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I was curious if anyone on here that shoots regularly has scoliosis and if so do you feel if affects your shooting? Is there anything you do to compensate for that?
 

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I shoot with degenerative disc, arthritis, and same in both ankles.
Yes it definitely affects my shooting. I have a weird foot placement at each station. I dont shoot doubles as the hard twisting at every shot makes the game unfun.
I am fairly new to the game. This will be my 5th year ,I think. So I still learn new things. But most can be overcome if you want to hard enough.
Best of luck !
 

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It doesn't affect my shooting at all. Had to change my gun fit to get a better mount. I shoot an auto and I don't shoot heavy loads, out of precaution.
 

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Good thing I put on my glasses. I initailly thought this was about Shooting with Socialists. Thought you wanted to squad with AOC, Bernie and Pocahontas.
 

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Scoliosis, like other medical conditions, comes in degrees. My neighbor shoots with “mild to moderate” scoliosis. One can tell his spine is irregular just looking at him stand. He has to compensate by foot position and placement but he does fine. Not a registered shooter but he shoots high 90’s singles.
 

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The degree of scoliosis associated kyphosis may affect your mount. A fully adjustable butt with significant pitch adjustment would help in firmly seating the pad on the upper pectoralis and not on the clavicle or laterally on the deltoid.
 

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The degree of scoliosis associated kyphosis may affect your mount. A fully adjustable butt with significant pitch adjustment would help in firmly seating the pad on the upper pectoralis and not on the clavicle or laterally on the deltoid.
This is generally true, but it may take a lot of negative pitch to do that, and that negative pitch will cause the stock to recoil upwards into the shooters face. I speak from experience. You have to find a pitch that is a compromise between a good fit and minimal recoil to the face.
 

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I wear a brace, sometimes have to loosen it to get the hard lefts - usually after stopping short on the first hard left. My stance is more open the worse it gets. Involuntary spasms make muscle memory nonexistent, so a dose of muscle relaxer has to be timed right to allow flexability without the "heaviness." I have a much more heads-up style now, with extended posts for the comb and an add-a-rib when the neck starts acting up.
 

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I extend my unending admiration to shooters like these, who must make these sorts of adjustments. My only impediment is that I can't hear well - even with hearing aids - but, not related to shooting. When I begin thinking the deck is stacked against me, a few remarks like these, jerks me back into the proper perspective. Keep up the good work, fellas.
 

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With the way my spine curves my right shoulder is lower than my left and of course I am right handed. I need to do more shooting at a pattern board and make adjustments to optimize POI and comfort. If feels as if I have to cock my head in an awkward position. I'm guessing I need to adjust so I can keep my neck as straight as possible.
 

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My girlfriend has scoliosis and shoots with me regularly,(she’s a skeet shooter) her biggest issue is that she doe not have a normal range of motion swinging to the left. She has figured out how to adjust her neutral standing position to give her the maximum range of motion across the field. It works for her, now if we could just get to “experts” to stop telling her not to stand that way .........
 

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My girlfriend has scoliosis and shoots with me regularly,(she’s a skeet shooter) her biggest issue is that she doe not have a normal range of motion swinging to the left. She has figured out how to adjust her neutral standing position to give her the maximum range of motion across the field. It works for her, now if we could just get to “experts” to stop telling her not to stand that way .........

My left is tough as well. And I have a hard time finding a comfortable shooting position to compensate.
 

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Not sure whether a higher or lower rib would help with the lower shoulder. You can try building up the comb to see if it helps you. Of course this will change your point of impact. But it may give you an idea of what direction to take.
If you want the same point of impact after raising the comb, you can raise the front bead to compensate.
 

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I'm 80 and have scoliosis and have hunted and shot competitively my whole life and never thought about it as a handicap. Guess I've been fortunate. The only issue is that one shoulder is lower and consequently my suit coats have to be altered to disguise it.
 

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I was curious if anyone on here that shoots regularly has scoliosis and if so do you feel if affects your shooting? Is there anything you do to compensate for that?
I had polio when I was 2 1/2. Paralyzed my left side for a while. 85% recovered, but have had scoliosis the rest of my life. You just adjust and its normal.
 
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