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Your 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.

Wher­ever you are shoot­ing, the chances are that the ter­rain won’t be a flat field of grass

Your whole body should make the shot

Bend­ing your front leg will re­sult in you mis­mount­ing your gun

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