Jake Jones on the end of a shotgun, mostly unsuccessfuly firing off shots at clay targets at Gladstone Clay Target Club. Photo Jake Jones / The Observer
Jake Jones on the end of a shotgun, mostly unsuccessfuly firing off shots at clay targets at Gladstone Clay Target Club. Photo Jake Jones / The Observer Jake Jones

Hey sport, have a crack at clay target shooting

IT IS extremely frustrating seeing the little orange disc fly through the air unharmed.

But the sense of satisfaction each time it is smashed into a hundred pieces by a bullet far outweighs any thought of giving up.

I found this sport as difficult as any I have tried, but not in a physical way.

It is difficult to judge the speed of the target, know where it is going to be and then pull the trigger at the right time.

Your reaction time has to be quick, body and muscles steady and mind clear of any negative thoughts, which is what I found difficult.

Each and every time I missed, disappointment loomed and I had to then settle down again for the next try.

Let me tell you that I missed a lot.

I did manage to hit a target though, so that will do me.

From the sideline this sport seems quite easy. Draw to the target, shoot it and score a point.

Behind the gun it is much harder.

But don't let the difficulty stop you from having a go; there were a few tips given to me that ultimately led to my hitting the target.

I am sure with practice everyone would improve.

This is a sport that would be good for someone who does not want a huge physically draining sport, but wants to keep their mind alert and improve reaction time.

 

Clay Target Shooting- Fun Facts

In the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia won two medals in clay target shooting. Michael Diamond won the trap event and Russell Mark won the silver medal in the double trap event.

There are four different types of clay target shooting to try in Australia. These are trap, skeet, ISSF and sporting clays, which all offer different challenges to the shooter. They vary in approach and delivery of the target.

Christine Wenzel has won four of the last five Skeet World Championship titles. Ironically, she missed out on the one championship held in her home country of Germany, not attending the Munich event in 2010.



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