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Foot position and balance for shotgun shooting

G’day and welcome to SSAA TV. I’m Rod Pascoe and today we’re at the Sydney
International Shooting Centre on the western outskirts of Sydney. Now the way you position yourself to shoot
a moving target with a shotgun is very important. Today I’m joined by Paul Miller. G’day Paul. G’day Rod. Good to be here. Now I’m sure you would agree that foot position
and balance is very important as to how you set yourself up to shoot a moving target. Absolutely, absolutely important. The rule-of-thumb, or the simple rule-of-thumb,
is that right-handers should point their left foot to where they intend to break the target. And for lefties like me, we point our right
foot to where we intend to break the target. Now here on the clay target range you’ve got
all the time in the world, plus you know where the target’s coming from before you call for
it. But out in the field it’s too easy to get
unbalanced and wrong-footed. Oh, it certainly is. If you’re walking along chasing bunnies or
foxes, you need to bring your leading foot quickly in their direction and come to a stop
before mounting your gun with about 70 per cent of your weight balanced over that foot. The same is true for weight over your front
foot for clay target shooting, so that you pivot your swing over your front foot and
don’t get pushed back out of balance by the gun’s recoil. It’s surprising isn’t it, how something as
seemingly simple as foot position and balance can have such a dramatic effect on whether
you hit any sort of target. When you step onto your shooting position,
you should always make foot position part of your pre-shot routine. Look to where the target is coming from and
decide the best spot to hit it. So Paul, can you demonstrate what happens
if you don’t? Sure. If this is my shooting spot – the ideal spot. If I stand too far around here, I’m going
to have trouble reaching that target. And if I stand too far around here, I’m going
to have trouble coming back to chase the target. Show us what you mean. Sure. So, that’s my perfect spot for shooting the
target. If I stand around here too far, I’m going
to have trouble reaching it and following through. If, on the other hand, I stand too far around,
I’m going to have trouble coming back far enough to chase the target and shoot it. Let me show you a handy trick for establishing
a nice, balanced stance. For lefties, bring your ankles together at
90 degrees, come into about 45 degrees, take a step forward and put about 70 per cent of
your weight on your front foot. For right hander’s, bring your right foot
in to about 45 degrees and step on to your left foot, again with about 70 per cent of
the weight on your front foot. And this will ensure a nice, balanced stance
and you won’t be affected by the recoil of the shotgun. We have the foot position sorted, but the
rest of the body is important as well. Oh, it certainly is important. If your feet are right, that allows you to
use your legs to drive your upper body and that’s what brings the gun smoothly through
the target. How often though, let me show you, how often
do we see people using their arms only to shoot the target and all that does is make
it impossible for them to keep their head on the stock – they’ll never hit any targets. The correct way to do it is to let your legs
drive your upper body. Your upper body is just a support mechanism. Well done. Thanks Rod. Successfully shooting any form of target with
a shotgun involves a whole bunch of skills, both physical and mental. Today we’ve demonstrated how important it
is that foot position and balance is so integral to shooter comfort, swing and ultimately improved
scores. Thanks Paul. Thanks Rod. Thanks for watching SSAA TV and we’ll see
you next time.

9 thoughts on “Foot position and balance for shotgun shooting

  1. Wow. as someone who has just shot a shotgun for the very first time, you made this very intuitive and reproducible. Great video on foot position and balance for right-handed and left-handed shooters. Daniel.

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