If you’re just starting out as a new shooter, try and steer away from being taken around a clay ground with a friend. You are far better off when starting to take several lessons with a qualified instructor, so you can get the correct foundations of good shooting from the beginning.
People often think that practice is going out and shooting 50 or 100 targets around a layout. In fact this achieves very little. Practice should be disciplined, concentrate on establishing a good shooting method and then work on just a few basic targets at a time to build up your experience and your memory bank of “Sight Pictures”.
It is better to have fewer shots concentrating on posture and technique rather than rattling off cartridges without really learning anything. Quality not quantity is the name of the game. Dry runs are even more valuable than live shots, as this focuses the mind on the technique of the shot not the result.
There is one last but vital thing to realise, if you have assumed that all you have to do is apply the principles of shooting a rifle when you start shooting a shotgun, then I am afraid you are doing it wrong; it’s like trying to play Golf but with Tennis techniques.
Wrong technique after going out with his friend Correct technique after instruction with a qualified Coach