Shotgun Shooting Tips From a Pro – Dania Vizzi

Team Winchester member, Dania Vizzi has come a long way in a short time. Only in her mid-20s, the Floridian has been claiming junior, national, and world championships.

Shooting literally hundreds of days a year, and going through tens of thousands of Winchester AA cartridges in a season, Vizzi has committed not just to memory, but to instinct, the small, vital techniques that add up to better, and sometimes to your best, clays shooting.

Shotgun Shooting Tips From a Pro - Dania Vizzi

Not the first thing that you might consider, but nonetheless perhaps the most fundamental  pointer Vizzi can offer is about state of mind.  Starting out, most of us didn’t worry whether we were doing it perfectly.  As we progress in the sport, though, we can develop tendencies to wonder why we didn’t connect, or how and why we have to break the next bird, or paying too much attention to how the people we are shooting with are doing.

“All these thoughts,” Vizzi says, “can be overwhelming and cause us to overthink and miss targets.”


When Vizzi is stressing out during a round, she performs an exercise to draw her back to within herself and to the present.

“I will close my eyes,” she says, “and feel each finger on my gun one by one until my mind is brought back to the task at hand instead of worrying about outlying conditions I can’t control.”  Zen and the art of clays shooting.

It’s never too early to find a qualified shooting instructor.  Beginners can be avalanched by well-meaning, but often contradictory amateur “expert” advice.  Better to find an instructor who actually knows how to teach.  Be careful, though, that an instructor doesn’t try to mold you into his own preconceived style, whether it suits you or not.  

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