I must give credit where it is due in reference to the style of shooting that has proven successful over years of competing. My style of shooting has been derived from many hours of professional instruction and dedicated practice. I began shooting at a very young age with my father on our family farm. However, as I began to mature he realized that I held a level of talent for pointing a shotgun and sought Wendell Cherry for professional lessons. I began with Wendell when I was 8 years and formed a special bond with him as a person and his unique style of shooting that I use to this day.
There is no good expression of words that can summarize the entirety of this method. However, to outline this style of shooting, it is a blend of the physical and mental aspects of the method in order to have the upmost control of both your physical and mental state while moving to the target. Therefore, when learning this style, it is important to gain a full understanding of both the physical and mental facets properly. First and foremost, grasping the physical aspect of this style is a conscious effort to minimize the stress or tension in one’s body to promote a calm, and controlled execution of the physical move. Due to the method, which most people would think of as “maintain lead”; it is necessary to approach the move as tension-free as possible to become consistent in calm, smooth moves to the target in order to best match the timing of the shot throughout the move. This is where the mental facet of this style begins to play a large role. Similar to most sports, one’s mental state can affect the physical approach that is taken. This requires one to become self-aware and analytical of themselves to determine which state of mind (calm or amped) is necessary for the most success in their own physical game. Some of the mental details in this method are specific to the shooter, however the physical aspects involved in this style are ones that have been developed over many hours of dedicated analysis by the originator, Wendell Cherry. And later, by myself in regimented practice and lessons to acquire the method at a high level.