Lessons–why take them.
You shoot a lot of skeet.
You believe that just shooting a lot will make you a better shooter.
The truth is that this can work for you. The problems are that, with this method, it might take you years to learn to shoot as well as you could. You might be practicing incorrect methods that will hamper your improvement, and it might also be the most expensive way to learn your game.
New shooters get all sorts of advice from other shooters that want to help the new shooter. Some of the help may be good, and some may be way off base.
This is why and when you need to think about taking lessons from experienced shooters/instructors. NSSA instructors teach the same basic methods–the ‘NSSA Standards’–so you can go from one instructor to another and learn or improve on the same techniques seamlessly.
The major shooting sports organizations all have instructors that are available at the place you shoot or ones that will travel to your facility to give you a lesson as an individual or as part of a group.
The reason to take lessons is to learn the correct methods to shoot your game with the least cost and the least expenditure of time.
One of the goals of the NSSA-NSCA instructor program is to have at least one certified instructor at every shooting facility. Currently there are many ranges that don’t have any certified instructors and some that have several available for instruction.
As a student with one of these certified instructors, you can learn all about how to shoot the sport or how to improve your current game.
There are also instructors that travel and teach groups of qualified shooters to become Associate or Level One instructors. The NSSA-NSCA, among other organizations, have trained instructors that teach new instructors throughout the year and at various facilities in the shooting community.
Among the subjects instructor training includes are teaching methods and trouble shooting for students at various skill levels.
After the lessons are over, whether it was to improve your shooting abilities or to become an instructor, you must practice what you have learned in order to become proficient with your new or polished skills. Without practice you will slowly forget elements of what you have been taught.
Shoot often, shoot well and stay safe.
Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who can help you improve your skills at American Skeet and wingshooting. To contact Barry, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at (918)803-2393.