Pro Tips for Sporting Clays: Episode 2


In Episode 2 of "Pro Tips for Sporting Clays", we are joined again by David Radulovich (FITASC World Champion), and Brad Kidd Jr. (National Champion). In this episode, they will be discussing their individual approaches to certain shots, answering some of our customer's frequently asked questions, giving their opinions on chokes and patterns, and much more.
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Springing Teal Tips

From Brad Kidd Jr:

When shooting a Springing Teal, Brad keeps the gun down in order to see the bird. His hold point is tight and right on the line. He lets the bird get by him by just a little bit, and then he chases it from the back side. Brad thinks about movement as: relaxed but reactive, immediate and direct.

From David Radulovich: 

David's eye is higher off the gun, so he can see through the gun better (compared to Brad). SETTING UP RIGHT ABOVE THE TARGET, he looks through it, allowing the target to come up to him, then making a short connecting move by changing his posture and pulling the trigger as the target comes into his gun. 

 Tips for a high, looping Chandelle:

The line of this particular target is forever in transition. We can divide the FLIGHT? of this target up into three sections as illustrated below:

When shooting a chandelle, David choses to shoot the target when it is on its way up. David simplifies this and says that if the target is going up, then that's the only move he'll be making on the target (moving up with the bird). 

In comparison, Brad will shoot a chandelle based on the feel of the specific target. He will shoot it on the way up, sometimes on the way down, or occasionally, he'll shoot it in the flat line (if the target does not look good on the way up). He keeps his gun in position in line with the target line, leading up to his chosen break zone. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which chokes do you use?

Brad uses the Rhino Choke in both barrels which have a constriction 25,000 (which is nearly an improved modified). Brad choses to use this choke, as this will handle the farthest shot he will see. 
David uses a fixed choke on his Perazzi, with a constriction of 28,000. David uses this mainly for the balance and the pointability. 

 

How important is the gun's pattern?

In regards to gun pattern when shooting Sporting Clays, David believes and teaches that playing off hand eye coordination and pointability - he tells all his students that the gun shoots where your eyes are looking. Whether the pattern is 50/50, 60/40, or 70/30, this is not too important as a general rule, but David will check eye dominance to see how far the student's eye should be over the rib. David believes in influencing point-of-impact by separating eye and barrel, and not by changing fit or rib.
Brad agrees that when shooting Sporting Clays, the gun's pattern is not the most important. Most Sporting Clay guns are made to shoot 60/40. Brad wants to ensure that his eye is on top of the gun and not restricting his vision. He also believes and teaches that this is a hands, eyes, feel, and vision based game.
Our next episode of "Pro Tips for Sporting Clays", David and Brad will be discussing the difference between standard and international targets, answering more frequently asked questions, and more. The final episode of this series will be brought directly into your inbox next Thursday at 4:00 PM.