Becoming consistent with a shotgun is not easy as we have a huge variety of targets available to us and we must practice and be able to self analyse your own faults and rectify these yourself. I also urge people to find a good coach and this in invaluable and will save you money on the long run. I have witnessed too many coaches who when a student starts to hit a few targets on one particular stand move them too quickly onto a new stand. I prefer to remain on a stand until we are continually successful before moving to a new stand and when we have this stand conquered we move back to the previous stand and start again as this creates confidence in skill and fully reminds the shooter to start at the basics once again.
Missing from behind – You are in the wrong position and your stance is most likely more turned towards the trap and you are running out of swing.
Missing over the top – You are in the wrong position and your stance is most likely more turned towards the trap and you are running out of swing and your shoulder is starting to drop.
Eye dominance – Have this checked ASAP by either a good BASC or APSI shotgun coach.
Missing over the top – Your eye could be too low on the rib of the shotgun causing you to lift your head to see the target which often results in the muzzles going higher.
Are you missing targets then why not book yourself some clay pigeon shooting lessons. Missing in front – Incorrect pick up point, often too close to the trap and the target will beat you by its speed, making you speed up your swing meaning that you will overtake the target.
Missing from behind – Incorrect pick up point and applying incorrect lead adjustment.
Missing over the top – Incorrect gun position with the muzzles too low under the target flight line causing you to make a rapid upward adjustment to get onto the target flight line.
Missing underneath – Similar to the above and generally caused by over compensating when you see that the gun is too high above the target.