We humans truly are creatures of habit. And by accepting just how much this fact affects our shotgunning, we can learn to hone our skills more efficiently, but only through efficient practice.
Understanding how your vision of a target over the rib of your sporting gun in interpreted by your brain is a first step in the ladder to better clays scores—as well as more birds in your game bag. It's vital to then groove this premise into your practice regime.
Most of you know this feeling as being in the "zone," that experience of simply letting go, when success can't help but happen, when nothing can go wrong. With laser-like focus locked on your marks, targets appear to dance across the sky in slow motion. The subconscious mind is turned loose to drive the gun to and through birds with near-boring consistency, uncluttered by any conscious thought of what motions are bringing that success. Maybe the "trance" lasts only for a pair of birds or even a whole station. If you're lucky—or, as the pros would insist, really good—the zone takes you through most of a round or even a complete match.
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