Originally Posted by RickB
I've never seen anyone who was an especially good competition shooter right out of the box, but you'll never get any better if you stop now.
All of us, even the top guys, have been there when we started, so no one else saw your performance as embarrassing. New shooters do well when they listen, have fun, shoot within their control, help paste targets and, most importantly, are safe.
If you decide to stick with it, I can tell you that you'll likely improve nicely as you learn the game. A couple of important "tricks", though: Stay positive about yourself, be patient with yourself and leave your ego in the car. Without these, even the best gear and instruction won't take you to your potential, no matter your endeavor.