After my introduction to Sporting Clays, I decided to become a serious shooter. I trained hard, was fortunate to have access to some of the best coaches in the country. However, once I found my stroke I was consistently stumbling and having difficulty allowing myself to shoot with a calm and peaceful mindset.
One of my coaches suggested I speak with a sports psychologist to get a better understanding of what my mind was doing while I was shooting, thereby allowing myself to use the skills I’ve developed.
My mental game was going nowhere, and as a result I was unable to improve. Quite fortunately, I had crossed paths with Tom eight months earlier, and I remembered him saying something about studying sports psychology and applying it to his sporting clays instruction so I called him for a lesson. Needless to say, I was impressed, educated, motivated and went home wanting to book a series of lessons with Tom.
Happily I did, and as a direct result of his instruction I have matured in my game, and am able to allow myself to move on to breaking more targets with harder hits while putting in less effort. I am very grateful to Tom for the work he has put into me and for the amount of knowledge I have gained from him. I am looking forward to working with him this season, as his approach, attitude, and perseverance are infectious.
In my 40+ years of shotgunning, extensive hunting, and training at the highest levels of the sport, at the Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, I thought, "What could this guy teach me that I don't already know"? Honestly, "a lot". In my quest to try some tournaments this year, I enlisted Tom's assistance to help sharpen my game. He not only sharpened it, he honed it to a razors edge. I was amazed, what I thought I knew, I really did not know at all. My mental game has been raised, my shotgun skills are improved, and I now have the confidance that I can win each and every time on the course no matter where it is. I could not be happier. If you want to learn, and find out, what you really don't know, but think you do; call Tom for a lesson. All you will be able to say at the lessons end is "WOW".
Fmr. Olympic Trap Competitor
Tom Fiumarello is the best teacher there is hands down, bar none. His teaching methods are fun and extremely effective. I don’t know any other instructor that can guarantee you to improve and actually deliver on that promise. He is an asset to the sport and anyone that crosses his path is extremely privileged.
Tom not only is an excellent instructor and well worth the money but he is an extraordinary gentleman who will go above and beyond to help his students in any way he can. He often will put himself second to make sure that his students have everything they need to succeed. I am very grateful to not only have him for an instructor but also a good friend.
Renee Leone Syracuse, NY
I’ve been shooting sporting clays for about four years. I recently took some lessons with Tom Fiumarello. I wish I had done this when I first started shooting. Tom simplifies the process of breaking clay targets and is helping me develop a shooting style. Tom tailors his lessons to help you achieve your goals. He is happy to take whatever skills you have and build on those skills. He is a positive guy. He helped me with the mechanical aspect of breaking clay targets as well as the mental aspect of competitive shooting. If you think you want to shoot sporting clays, take a lesson with Tom. I think you will be glad that you did.
A.J. and Mike are inner city kids......13 and 11 years old. It was very difficult in getting them involved in any "thinking Sport". They had minimal outdoor activities, and it was very difficult to get either one of them to hold their attention very long or get them interested in very much. Neither boy had ever shot a gun before, and as their Grandfather, I thought shooting clays may be something both boys might like. A.J's younger brother Mike followed him around like a shadow, so he naturally wanted to shoot too, but Mike had a totally different learning curve, hence I was a little apprehensive to have them learn together.........so here was my dilemma. I've got one kid who can be very aggressive, and his younger brother, that was timid, and a slow learner. While A.J. blossomed under Tom's guidance, Mike was tearful and timid..........the kick of the gun, the sound, all shook him. I was ready to throw in the towel. Tom did not agree. Tom's patience and love shown to Mike won him over, and now he too is shooting with his brother. Tom's teaching technique was extremely successful and proved that over time both boys could be won over. Both boys went from, "It's OK, to When can we go again". While Mike enjoys being out there and shooting with his big brother, A.J. proficiency has been overwhelming. Club members where A.J. takes lessons have notice how well he is shooting and have commented to him. At a recent clinic, A.J. and the friends he made at the event, begged Tom to let them shoot after the event ended at 3:00, and Tom stayed with them until 5:00 so they could continue shooting.
As Grandfather and Grandmother, we started this journey with A.J. and Mike, over some objections from their Mom and Dad, but after the first couple of lessons, with both kids raving over the activity and their instructor, they soon realized what an enjoyable and educational experience this was for both kids. Tom you turned two hard city kids, into mush with your infectious personality and laughter. As grandparents and parents we cannot thank you enough. We'll see you again this summer for sure.