Live instruction is the best technique for shooters to learn more about their skeet game and the best way to improve their shooting abilities. This instruction generally takes place at various clubs across the world (see clinic schedule for a location near you). Whether it is one-on-one or with multiple shooters for a half-day, full day or over multiple days, my goal is to improve your skeet game. The clinic schedule will reflect how many days I will be at the host club (typically 3-5 days). I generally work with 4 students per day (2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon or an all day session will include 4 shooters for the entire day). We usually get started between 8:00-9:00 a.m. and work for about 4 hours at a time (half-day clinics). If the clinic is set to be 2 half-day sessions, the afternoon session generally starts between 1:00-2:00 p.m. lasting another 4 hours. For the full day clinics, we will start around the same time, but it will be the same 4 shooters all day. Keep in mind that this is the norm; I can work with 1-4 people per day. I do provide a basic outlines (when applicable) to my clients at the conclusion of the clinic. This will give you the opportunity to compare any notes that you have taken to my general outline and help you remember what you learned during the lesson. The outline will also help reduce the information overload
What is my benefit if I am a beginner, or an experienced shooter, or somewhere in between?
No matter what stage of the game you are in, I teach everything from the very basic fundamentals of shotgun shooting to the entire mental aspect of our game. The main idea is to make you a better shooter, not teaching you to duplicate every aspect of my individual game. There are basic mechanical fundamentals that everyone must follow in order to maximize their skeet game. Once these fundamentals have been learned and applied, the next major step is not only learning but understanding the mental side of the game. I do go over certain mental aspects in all of the lessons that I give to help shooters maximize their skeet game.
What items do I need to bring?
First of all, safety is the most important thing to remember while shooting. So ear and eye protection should be worn at all times, not just for shooters, but for any spectators as well. The next two important items would be your gun(s) and ammunition. It is recommended to bring factory ammo or recent reloads that are good (same brand that you would normally shoot) to prevent any delays with some bad ammunition. All too often, shooters have bad reloads that take time away from their lesson and from the other shooters. Bring good ammo. Other important items to consider would be your shooting pouch and any other shooting equipment, sunscreen, food, drinks, paper, writing utensil and/or a tape recorder or video camera.
What should I expect from your clinic?
Each session is tailored to the individual(s) that are participating in the clinic. To start, I like to obtain some history about my clients and discuss what they would like to work on. After obtaining the history, they will shoot a box of regular skeet. While shooting the round, I am looking for a multitude of things ranging from gun fit, to hold points, to foot position, to follow through, etc. Basically I am completing a full analysis of your skeet game. Upon completion of the round, we will check your gun fit and discuss the basic fundamentals of the game and some of my theories on how to shoot skeet to the best of your ability. We will point out the things you do correctly, and the things we need to work on. Once we have addressed the things we need to work on, we’ll work those changes on the basic shots first and move on to the move advanced shots once you are comfortable with the changes.
What do you usually teach?
I teach everything from the basic fundamentals all the way to maximizing your scores in tournaments which includes but is not limited to the following:
Fundamentals and Basic Singles:
The basic fundamentals and basic singles instruction include talking about stance, gun mount, and gun fit. I also like to go over my pre-shot or pre-station routine which includes hold points, foot position, look points, and break points. All of these are essential to any shooting sport and must be understood and mastered to maximize your skeet game. Perhaps the most important fundamental is gun fit, which is one of the first things to cover during the lesson.
I teach the method of doubles that I shoot; but tailor it to the individual to maximize their potential. This method of doubles is very simple in concept, a little harder to execute. When taught properly and patience is applied, any shooter can learn this method. A doubles clinic usually requires more ammunition (12-15 rounds per shooter per half-day).
The mental side of the game is by far the most important. I teach everything that I know and the same things that I apply to my own shooting. These concepts are very basic and simple and can be applied to many other areas in your life.
Adjusting to different conditions:
There are a number of different conditions that we have to shoot in. Here is a list of some of the conditions that you may experience that has led to less than perfect results:
- The targets can be faster/slower than you are used to seeing
- You are having trouble seeing the targets in certain backgrounds, weather conditions or may be having an “off” day
- Extreme weather conditions
- Squad you are not used to shooting with
For half-day clinics, usually in group sessions (2 clients per half day session) the cost comes to $325 per shooter per half-day. For these half-day sessions, I take 2 clients in the morning and 2 in the afternoon working for about 4 hours each session. One-on-one sessions are available with similar pricing ($650 for a half-day one-on-one).
All-day Sessions will include 4 shooters and we will work all day together. The cost for the all-day session is $400 per shooter. I recommend all-day sessions for shooters that are comfortable with each other and have the stamina for all day shooting. All day sessions are good to gather more information and to reinforce the corrections we have made in your game to make you a better shooter. Keep in mind, we will take occasional breaks to keep you fresh.
Lessons in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are available all year and you can schedule your own time for personal lessons with Paul Giambrone, III. If you wish to travel to the DFW area, please email me directly for pricing.
This fee covers the cost of the lesson only. It does not include ammunition or the targets used for the lesson or any other fees that the host club may charge.
Deposits are required for all participants and no refunds are given for deposits or full payments unless safety is an issue (hurricanes, lightning, flash floods, and tornado warnings). The minimum deposit is $100 to reserve your spot and is non-refundable.