I am predominantly a rifle shooter, but I also shoot carbines, tactical shotguns, and pistols. My weakest discipline is definitely sporting clay. Mainly because I didn’t spend much time on it, so this year I did something about that. Of course, the temptation is to keep repeating something you excel at. You get your dopamine hit when you succeed.
However, the real rewards come from a challenge. Take something you cannot do well and aim for consistent improvement. So, I bought a secondhand over and under and began shooting some down-the-line (DTL), sporting, and skeet clay pigeons.
I had to swallow my pride and miss a lot. Now, I hit a lot more than I miss.
I will take part in a few competitions in the next few months and see how it goes. I enjoy every minute of learning a new skill, and I am grateful to my Pro Clay friends who have shared some knowledge with me.
The moral of the story is to step out of your comfort zone and never stay on the easy, well-trodden path. Sometimes, the path you beat through the dense forest leads you to the most rewarding destinations.