Garland Mountain is committed to introducing new shooters to this exciting sport. With that in mind we have options available to ensure new shooters are able to quickly and successfully break clays.

One option is take our introductory sporting clays lesson. Our Introductory Lesson will shorten the learning curve and is the quickest route to smashing clay targets with consistency. Learn more on our Introductory Lesson .

For those more inclined to learn on their own, we offer our Developmental Course. Our developmental course offers three shooting stations located in a private setting. The area allows new shooters to move at their own pace while preparing for the faster pace experienced on the sporting clay courses. Developmental Course targets are closer to the shooting deck and move at a reduced speed. This allows new shooters the ability to develop the eye-hand coordination required to successfully break targets.

Below you will find our recommendations based on your level of experience:

Which category best describes you?

  • No shotgun experience– Without a doubt the Developmental Course is where you need to start. If you haven’t handled a shotgun, at a minimum, you’ll need an experienced shooter to assist you at all times. If you’re not accompanied by an experienced shooter, you are required to take our Introductory Lesson.  Our intro lesson provides an informative orientation on safety, diagnosis of potential eye dominance, proper gun mounting, stance, and shot technique. The lesson is in a relaxed atmosphere and is meant to be enjoyed. If you truly want to enjoy the sport of breaking clays and accelerate the ‘learning curve’ an introductory lesson is highly recommended!
  • I have shotgun experience but I am new to sporting clays – You are welcome on the Developmental Course. The targets here move at a slower speed and are flying closer to the shooting decks. This allows you to more easily develop the hand-eye coordination needed to successfully break clays. Another option is our Introductory Lesson. You will shoot anywhere from  25-50 targets during the lesson. The lesson provides an informative orientation on safety, diagnosis of potential eye dominance, proper gun mounting, stance, and shot technique. The lesson is in a relaxed atmosphere is meant to be enjoyed. If you truly want to enjoy the sport of breaking clays and accelerate the ‘learning curve’ an introductory lesson is highly recommended!
  • I have sporting clays experience but I want to improve my skill set – As an Experienced Shooter, you know that you must never cheat the fundamentals if you want to improve.  That is why you need a great foundation upon which to build your game. Our instructor will evaluate your current “style” and work with you to implement a “system” that is easy to understand, easy to duplicate over and over, and most importantly, easy to perform. As an Experienced Shooter, you may not believe it, but less is more! Learning how to approach various target presentations with a clean and effective strategy, matching shooting methods to specific target presentations, while also minimizing body AND random gun movement will greatly improve your chances of getting more “X’s” on your score card. You can find more information on Experienced Shooter Lessons