" My confidence was in the tank and worse than that my dogs were wondering when I was going to hold up my end of the bargain I compete in a game with my dogs. It’s a 20 minute event and a missed shot cost you 5 minutes. Actually a missed shot and you are out of the competition. In December of 2015 the dogs were doing their part but I wasn’t holding up my end of the bargain On the recommendation of one of the competitors I contacted Elizabeth Lanier and scheduled a 3 hour lesson.
Elizabeths approach is Simple. Upon my arrival, Elizabeth guided me to the trap machine where I proceeded to miss every single shot. I told her prior to my lesson that going away shots were nearly impossible for me to hit and within the first 15 minutes of the lesson I proved it. Elizabeth watched intently, saying little and suggested that we move from shooting moving targets and transition to the patterning board. The request was simple, raise your gun and shoot the bird in the center of the board. I have always been under the impression that the patterning board was a tool used to pattern your gun. Never did I think it would be such an important tool to improve my shooting. Elizabeth identified two problems while observing me on the patterning board. First, she wanted to determine which eye was my dominant eye. We found out that I am dual eye dominant. That’s a problem. Second, my gun mount needed to change.
Elizabeths approach is very straight forward. An excellent instructor has the ability to communicate in a very easy to understand straight forward manner. It’s amazing what a little chap stick can do for your shooting. Elizabeth placed the chap stick on the shooting glasses of my right eye to ensure I had only one dominant eye when I mounted the gun. She also explained the gun mounting process. Find your target, raise the gun to your cheek, match the speed of your target, pull through and fire. So back to the patterning board. The good news; more BB’s in the right area, more consistently Once Elizabeth was comfortable with the changes it was back to moving targets and this time things went much better. I hit the going away shot, the crossing shot and shooting started to be fun again.
I finished the lesson with two recommendations: Practice 10 gun mounts a day in front of the mirror and don’t forget the chap stick.
The results: I won two tournaments since my lesson and placed 7th in the national championship, with no missed shots. I’ve been impressed with the turn around and couldn’t be more pleased with the results. And for the going away shot, well lets just say that hasn’t worked out so well for the birds that have made that move.
I believe that Elizabeths Simple, Straightforward Approach can help achieve positive results for anyone.