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Art of 100 straight

Performance

Are you looking for that elusive 100/100? What is stopping you? The SP offers the option of shooting 2 eyes open and is the product that Skeet shooters are finding effective in improving their performance.

Skeet shooters are using both styles gun up / pre-mounted setup and gun down. The pre-mounted shooters that introduce the SP see a quick and consistent change due to the setup and repeated gun mount. Shooting gun down will see equally impressive performance increases, this is more dependant on a good mount and discipline in the setup.

Using the SP

The gun up shooter should place the SP in a higher position to allow the eye to see the SP when the gun is mounted, this is typically on the top barrel or side of the rib – subject to rib height.

The gun down shooter should place the SP on the mid-rib position between the 2 barrel, this will then allow the SP to guide the eye during the hold before the shot is started. 

Both methods, when used properly, are equally as effective. The gun down set-up relies on the shooter to be a little more disciplined in the set up to ensure the SP is visible otherwise they shoot normally. Always remembering to focus on the clay.

In both cases, the SP will be visible throughout the setup and hold before calling “Pull”, the shooter must only be aware of the SP – its job is to help the eye over the rib to make the shot and to control any dominance issues.

Fitting

The two different positions are to ensure the eye is aware of the SP for some period during the mount/ ready position or the actual shot

The general fitting guide should be followed for both positions.

The SP must be placed higher to be seen when fitted for gun up shooting. The rule is that only the single eye can see it. So right eye for right shoulder and left eye if the left shoulder. This position is consistent for the shooter and repeatable but at first, the shooter should make sure they are aware of the SP in their peripheral vision- before calling pull and ensure all focus is on the clay.

The gun down style allows the SP to be seen from the ready position so there is time to guide the eye, as the mount is performed it will typically disappear from view (don’t check as you will miss!). This is fine as the gun will have been positioned and the shot will be successful if the lead and technique are correct.

Hints and tips

If you have been occluding vision or closing an eye, hold points will differ potentially once the eye is opened and the target is seen earlier. Ask someone to watch what you are doing and if you are shooting in front.

Full focus must be on the target the SP is simply gaining the attention of the eye to ensure the shot picture is from the correct eye, it is neither a bead or a sight and you should only be aware of it before calling pull – once the bird is called for, focus fully on the target

Always ensure you are aware of the SP – shooters often get overconfident and forget to check the SP is in their peripheral vision this will then lead to your problems returning – the fix is easy, simple ensure after loading and setting for the shot the SP is in your peripheral vision – its that simple.

In extreme cases of cross dominance shooters can’t even see the SP even though it’s visible to the eye – in this case, wink the opposite eye briefly before you start the set up (ensuring the SP is in vision to the eye over the rib) this will allow the eye to see it and this will then mean you can continue two eyes open in your normal set up.

The SP has helped my eye dominance, especially when I’m not quite on it or feeling tired.  I’ve positioned it so that I see it when the gun is slightly out of my face but it disappears when the gun is positioned ready for shooting. By doing this it gets my right eye’s attention but it doesn’t come into play when shooting targets, taking away any left eye dominance.” (Gun down position used). Best Skeet result 100/100

I Cunliffe
5/5

Gun up or Pre-mounted

Gun down