By our consuming nature, we have some preconceived notions about what “quality” may be, but how does that pertain to our practice? Some of what you believe may very well be accurate, but in most instances, consumer quality does not translate well in to what is “quality” as it pertains to developing a great shot.
First – all of your fundamentals must be automatic. All aspects of your shot sequence must be so developed that it is subconscious. Your stance, grip, target acquisition, draw, anchor, aim, release and follow through must be done without conscious effort. How do you get to that point? First let me suggest that you read my blog, under the category of “Archery Tips”. Start at the bottom at the oldest post and work your way to the most current. I have distilled down for you there the best tips from some of the best and brightest in archery today.
Break your shot sequence down into individual steps – and practice them until each of them is smooth, correct every time and automatic. When you have that working – it is time to go to the range.
If you have taken the time and followed my suggestions above, then here is where it gets good.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
What I am about to say sounds simple, but it is difficult to execute. Staying perfectly balanced, focus on your target, breathe slowly and deeply (I do it three times to re-oxygenate my muscles) and initiate your shot sequence. FOCUS. Focus on the center of the target. Be PATIENT. Your shot sequence is in motion, the shot will occur. Focus, keep a quiet mind. Within 6-10 seconds on average – your arrow will be on it’s way to the center of the bullseye.
When a great shooter is practicing, once they toe the line they are quiet, and singularly focused on the task at hand. Each arrow is given maximum concentration and focus. From a distance, they make it look easy. In reality, they are TOTALLY committed to each shot.
If you do these things – regularly, and practice in this fashion, I promise you will get better. Let me know how it is working for you. Feel free to leave me questions, I am here to help you succeed.
Until next time my friends; Aim Small, Miss Small!