Footwork and how it affects your success when shooting
Understanding footwork and how it benefits the shooter is vital.
Most Guns don’t understand how footwork helps them, and when asked will probably answer along the lines of killing the bird wherever your front foot is, or something to that effect.
Here’s why good shooting footwork is essential
Your shooting stance gives you the platform from which to mount your gun. If your initial stance is incorrect mounting the gun consistently will be impossible. For example, if you bend your front leg then you will continually mismount the gun, normally far too low.
Your footwork allows you to make a good connection with the bird you are trying to shoot. This allows you to find the line of the bird correctly. Think of it like a batsman in cricket. If his footwork is correct for the pitch of the ball then the shot is easy; if his feet are wrong he will just swipe at the ball.
Many people who shoot believe it is your arms that move the gun; but it is your body that makes the shot. Moving your feet correctly will allow the correct and comfortable movement of your hips, shoulders and body, allowing you to shoot correctly, stay on the line of the bird and finish your shot. It also will help you to develop the correct gun speed.
The ability to be versatile with your feet and body will allow you to cope with many different situations in the field. Not everywhere is a flat field of grass. You could be shooting on banks, ploughed fields, pontoons on water, raised platforms, thick reed, even a pebbled beach, so you have to be confident that your footwork is correct but adaptable to allow you to shoot to the best of your ability.
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