When Yogi Berra uttered the Yogism, “It’s like déjà vu all over again”, he was referring to hits by Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle during a World Series baseball game when they all played for the NY Yankees. His expression came to mind while I’m re-learning to shoot with a new bow.
A week ago I picked up a new Elite Energy 35. Prior to that I’d shot a Mathews Conquest Apex 7. The two bows are very different.
With the Apex 7 I could be a little loose on my form and still pull off a good shot. Perhaps, not a great shot, but a good shot. Not so with the Elite.
The Elite accepts no mistakes in form. If my form is good, the Elite will deliver a good shot. If I am off just a tad the result is pronounced at the target.
This has forced me to shoot a lot more slowly. With the other bow I shot pretty fast. The Elite demands full concentration and it’s forcing me to re-learn all over again.
There are probably archers who can pick up anything and shoot perfect scores. I’ve met few of these archers. I’m not in that group. This new bow has me truly shooting as if I’d never shot. However, the learning curve is a lot steeper than the first time around which does, just a little, temper my frustration.
After a week of shooting I see why the Elite 35 has been reviewed as a very shootable bow. It’s fun to shoot even if my arrows are making big wide circles around the X. Re-learning to shoot is a bit like déjà vu all over again. Hitting the target with an arrow is somewhat like pitching in baseball. Sadly, I don’t have Yogi Berra calling the shots for me.
I received my “Official Invitation” to compete at the IBO World Championship in the mail yesterday. It is a leap going from amateur to pro not only in the distance to the target but the price to compete.
My options for qualifying meant shooting as a Master (amateur), Senior Pro without restriction in stabilizers, sights, etc., or in the pro hunter class. The IBO doesn’t have a pro class for Masters. Their senior pro age begins at 50. I chose, this year, to try qualifying in the pro hunter class.
The advantage is that I shoot most frequently with the equipment used for the hunter class. The downside is that there doesn’t seem to be sub-sets for age. The age doesn’t disturb me, as much is the number of competitors that can qualify in what could be a large group.
The price is another big jump – nearly $100.00 more than shooting as an amateur. Still at $170.00 to enter the price is a lot less than an Ironman event. Ironman events range from $650.00 to $725.00 just to enter. But, at least in archery I stand a chance to win my money back.
May is a tough month for competition. Not that the competition has changed, the events that infringe on shooting, running, and other events has increased. This isn’t a bad thing and the timing this year is pretty good.
May is a busy month for our family. It actually begins at the end of April with our oldest grandson’s birthday. That meant a trip to Georgia.
Then, there’s my wife’s birthday on the first weekend, mother’s day the second weekend, my birthday the third weekend, a granddaughter’s birthday the following weekend and our anniversary the next day. Add to all of that another granddaughter due mid-May and well, it becomes a very busy month.
We enjoy all the celebrations even if my wife and I are the one’s that end up doing all the driving.
A week ago I bought a new bow and am still learning how to shoot it. So, going to competitions in archery aren’t high on my agenda until I become smooth with the new bow. I’ll practice during the week and rather than driving to compete I’ll be taking part in some family festival on the weekend. Nevertheless, if I can work in a shoot I’ll take what I can get. But, May is tough for sporting events.