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Do you know the four basics for competent shooting?

Dr Malcolm Plant, chairman of the Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors, gives a masterclass in target practice

Skeet layout target practice

The single targets on a skeet layout are the closest you can get to recreating the flight of a pigeon

There are four basic building blocks for shotgun competence in clay and gameshooting.

  • Stance and balance.
  • Gun-mount and the avoidance of head lifting.
  • Gun-swing and an understanding 
of the gun and target movement.
  • Lead or forward allowance.

Target practice

The best place to rehearse and train these competencies is on the clayground and you don’t necessarily need sporting targets to do it – everything can be practised on the skeet and trap layouts 
at your local club. This can be particularly improved if you have a good coach to advise you!