Why does the clay go out of the frame?

Horizontally Out of Frame 

If the clay goes out of the left or right side of the ShotKam field-of-view before you can see the break, then it could be a bad follow-through. If there is excessive gun speed, then we would recommend working with a shooting coach to fix the temptation to push the gun after the shot. 

Alternatively, it could be that the shot required a swing-through shooting technique (watch this technique here) on a very fast and close crossing target. If this is the case, then there is nothing that can be adjusted because the camera's field-of-view is fixed. This is rare and only a fish-eye lens would be able to record it, but the video would look distorted.

 

Vertically Out of Frame

If shooting a target presentation (other than springing teals or hard dropping targets) and you notice the clay goes either up or down out of the frame, then it could be one of the following:

Gun Flipping Downward 

If the gun is flipping downward during recoil, then it could be that the pitch on your shotgun is not correct against your chest. The pitch is the angle of the butt to the line of sight. If the top of the gun pad is in your shoulder, but the bottom of the pad isn’t, the recoil will cause the gun to flip down and you'll see the clay go out the top of the ShotKam video. We recommend having a professional examine your gun fit and get the pitch adjusted so the gun is flush against your chest.

Alternatively, it could be your foot positioning. If you run out of rotation on targets that push the gun into your face (i.e. right-to-left targets for right-handed shooters), then you will naturally move the gun down as you run out of hip rotation.

 

Gun Flipping Upward 

If your barrel is flipping upward during recoil, then it could be caused by lifting your head off the stock from either fear of the recoil, or trying to look for the clay/break. You will recognize this pattern if the clay pigeon goes out the bottom of the ShotKam video. We recommend working with a shooting coach and gun fitter to ensure the rib is not blocking your view, then keeping your head on the stock and following the clay through the break.

Alternatively, it could also be your foot positioning. If you run out of rotation on targets that push the gun away from your face (i.e. left-to-right targets for right-handed shooters), then you will naturally move the gun up as you run out of hip rotation.

 

To learn more about how to improve your shooting with ShotKam, please see Why am I missing my targets?

 

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