WEIGHT DIS­TRI­BU­TION

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I had three cus­tomers who all suf­fered with the same prob­lem of straight/driven birds. They couldn’t cre­ate enough lead to hit higher birds. Lower birds of 20 to 30 yards were not a prob­lem for them and they were all pretty con­sis­tent. But as soon as we at­tempted to move up on to the higher birds 40 yards and over, they couldn’t cre­ate enough lead. They would all get to a cer­tain point in their swing that was just be­fore ver­ti­cal and bang — miss be­hind. They had be­come in­creas­ingly frus­trated with them­selves out on peg that “some­thing wasn’t right” and I could see the prob­lem.

Each one was start­ing with all of the weight on the back foot. One of them, so much so, that they were lean­ing back­wards be­fore mount­ing. To rec­tify the prob­lem we needed to al­ter their pos­ture to be­ing much more up­right with a straight back, then trans­fer around 60 to 70 per cent of their weight to the front foot. Now with the stance, weight and gun mount rec­ti­fied the shots were be­ing tak­ing sooner and with the kick in of the hips and as the gun came from 45˚ though to 90˚, they were able to add a lit­tle more speed into the bar­rels and there­fore lead on to the bird.

Give this a try if you strug­gle to lead on higher driven birds and if you want to prac­tise it at home — make sure you have fairly high ceil­ings and no low-hang­ing chan­de­liers in the room.

These are only three of the com­mon faults we come across dur­ing the sea­son; each Gun has his or her prob­lem bird, bad habit and faults that could be im­proved upon. There is no sub­sti­tute for good prac­tice and ex­pe­ri­enced guid­ance to build con­fi­dence in your­self and your abil­ity as a Gun.

“Each Gun has their prob­lem bird, bad habits and faults that could be im­proved upon. There is no sub­sti­tute for good prac­tice.”

With up to 70 per cent of their weight on the front foot, the Guns were able to add speed to the bar­rels.

The Guns would all get to a cer­tain point in their swing and bang — they missed be­hind be­cause they had all their weight on the back foot, so much so that one was lean­ing back­wards.

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