As soon as you yell “pull” targets are hurled into the air from a trap at various angles and directions to simulate flight patterns of birds. In “doubles”, the trap springs 2 clay targets into the air in different directions. In wobble trap, the target is released into varying directions and at a different elevations. Think of it as shooting’s equivalent of the “knuckleball”.
In scoring, it does not matter if the shooter hits only a small piece of the target or turns it into a dust cloud. A hit is a hit.
In registered trapshooting, the rules specify that targets must be thrown no less than 48 yards, no more than 52 yards and should be between 8 and 12 feet high, and 10 yards from the trap. Shooters stand a minimum of 16 yards from the trap houses. Registered trapshooting is competition that is regulated by the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA).