You don’t “aim” a shotgun so don’t focus on the beads. Focus on the target and your brain will know when to pull the trigger. Don’t “ride” the target. When the bbl is in the right place — it is in the right place. It won’t get more right by riding the target. Use a full choke, at least 0.030 of choke for all single targets. If you shoot doubles open the first shot to a 0.020 choke. No more open is needed. You won’t “buy” a target with an open choke, you will lose them.Howdy!
I wanted to introduce myself to the board and solicit advice anyone may have for someone new to the sport. Browsing the various threads it is clear there is a ton of knowledge on the board.
I am new to competitive trap but have a lot of shooting experience. I love bird hunting (dove, ducks, quail, pheasant) and I was in the Army for 15 years. For 12 of the 15 years I was privileged to serve in Special Forces (AKA the Green Berets) and attended several shooting schools. So lots of trigger time but outside of bird hunting my experience has been rifle and pistol shooting.
Thinking back to when you were brand new to the sport, what is the one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you first started? E.g. a technique, best practice, equipment, ammo choice, etc.
Fundamental principles rule the game. Hang tight to the basics and you’ll be OK.
Watch a Phil Kiner or a Leo Harrison video. Both are available from vendors on here. After a short period of shooting try attending a clinic