Follow through excess creates risk

Follow through is the momentum the gun has as the trigger is pulled–nothing more. Any conscious, excessive, follow through after the shot is taken is wasted and creates risk. We see people on a weekly basis that have been brain washed into thinking that they must continuously keep the gun moving after the shot.

In our experience, this creates risk in several ways.

1. Conscious follow through is a forced push or pull with the front hand and typically is faster than the birds speed. This causes the eyes to want to go to the gun and if the target has been broken there is nothing for the eyes to focus on but the gun. Now the eyes must come off the gun, find the 2nd target and the gun races to it to try to break it!

2. The amount of conscious follow through will vary greatly even on the same targets. This means that where the gun finishes after each shot will be a different place each time. This causes a different move to the 2nd target each time, which creates anything BUT consistency in the moves on each pair and also irregular BREAK points on each pair.

3. After observing many competitors with conscious follow through, one common thread has developed. As the pressure mounts due to difficulty of presentation or because of the pressure of competition, the conscious follow through begins to occur BEFORE the shot is taken and a miss will always occur. Once it begins it is difficult if not impossible to overcome. Before all you arm chair instructors blow a head gasket, let me explain. We are not advocating consciously stopping the gun after the shot. There must be follow through in every successful shot. Somewhere between 2 to 12 depending on the speed of the target. Different target speeds create different amounts of momentum in the gun thereby creating different amounts of follow through. Any conscious excess will create risk.

We have found without exception, that when a person stops their gun their eyes have come off the target and have looked at the gun or the lead. When a shooters eyes come off the target for whatever reason a multitude of things happen and none of them are good.