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The Skeet Forum on this site has a sticky on "Introduction to Skeet & Todd Bender Cheat Sheet". I explains skeet.

Also, go to YouTube.com and search skeet, trap, sporting clays, shotguns.... It has a few videos that show bits and pieces of each sport.
 

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My preferred explanation of the psychological difference of the games:

1) Skeet is for shooters who hate to miss.

2) Sporting is for shooters who love to hit.

3) Trap is for shooters who can find any reason other than themselves to justify a miss.
 

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"American" Trap has 5 positions (posts); one trap that oscillates left to right in a trap house so the outgoing angle of the target is unknown. Link to ATA site=>http://www.shootata.com

Sporting Clays you got the path way with any number of stations, usually more than 10, usually with 2 traps per station, throwing a variety of clay targets using a variety of presentations. A compact version of Sporting is 5 stand and Compak; this version has 5 stands in a row and 6 or more traps situated around the field. Link to NSCA site=>http://www.mynsca.com
 

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I shoot trap only once every week or two, I've shot sporting clays once and I have only observed skeet. Skeet and sporting clays seem to be far more social sports than trap ... but there is something that I do enjoy about the unspoken rhythm of a trap round
 

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Trap - got boring real soon, did not see it improving my shooting ability much, but its very affordable $4-$7 a round and box of shells
Skeet - it will improve ones ability to shoot a variety of targets, and its very affordable $4-$7 a round and a box of shells
5-Stand - more target presentations than Skeet, usually $7 - $10 a round and a box of shells. Kind of a warm-up for Sporting Clays
Sporting Clays - like 5-Stand with a hunting like variety of target presentations but you get to shoot enough at each station to improve your skills. Not so affordabe $27 - $60 a round and 4 or more boxes of shells (100+ rounds).
IMHO you get the most cluck for the buck with Skeet.
 
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