|Many people try Olympic Skeet once or twice and then give up. It appears too daunting a task with too many difficulties. Yet as with all problems the secret is first to identify the main problems and then to break them into smaller chunks and tackle them one by one. So what are the main problems?
Those most apparent at the outset are high target speed, fast doubles heading in opposite directions, the random release timer and the low ready position. Even if you are highly skilled in another discipline if you try to handle all these problems at once you are likely to fail. Set about it in the right way, though, and even average performers can shoot good Olympic Skeet scores.
The essentail outgoers
Shooting these targets in this fashion makes the second targets of doubles relatively straightforward. However, shooting them this early demands a perfect technique and trained reflexes. Done properly it should look and feel smooth and controlled. If it looks and feels like a mad thrash then something is badly wrong.
It's vital to have a good set up at address, starting and remaining in good balance throughout the shot. Picking up the target quickly with the eyes is largely a matter of where not to look rather than worrying overmuch about where to look. Focussing on anything while calling for the target is wrong. The eyes should just casually look around the area outside of the house (not in the shute) where the target will appear. The eyes will then lock onto the target the instance it shows itself.
What happens next determines the success or failure of the shot. Mount the gun and then start to swing and your reward will be a target that passes the gun and vanishes into the distance. Start the swing as you start the mount, turnng the mount and swing into a single smooth movement, and you will be able to lead the target rather than the target leading you. With practise you will fully mount the gun before the target reaches the centre. As the gun firms into place the shot is fired instantly.
Train the gun mount
3 seconds can seem a long time
Learning the all important gun mount is the first stage towards bringing Olympic Skeet under control, get that right and the rest will follow.