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Why You Should Aways Ask For Help
Don’t worry, this gets back to shooting.
For reasons too sordid and complex to get into, I’ve been required for some time to throw a plug 170 feet with a 6-foot baitcasting rod. In the past, I’d always been able to do it, but not this year. And so in a panic, I sought out a friend of mine who is both a mechanical engineer and an expert on setting up and using all kinds of tackle. I will even embarrass him by using his name: Dick Kondak.
Dick took a couple of casts with my rod and said, “Your reel’s broken. You hear it grinding?”
Of course I could not, so he opened up the panel that hides the little brakes and a busted, cheaply made part fell out.
Dick put a real reel on my rod, adjusted it, and then showed me (in 5 minutes) how to cast without herniating a disc or bursting small blood vessels in my face. (Dick casts two-handed. He gives the rod a little flick and the plug sails 220 feet plus.) With a day of practice, I was making effortless casts of 190 feet.
Now back to guns. As with baticasting, no one is born knowing how to shoot. You can be making simple, dumb mistakes, as I was, or your equipment can be screwed up, as mine was, and you can blunder on forever wondering what the hell is wrong. In the meanwhile, you will pay heavily in all sorts of ways.
If you can’t shoot as well as you want, get help from an expert who is also able to teach. Such a person can see instantly what the problem(s) is. Tennis players and golfers, who are not exactly overburdened with good sense, do this as second nature. Even yuppie sporting clays shooters get professional help. Only riflemen seem to struggle on alone.