It’s April 2018, and yesterday a friend of mine—who is a reasonably new Level 1 instructor as well as being an A- or AA-class shooter—asked me to give him a formal lesson regarding doubles. I gave him some options on how he could shoot the doubles game with more success. His problems were with doubles at stations 4 and 5. He is in his mid 60’s, a left-handed shooter, and an excellent duck hunter. He has been shooting registered targets about three years.
As we changed his hold and look points, as well as his foot position on station 4, he made a comment that made me think about writing this hint. His comment was something to the effect that he thought that because station 4 was symmetrical, the doubles (both high first and low first) should have the same move, hold, and look points as well as break zones. While the field is symmetrical, we are not. We don’t change hands when we shoot the low house first versus shooting the high house first. In doubles, the hold points, look points and break zones on station 4 can be different when shooting either the high or low house first.
Stay safe, shoot well and have fun,
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.