Bill, I am a believer in Daro Handy's book. In the book Daro says the bird/bead relationship is very important but there is No place in his book where he says to LOOK AT the bead. In Phil Kiner's blog, he states the bird/bead relation is conscious for some shooters but definitely not all shooters. I try to be aware of my hooded fiber optic front bead when I call for the target but my soft focus is into the acquisition zone in front of the trap house. Sometimes when shooting trap Handicap, I am aware of the bird and bead before the moment of truth but most of the time it is after the fact. When I use the Daro Handy practice drill of shooting a round without live ammo, I am definitely aware of the bead and the bird during the whole track. You AIM a rifle; you line up the bulls eye with the front and rear sights and you squeeze the trigger.
miketmx, I called the question" controversial" b/c many said that b/c of the long distance to the target, from the 22y and more line, the target in smaller, the target "slows down", the shooting must be more precise!
I hope that Neil Winston will chime in and tell us what he means by aiming at a trap target but doubt that it means the same thing as aiming a rifle at a bulls eye. FYI I have to (like to) shoot at a pattern board with my left eye closed; the same story when I try to shoot with a compound bow with a sight, what does this mean ?
I do not think that the word "aiming" has the the same meaning to all shotgun shooters. Certainly you do not aim at a flushed quail. Shooting trap with a mounted gun I suspect I so some form of aming even tho I don't look directly at my bead on mounting the gun. During the swing I bring the bead and the bird together and fire..aiming?? Maybe...Smokit
mike, for a still target"I have to (like to) shoot at a pattern board with my left eye closed; the same story when I try to shoot with a compound bow with a sight, what does this mean ? " is fine and is indeed, aiming.
Lets try in this way, what do you change in your shooting going from the 16y line to the 27y line,other than gun holding point!
I would forget the terms aim or point when talking about shotgun shooting. The ability to focus on the bird is one of the most important aspects of successful shooting. Hard focus on the bird along with proper gun fit will bring things together. How many times has the bead on station 3 straight way looked perfectly aligned with the bird and an easy target was lost? Shoot a gun that fits and hard focus on the bird, forget the terms pointing or aiming when talking shotgunning.
" what do you change in your shooting going from the 16y line to the 27y line,other than gun holding point! "
I look a little further out into the target acquisition zone where the bird changes from a streak to a whole object but do not look at the target breaking area; that is too far. I definitely do not slow down to get more precise but I still try to be aware of the fiber optic front bead. My comb is high enough that there is some rib showing between the beads so I probably use just the front bead and shoot off the barrel. (Edited)