870, I know. Both Field and Clays and Remington have posters and general write ups and "how to build a trap field" that show the target's flight path and heights. We have a Remington poster in our clubhouse that shows the "legal target flight".
Protractors an radar guns are the norm now, but for some reason our birds are now much higher. Everyone want "cushy" targets.
That was my point too Hap. I've seen some ungodly high birds at some of the bigger shoots. Usually some selfish SOB who can't shoot regulation targets tells the trap boy to raise the targets and they just do it. Then the next squad walks up and either doesn't know any better or doesn't want to raise a fuss about setting the targets back down. Happens all the time.
2 years ago, I got in a piss'n match with one of our "elite" shooters who wanted our trap raised 2 notches. We were shooting doubles, and the targets were on the low side, but legal. I said the targets were fine, but got over ruled by him and his buddies. The result were birds that did not resemble any birds I had shot that year, but he broke a 96. Oh well.
I can see a lot of resets when the wind is changing, but we have to keep the birds with in reasonable heights. It's part of the game!
Would flatter targets keep the handicap spread more realistic. Are flatter targets on average, tougher targets? How many more handicap shooters may get reductions if flatter targets were consistantly thrown? I would think it would affect doubles scores more than singles.
Many say our targets are too easy. Is that because many clubs throw high targets?
If the doubles targets are higher, it will take longer for them to reach the ground, and the shooter will have more time to get on the second bird, especially with a head wind. With legal targets and a tail wind, you'd better not be mess'n around with the second target.