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Kay Ohye Member of the Trap Shooting Hall of Fame

About Kay Ohye | About kay Ohye's Trapshooting Class

Here is a summary of my trapshooting accomplishments as well as information on my involvement in teaching trapshooting and related activities. Inducted in the ATA Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1995.

Since I have been trapshooting, I have won over 125 New Jersey State Championships as well as numerous Eastern Zone and National Championships. I have won the Grand American All-Around and the North American Clay Target Championships.

Since 1970, I have been a member of the All-American Trap Team each year (35 times) including being captain 2 of those years. Other accomplishments include: leading the country with a 16 yard average in 1982 of 99.68 which was the third highest average ever shot in ATA history. Again, in 1983, with an average of 99.66, the fifth highest average; having three of the top six averages ever shot in the world; holding the highest doubles average of 98% in 1983, which is a record; plus many other records in ATA shooting.

  •  Life time 16 yds average of 98.9728 on 217,300 target
  •  Handicap life time average of 92.7647 0n 184,250
  •  Doubles life time average of 96.9915 on 129,500
  •  All around Average of 96.2430

I have been informally instructing and teaching fellow trap shooters for over twenty years and then was approached by the Remington Arms Company to do a formal program for them. I set up a program and used it at Remington as well as other clubs throughout the country.

My trapshooting "workshops" have proven to be quite successful and have produced many State, Zone and National Champions. I have taught throughout the country and in Canada. On the average, fifty of my students have been on the All-American Teams over the pass twenty years. I also had the Captain of the Mens, Ladies, Veteran, and Sub-Junior All-American Team and have had four different Captains of the Junior All-American Team. We have over seventy-five shooters who have broken 100/100 in doubles.

I have also competed abroad and have worked with numerous International Trap and Skeet shooters, as well as World Class Pigeon shooters. Also, I was fourth in the World Championship in Mexico in 1989.

I am a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and have written many shooting related magazines and journal articles. I have four books to my credit, "YOU AND THE TARGET" (now sold out): "SHOOTER'S DIRECTORY, DOUBLES BOOKLET" (on shooting doubles) and "YOU AND THE TARGET II." A book for the NRA called "NRA JUNIOR SHOTGUN TRAPSHOOTING HANDBOOK" and one that I hope to use in conjunction with a video cassette.

I was a coach for the Junior Olympic, Team.

I hold a three-day workshop. My course consists of roughly 20 hours of instruction. All students whether he/she is a beginner or an All-American, must understand each part before we move on to the next phase of the course. Each shooter will shoot approximately 750 rounds for the three-day class and 600 rounds for the two-day class. - I believe that you learn and understand by "doing," not just listening about how it is done.

I do not hold a seminar where we talk about desires or wanting to do certain things; I have a workshop where we explain what needs to be done to improve your shooting and then help you execute and understand each phase of our course. We do not favor the very beginner or the top shooter.

I do not feel that positive results can be gained by simply giving hourly instruction. That is why I have structured my course over two or three days. I feel that the material to be covered and the actual shooting needed to understand and execute the material covered cannot be adequately handled in a shorter time frame.

If you are a dedicated hard worker, you certainly can become one of the best and join my growing list of Champions and/or All-Americans. Although, many shooters don't necessarily aspire to be an All-American, they do want to be competitive. Our course and your determination and hard work can mean higher scores and continued improvement.

It took me ten years to perfect this course. I have been instructing and teaching fellow shooters informally for the last twenty years. If you think you can buy a secret or achieve All-American status by reading a book or hoping you can win, then my course is not for you. If you are a dedicated shooter, willing to work two or three days a week on your shooting, an hour an evening on the basic fundamentals and exercises, then it is about time you look me up. I have a proven course many All-Americans and shooters who will achieve this status in the very near future.

Look at the number of winners that have taken my course. It is growing each day. It seems that the better shooters who are striving for perfection are the ones who eventually enroll in my course. The others who know all the answers but are still below or around a 90 average continue to complain about the prices of target and what little value instructors have for the shooters. They should look at the top players in tennis, golf and other sports. They all have instructors. I feel my reputation as an Instructor can speak for itself.

Many people have inquired about the content of my trap-shooting workshop. The following will give you an idea of what is done in our workshops. We work on technique and style for the duration of the workshop and use video tapes to help illustrate the points we are trying to make. I work with everyone throughout the workshop to ensure that none of the shooters are shooting alone or are isolated from the group. Our goal is to instruct and demonstrate various practice methods that will continue to help the shooter not only during, but after the workshop as well.

The classes begin at about 10:00 am on the first day to allow the shooters to get acquainted with the area, gun club, etc. The size of the class determines the starting time for the following two days. We work together for approximately seven hours each day and review the video tapes during lunch breaks and at the conclusion of each day's sessions.

At the beginning of the workshop, we provide a brief orientation and stress safety (a most important element). We try to relax the group a bit and try to create an atmosphere where no one will be worried about how many targets they break or about embarrassing themselves in any of the practice sessions.

We then have everyone shoot a practice round and videotape each shooter. This initial tape provides a "base Line" against which each day's progress can be compared. Most shooters have never seen themselves shoot and the tape can quickly point out trouble spots that may leave been recurring problems for the shooter. It is true that "A picture is worth a thousand words."

While some are shooting a practice round and are being videotaped, we will pattern and fit the guns of the other shooters on the morning of the first day. We then discuss gun alignment and its relationship with the front beads and rib; space between the beads; upper body movement (side to side and in and out); staying on the gun and following through; movement of head, arms and shoulders; rear hand and arm position; and upper body movement. We also discuss simple practices that can be used at home and during the evenings to strengthen the upper body and how to make more fluid and quicker upper body movements. We discuss stance, line shooting the target and the importance of the area where you should see the target appear at the trap house. We demonstrate how to properly look at the target and we work on a very simple practice of looking at the bird, staying on the gun and following through. From the afternoon of the first day on, we will work on these things.

The first day we have worked on the straight away target; the afternoon of the second day we will get into learning how to shoot the angle target so that you do not shoot high and behind the angle target or alongside the quarter angle target (By now the shooter should have the fundamentals of shooting, movement, stance, and how to look at the target.) We conclude this day with shooting doubles. Shooting the angle target is also the second target in doubles.

The third day we still work on style and technique, but now we will show how to practice and shoot doubles and how to practice and shoot handicap. At this point the shooters should be able to shoot all targets from straight away and angle targets.


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