Kay Ohye | About kay Ohye's Trapshooting
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
- 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
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
I was a coach for the Junior Olympic,
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
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
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
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
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.