Skeet Shooting – Station 2 Detailed Tips
by Russ Naples, JCTS Skeet Chairman

In September of 2018, we covered the transition stations (2, 6) together in one article. This month we will cover station 2 only in more detail.  As we build our Skeet game, we look to reduce the many variables involved in shooting a single or a pair into a set of consistent, precise actions which can be learned, practiced and perfected. By doing this we are giving ourselves the highest probability of breaking each target, each time, all day long.  Station 2, specifically High 2, is considered by many to be one of the more challenging targets based on our location to the high house it appears to be moving very quickly across the field.

The basics for shooting station 2 are as follows:

Station 2 – High 2

  • Stance – Feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, 60/40 weight shift on your front foot and turn smoothly with the legs. Right Handed shooters “open” our stance, facing your belly button slightly to the left on the low house window, left-handed shooters face belly button slightly to the right of the high house.
  • Hold Point– parallel with the high house + 3’ towards the center of the field, level with the bottom of the window so as to allow you to see the target and begin the move while keeping the gun ahead of the target at all times.
  • Look point – Halfway back to the window up on the flight path of the target
  • Shot Execution – settle your eyes (.5 – .75 sec), call for the target, when the target comes into your look point, begin your move, match gun speed with target speed, obtain 6” – 1’ of lead and shoot.

Station 2 – Low 2

  • Stance – same as High 2
  • Hold Point – 10’ to the left of the low house window, level with the bottom of the window
  • Look point – halfway back to the window, up on the flight path of the target
  • Shot Execution – settle, call and when the target comes into your look point bring it across to your side of the field, matching gun speed with target speed, obtain 1’-1 ½’ of lead, shoot and follow through with your head on the gun. (This is another long incomer that is a great target for us to practice patience, matching gun speed with target speed, keeping our head on the gun all the way across the field.)

Station 2 – Double

  • Stance, Hold Point and Look Point – same as High 2
  • Shot execution – settle, call, shoot when the target comes into your look point, with head tight on the gun, gun moves to the center of the field, eyes shift up to the center of the field, find, track and shoot Low 2 the same as the single.Now let’s discuss some details for you to consider for your game. Note the following tips are what I practice in order to be more precise and consistent.  As you review you may decide that the perceived advantage gained is potentially small, however, the point is to accrue all of these advantages together into your favor which may turn out to be the difference of one or two additional targets broken each round or each 100. You can try some of the tips in your practice to see what works best for your skeet game.

Station 2 – High 2

  • Foot Position – My feet are on the back left of the station near the High house wall. For a left-handed shooter, they would likely use a foot position that is on the right side of the station. While most shooters select a stance that has their belly button in the low house window or facing directly out towards the high house for a left-handed shooter, I use a more “open” stance that has my belly button in between the center stake and the low house window.  This allows me the additional range to turn and shoot a low 2 target if comes across lower and or faster than expected.  The left-hand shooter does not need to adjust anything at this station as they are already well prepared for a low and or fast low 2 target.
  • The Hold Point to start with is parallel with the high house + 3’ away from the high house, level with the bottom of the window.  You know if you have it right if your look point and hold point result in a smooth turn when you call and shoot the target.  Also, a reminder to stay level with the bottom of the window, the first move is horizontal and as you move from soft to hard focus on the target you make the required vertical adjustment.
  • The Look point on High 2 turns out to be about 5’ outside of the window.  It is important that you practice this look point and NOT be tempted to look into the window.  While there is “only” a 5’ difference the result of your eye attempting to pick up this target coming out of the window will result in you chasing the target across the field.  We know that once you are chasing the target, in order to catch it, you will have to move your gun faster, swing through, obtain the lead and shoot.  While this is all possible, it is lower probability of consistently breaking the target versus choosing a look point 5’ outside the window, up on the flight path of the target.

Station 2 – Low 2

  • After a successful high 2, I dismount and go through my shot routine for the low 2 target. Since I load 2 shells, while I dismount, I can continue to look over at the low house so my eyes stay focused for that distance.
  • Foot position: Same as high 2 since we are tracking and shooting the target over on the side of the field that we are standing.  The biggest challenge here is to account for windy, gusty conditions that make the target move up or down and at higher speeds than usual.  During practice, this is a great target to practice tracking, maintaining lead, bring across the field with the correct lead, shoot and follow through with your head staying on the gun!

Station 2 – Double

  • Foot Position, Hold Point and Look Point – same as high 2
  • As you pick up the 1sttarget in your look point, your first move is a smooth, horizontal turn with your legs, and as you move to hard focus on the front edge of the target make the vertical adjustment, obtain the proper lead ~6”-1’ of lead, shot, look to the center of the field, find, track, obtain the lead on the 2ndtarget and shoot it, with follow through and your head on the gun.

Hopefully, your Hold Point, Look Point and moves on the high house targets were smooth, controlled and you did not feel like the target “beat you”!

Russ Naples
JCTS Skeet Chairman
NSSA Certified Instructor
Four-time NSSA First Team All American