The number one mistake I see new shooters – and plenty of experienced shooters – make: they don’t stick their butt out when they shoot. The “standing tall” position is a loser on three major fronts. First, it makes a shooter susceptible to recoil, which pushes them backwards, which knocks them off-balance, which makes it difficult to maintain the stance and makes it harder to bring the gun back on target. Simple physics folks; the higher your center of gravity, the easier it is to disturb. Try this simple test . . .
Put your hand out in a standing tall shooting stance. Have someone press up on you hands. Then try it with your butt out. See? Second, the butt-out stance makes it far more likely you’ll move. As we’ve discussed here many, many times, movement is life. Unless you’re target shooting, you want to train yourself to get off the X (as the gun gurus say). When you’re crouched down – even a bit – your muscles are primed to GO! And third, bending your knees, crouching down and yes, sticking your butt out make you a smaller target. What’s not to love?