At the very least, recoil is a distraction, and any distraction that takes your mind off what you’re doing takes your eye off the target. It can happen to anyone, although it’s easiest to see in new shooters. As a shooting coach of a high-school trap team, I’ve worked with kids who haven’t shot much, and I see recoil distraction all the time. While kids may not show any outward reaction to the kick, such as lifting their heads off the stock, I can see the guns rock them. I know when their mind in on recoil, because they seem nervous. They grip the gun tightly and jam it into their shoulder, then miss. Recoil is on their minds, so their minds aren’t on the target.