Adrian, Richard and made our way to the Owls Lodge Shooting School for our double trap shooting. Set in lovely Hampshire countryside near Andover, Owls Lodge is owned and run by Tanya and Richard Faulks. Tanya is a European champion shot and Richard won the double trap gold at the Athens Olympics (and a host of other titles) and will shortly be competing at London 2012.
Richard is one of those very rare people who’s not only one of the best in the world at their chosen sport but is also an excellent instructor. How do I know? Because, under his guidance, I actually managed to hit a few clays.
Double trap involves two clays being fired off together – always on the same trajectory – and you shoot at them from five different positions. The idea is to hit the first clay immediately it leaves the trap and then hit the second very quickly thereafter. On my first go, I couldn’t hit anything. With Richard in close attendance (even saying ‘bang’ to let me know when to shoot) I managed to hit in the 10-20% range. Richard, on the other hand, will shoot about 98% in competitions.
We finished the day with a bit of ‘teal’ shooting and then a discussion about the Olympics (Richard seems impervious to stress) and about Owls Lodge. Not only is Owls Lodge a great place to shoot but they have discounts for youngsters and special arrangements for corporate groups so it comes highly recommended. With any luck you’ll also get some personal tuition from Richard or Tanya! Just visit their website to find out more or book a session like mine: http://www.owlslodgeshootingschool.co.uk/
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