Originally Posted by Scoch
Just an honest thought, shouldnt it just be about enjoyment.
A serious question though, why are national shoots harder than regional ones, don't they follow the same template for course setting etc?
I cant say as i have not shot a regional shoot in every region.
However, this is my take on it.
Regional shoots should be for everyone, national shoots for the best.
New people to the sport usually want to travel a short distance to compete, thus regions. Not do several thousand miles travelling for the nationals.
Now at the regional shoot there could be world class shooters, and a 15 year old who has just baught his first gun. As such, I set courses so that C (new) grade should be wone with about 20 ex 40, b class with about 30 and A / AA with about 35 +
That will mean shooters of a lesser ability will not be discouraged by say hitting only 1 in 4 through the course, but the best still have 10 good targets to work for while usually not having to much problem with the others.
I came back to the sport in 2006 and within 2 weeks was doing my first Gp. Hit the first 10 targets them only hit 7 out of the next 40. However, it was 45 ish that won it so it showed that nationally, i was way behind the best.
I took that as insperation and spent the next 4 years trying to improve to match the best.
If gp were easy, and some have been too easy for my liking this seasion, i would have to re-consider travelling all over the country to compete on the same grade of course as i can locally.