On Saturday October 17, 2020 it was 38°F in Acworth, Georgia at 0830. The weather report had ‘suggested’ the temperature would be 48°F at 0830 with a rapidly increasing warmth to follow. The weather forecast had been off. It was cold at the Kennesaw Archery Club for the Georgia State Field Archery Championship.
On Wednesday the 14th of October, a day before registration closed I entered the event. The reasoning was to put off entry until nearly the last moment in the event of a forecast to rain or me still flinging arrows like a clown with a water gun. The forecast for the weather wasn’t the main deterrent for a rejection to enter. In reality if was the drive through Atlanta being the major issue against attending.
The secondary consideration was whether or not I’d make a fool of myself shooting at $249.00 Olympic recurve in the Men’s Senior Division having only just started shooting a recurve. In total I’d had 62 days of actual practice shooting an Olympic recurve. Granted, I believed those days to have been fairly high quality practice days.
The Olympic recurve is a satisfying bow. At $249.00 for limbs and riser a barging for entertainment. As a serious competitive bow, well since I’ve not shot any other Olympic recurve is seems just right. The arrows that are flung off the bow’s rest cost $5.50 each complete with fletching, pile and nock.
Those arrows are a tad under-spined, un-cut, and there is no clicker on the bow. There is a sight, which is, as sights go, one level above the trash. I admit openly, the sight is awful. The price for the sight was around $20.00 new. In this case, you really do get what you pay for.
The sight moves on it own, the aperture rotates between shots, and the calibration assembly aligns “in the ballpark” at best. “In the ballpark” after 62 practice days is probably good enough.
At 0830 there I was, sitting in my Ford-150, at the Kennesaw Archery Club’s range for the tournament. I was thinking, this is really stupid. I am going to be so embarrassed. But, I’d made the first leg of the drive (getting there) paid my $35.00 registration fee, so I might as well enjoy, albeit cold, the learning experience.
I unloaded myself from the pick-up, grabbed my introductory level bow and somewhat miserably began the hike to the check-in table. There I confirmed my initial target assignment and walked over to the warm-up range.
Along the way I passed friends and opponents. This is my first recurve tournament. I’d won the event in 2019 in the Men’s Masters 60 year old age group using a compound bow. The recurve contest wasn’t as a Master. I’d decided to compete for a while in the Senior division.
A friend of mentioned he’s not going to Gator Cup because they don’t have a 70+ division. Many tournaments bail out of the age group divisions at 50. I figured I might as will shoot with the guys under 50 since I’m starting something new. At least there will always be a division in that age group.
There were comments about the in my hand recurve, of course. There were folks suggest their opinion that the discount equipment was “Good for you.” Said in the vein of “That’s a piece of crap but maybe you’ll have some cheap fun and not lose too many of those toy arrows.” There was even the curiosity regarding what happened to the blue rubber tips I’d removed from the arrows to insert the 65 grain pile. One polite fellow, when he mentally digested my bow and arrow set changed the subject to cycling.
Others had more invasive questions. As answered: No, the set did not arrive in the mail zip tied together on cardboard and sealed in vacuum packed plastic. No, this bow isn’t available at Wal-Mart.
Admittedly, the budget bow and arrow set assisted in a good time. The sight was a frustration since it wouldn’t stay locked. It was a minor problem that was dealt with after each arrow.
One thing I will add is the Kennesaw Archery Club has a very nice facility. Another is Atlanta traffic sucks!