Two scores – vastly different. Each practice was against a Vegas style 3-spot scoring the inner ten. There was a drop of 4.12% between the scores. One day resulted in 42 tens, the next 21 tens. That’s huge drop. What happened?
Day one the good day – zero distractions to take away from archery. Day two – music, a timer, and a break to play with dogs. Although, the dogs aren’t much of a distraction, they’re good dogs and mostly remain quiet during shooting. The music and the timer, well that’s another matter.
During USA Archery tournaments there is music and a timer. Without a doubt both can be distractions. A good song comes over the air and it floats through your head. You glance at the timer to see you first two shots took longer than usual or less time than usual. It distracts.
“Practice the way you compete,” says my coach Big John Chandler. Adhering to that policy during many practices there will be music playing and a timer ticking. Both of these elements of competition are distractions until you learn that they’re not.
We know that there will be a distraction or two during competition. If you don’t “Practice the way you compete” little things like a timer and music may impact competitive performance.