Spring 2018

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34 PULLUSA MAGAZINE SPRING 2018 THE FIELD C OAC H K ELV IE'S C ORNER STAYING THROUGH THE SHOT by JASON KELVIE illustrations by TOM RICHMOND hooting sports enthusiasts from around the world will tell you that of the core fundamentals, movement is the most difficult to master. The ability to properly move your body through the shot relies on your stance and balance as you set up each shot. Most athletes quickly learn that poor positioning can lead to restricted movements and ultimately lost targets. The following tips should help you not only better understand movement but also how important it is to "stay through" the shot! STEADY SWING Swing refers to the movement of both the shooter and the shotgun in unison as you track the target out of the house. The swing is started as soon as the target is called for and ends 1-2 seconds past the trigger squeeze. It's important to practice swing and stay through because as a shooter you want to have a consis- tently smooth approach to the target. Practicing swing and stay through help the shooter avoid things like trapping targets and point shoot- ing. A steady swing must be free of interruptions and remain consistent throughout the shot. STAY THROUGH Countless hours of coaching young athletes have brought me to the con- clusion that the majority of movement mishaps happen near the end of the shot. Yes, I am talking about stopping the swing of the shotgun as soon as you squeeze the trigger. Take a golfer for example, do they stop the club as soon as they make impact with the ball? Of course not, and nor should any trap and skeet shooter. Stay through refers to continuing the swing of the shotgun 1-2 seconds past the squeeze of the trigger. It's not necessary to follow a lost target to the ground but getting in the habit of continuing the swing past the shot will greatly increase your chances of breaking targets. PRACTICE TECHNIQUES Proper movement throughout the shot is accomplished by your body's ability to bend and twist at the waist. Once the shooter has firmly planted their feet in the station box, they can then determine their range of motion for the upcoming shots. I recommend the following practice techniques to all of my athletes as a way to break old habits and hopefully start new ones. 1. Stretching (Prior to the start of each round): a. 15-20 side to side movements at the waist reaching as far as possible. b. Touch your toes, stretch the back muscles avoiding any tight- ness or discomfort. 2. Parallel Swing: a. Practice shouldering your shot- gun and swinging side to side maintaining the muzzle of the shotgun parallel to the ground. 3. Shot Process: a. Practice the entire shot process from start to finish focusing on a smooth approach to each target. OFF THE FIELD TRAINING Snap caps can be a shooter 's best friend especially when it comes to practicing swing and stay through. One of the most common interrup- tions in a shooter's swing is flinching due to the anticipated recoil of the shotgun. Most athletes have never dry fired their shotgun which means that they have never truly felt the break of the trigger. Working with snap caps allows the shooter to practice their swing multiple times while complet- ing and staying through the shot. Talk to your coach about practicing with snap caps and how they can help you with your practice routine. ✪ M O S T AT H L E T ES H AV E N E V ER T RU LY F ELT T H E B R E A K O F T H E T R I G G ER . P R AC - T I C I N G W I T H S N A P C A P S W I L L A L LOW YO U TO D E V ELO P A S M O OT H ER A N D M O R E C O N S I S - T EN T SW I N G A N D S TAY T H R O U G H . TIPS S JA S O N K E LV I E / U S A H S C T L C OAC H ED U C AT I O N A N D S U P P O R T M A N AG ER

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