pull trigger–trusting yourself one target at a time.