While on the topic of Golf............
My right hemisphere has been churning and chugging more than usual lately. What if scenario.....
FT is based on a golfers handicap?
Let me explain.
Currently every shooter gets one shot per target per lane. PCP is the generally accepted norm for FT.
Springer air rifles feel left out as they often feel that they have inferior toys and cannot compete.
Now in golf the basic DIONS spalding would equate a springer and the more expensive clubs and paraphanalia equate to the different classes of PCP.
The rules are simple.
Range Par: 10-30m=1
Diameter Par= 10mm @10-15m=2 i.e 1+1
What happens when a par is missed? Score is added and compared with range best.
Thus the shooter with the lowest score wins.
Benefits, shooters will concentrate on the perfect shot and a 3 on par 3 course = a hole in one etc etc
What should be done to further the sport. Establish permanent ranges with fixed lanes and grade the ranges with difficulty factor taking into account the distance, positional shots, angle of shots etc.
A team can play a four ball/pellet to determine winner with the lowest score.
Just some ideas to ponder on a new FT dimension
and Ogre answered:
Stoffeltoo, I think that you idea/suggestion deserves a brainstormng session, as there are certainly merits that clubs and airgunning in general will/could benefit from.
One that springs to mind would be greater participation, therefore better quality facilities and perhaps greater selection of equipment at reasonable prices due to increased demand.
If nobody takes the initiative to try, no one will ever know........
and Albereth Commented:
Stoffeltoo, Ogre. I like what I am reading. I think this would be a marvellous contribution. The league set up could be an early determinant of a shooter's handicap and then have a handicap system for the class of weapon.
Of course now all this discussion is in the wrong thread. Can the moderators move it?
and Gerrie wrote:
Why keep all the UK rules for 10 years with the minimum of minimum change that everybody is proud about and want to enforce to the letter, and then change it in South Africa? You either shoot well or you don't. That was the norm since the first projectile was sent flying in times immemorial.
In stead of trying to bring your handicap down by shooting better, rather get a springer.(1/2doz of the one and 6 of the other) If you can afford a PCP your handicap goes up(Discrimination against the "rich" I, for one, will score if I shoot with a springer,I seldom hit the kill zone, but I hardly miss the animal silhouette.(dont look at the kill zone look at the silhouette around it) With a nice handicap on top, I'll be in the medals all the time. After a while some of us/everybody will know all the courses by hart, country wide. It should be boring to shoot most of them, just like most guys play golf just to get away from the office and wife and kids etc.
So, let's do it.
The discussion was on another topic and was requested to be moved to its own topic.
In addition to the proposal what if the shoot reflects miniaturized game animals like elephant, buff, impala, springbuck etc. etc.
Maybe put in a buffalo charge with three shots at varying distances and a compacted time limit?
Just some thoughts which could get this discussion going and benefit ALL air rifle shooters