The Georgia 25-meter Indoor Championship is about three weeks away. It is being held that the Georgia Southern Shooting Education Center in Statesboro, Georgia. Aside from poor lighting, fluorescent bulbs high above the floor, it is a nice facility.
This year is a bit different. First only 24 archers are allowed to compete during any of the three times offered. Spectators are not allowed in the building. Archers must wear a mask at all times and temperature checks will be taken before competitors are allowed inside the building. All of this is understandable considering the current state of this pandemic.
While I have no issue with the conditions, I admit shooting while wearing a mask is a challenge. I’ve been testing masks to see how it goes during practice. It doesn’t go well. Wearing a mask my average score at 25-meters drops 26 points!
On a poor day shooting my average will fluctuate about 10 points. Ten points is my worst drop off from my average. That is unless I am wearing a mask. The difference from my high score at 25-meters and low score is 27 without a mask. The difference with a mask is 49 points. The low score without a mask was shoot over a month ago and was my first attempt at 25-meters. It was also the 69th day of shooting a recurve bow. Even that score is higher than any score I’ve achieved wearing a mask.
Obviously, more practice is needed while wearing a mask to bring up my score when wearing a mask.