Let's go back to Gunsup's post about the mechanics of TBR (target Break Reading).
"Target analysis becomes one valuable tool. When you break a target the flight of the pieces tell the story. Pieces push down you were above the target-good . Pieces driven back into the center of the field, you're on the money side of the target-better. Nothing but smoke, the target is centered in the pattern. Full chokes put more pellets in the center. "
So far he's been right about centered shots leading to smoke, but what are we to make of this:
Pieces driven back into the center of the field, you're on the money side of the target (which is) better. "
I haven't heard that "money side of the target" phrase since people pretty-much quit playing the options here, but I thought it meant "On the front side of the target, that is, where the bird is flying to, not flying from." OK, this means the pattern center is to the left of left-flying targets and to the right of right-flying target, and the consequence of putting the center of the pattern "in front" is predicted to be that the pieces will be "driven back into the center of the field."
This is a bit different from usual TBR description, which is most often "centering the shot to the left of the bird will drive the big pieces to the right, while centering the shot to the right of the bird will drive the big pieces to the left."
The next few videos will test those two views and we might as well try to fit both those predictions on what 600 fps videos tell us since thy are both, at heart, predictions about the lateral movement of the target pieces being sent differentially right or left by the location of the shot cloud, some part of which hits the target.
Let's start with the shot cloud to the left of the target, in this case, md-left; that is, the shot was moderately to the left of the bird:
...and now let's look at far left:
We'll zoom back to get a cleared picture of where the pieces are going.
My description of what I see in the shot-to-the-left videos:
1. First, the prediction that "the pieces (would be) driven back into the center of the field" was wrong. Pieces fly both toward and away from the center of the field. In general. the smaller pieces fly to the left, the bigger ones to the right as is predicted by the usual rules of TBR.
Now we will move the pattern to the right of the target, first, mid-right:
Clay target breaks mid right
...and far right:
Clay target breaks far right
...and now zoomed back:
My description of what I see in the shot-to-the-right videos.
1.Again, the prediction that "the pieces (would be) driven back into the center of the field" was wrong. Pieces fly both toward and away from the center of field
2. In general. the smaller pieces fly to the left, the bigger ones to the right is the opposite from what is predicted by the usual rules of TBR.
3, In summary, the location of the shot cloud, right or left, did not change the "form" of the breaks at all. In both cases, the small pieces mostly went to left, the big pieces mostly to the right, without regard to the location of the shot-cloud that occasioned the target-break.
I hope readers here will take the time to tell us if that's what they see or is it something different?
I hope the proponents of TBR, are there are at least three here we know of, will explain these results. My two questions for TBR's which I hope they will answer are:
A. How it TBR supposed to work? What are physical or geometrical or whatever principles which make Target Break Reading work? Please be clear and specific.
B. Why didn't TBR work in these videos? Do you see something we are missing?
The explanation is simple; I'll take a break for readers and TBR's to weigh in and maybe Friday come back with videos of shot above and below. Then non-spinning targets and a couple of treats on Saturday, assuming all goes to plan.
In the meantime, I hope you will tell us what you see, what you think, and what you think is going on in those videos, which I hope you like; Ron Baker and I have a lot of time and work in them.
Yours in Sport,