I looked at the scores from last weeks Buckeye shoot at the Cardinal Center and it reinforced what I've always known about shooting windy, or strong, targets. Big heavy unsingles are no good in the wind and for the most part neither are old men. I quit serious ATA competition when I turned 50. I knew then as I know today that the 50 year old me had no chance against the 35 or 40 year old me. When I was younger I was just better, better eye sight, better physical shape, better mentally. I WANTED to win. Today I know more about how to break targets than I did at 40, but that is not enough, I know there is no way that I should hope to compete with Joe Charnigo or all those other young shooters that kicked ass at the Ohio State, Grand American, and Cardinal Classic shoots this year.. The reason the ATA has dumbed down the sport is so old fat shooters that own $20,000. trap guns can justify it and feel like they can compete but when you get a little wind being old and shooting a fence post equals bad scores. In the wind you need a lighter faster gun and one with a sighting plain closer to your eye, Top Single, Auto Loader, BT 99 type gun. Joe is a great pigeon shooter and I think the best ATA trap shooter today definitely the best money shooter. He would have fit right in with Leo, Dan, Phil, Ray, Britt, Gene, Frank, and all the other money shooters that I shot against back in the day.. He's a money shooter and doesn't worry about the score, just winning. Old men complain about this and that but the truth is it's the date on the birth certificate that is the real problem. If you look at the winners at this seasons big events the old guard is going and the new SCTP trained boys and girls have become men, (and women like Summer,) and are taking over. If all those young kids that were there in the summer would have been at last weeks Cardinal shoot the winning scores would have been higher there too. Instead of complaining about shooting poorly just enjoy all these young shooters coming along, and maybe shoot a little lighter gun. Money has never been the deciding factor in a trap shooting winner. You can't buy success.