I've never shot a Texas Star in competition. I have shot (at) one plenty of times and never thought it was particularly difficult to get a consistent time, though not a fast one. Knock off the top plate, wait for the other plates to turn to approximately 3 or 9 o'clock, and shoot each of them as they arrive. Easy. However, I watched some videos on youtube today and wondered why people didn't seem to do that. In one of them, the last instruction to the shooter was "Remember, you have to shoot the bottom plate first." That would make it much harder. Is this some standard procedure or requirement (formal or informal) that everyone knows but me?