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Olympic Skeet Shooter Vincent Hancock's First Love Was Golf

Two-time Olympic gold medalist skeet shooter Vincent Hancock explains what skeet shooting exactly is and talks about his love for the sport of golf.

Released on 8/8/2016

Credits

Starring: Vincent Hancock

Transcript

00:00
Golf Digest was kind enough to come out here
00:01
to Forth Worth Trap and Skeet
00:03
where I train at every day in preparation for the Olympics.
00:13
My Olympic sport is international skeet shooting.
00:16
I was in the army, so I was considered
00:17
a marksman while I was there,
00:18
but outside, I'm just a skeet shooter.
00:23
Skeet is one of the many disciplines of shooting.
00:26
The name of the actual target is a clay target.
00:28
We have a high house and a low house,
00:30
and the targets cross over a central point.
00:33
So you have an infinitesimal moment
00:35
in time to shoot the target.
00:36
It's a very, very quick,
00:37
but that's kind of the name of the game.
00:41
I grew up playing golf.
00:42
Before I ever knew what a shotgun was,
00:44
I had a golf club in my hand.
00:46
My grandpa started me out when I was about three years old,
00:48
and just kind of played sporadically ever since then.
00:52
Shooting has been nicknamed, golf with a shotgun.
00:55
The reason being is because we have a very similar
00:57
process to the way we address the target,
00:59
and the way we execute.
01:01
You'll notice that a golfer
01:02
before they ever step up to a shot,
01:04
they go through a pre-shot routine.
01:05
You'll see us doing that out here too.
01:07
It's just about the process,
01:09
it's about trying to get yourself into the zone
01:11
to block out everything else.
01:13
Being able to harness that process
01:15
and harness that zone,
01:16
allows you to compete at the highest level you can.
01:21
I do follow a few of the golfers.
01:23
Now that I'm out here in Texas,
01:24
I like following Jordan Spieth,
01:26
he's a good young up-and-comer,
01:27
I wish him the best.
01:29
He's from right down the road in Dallas,
01:30
I'm here in Forth Worth, so I'm not very far away.
01:32
Maybe we'll be able to link up one of these days.
01:36
What the guys here at Golf Digest
01:37
did take me out to the range the other day
01:39
and we hit a few balls.
01:40
I've been playing for a long time,
01:41
so I can hit the ball pretty decent,
01:44
but my handicap is still anywhere from 10
01:46
to on a bad day, to 18 or 19 (laughs),
01:49
so you just never know quite what you're going to get.
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