A Year of Improvement

This competitive year 2017 is done. An easy stat to look over from the years 2015 – 2017 is a 3-spot. I’ll crunch the 5-spot numbers as well as 3D scores. But, a 3-spot is a primary marker. It’s primary because it is controlled, unlike 3D, and more frequent as opposed to a 5-spot.

3D is harder to analyze because for variances of yardage, size of target, weather, distance, and whether or not the competition was ASA or IBO. Five-spots competition has simply not occurred for me since I moved from Maryland. Even then, those were league scores and the distance was 18- yards rather than 18-meters. I still shoot at a 5-spot fairly often, but not as frequently as a 3-spot.

Three-spot shooting is pretty well controlled and I have the scores recorded in competitive events as well as practice. I do have more 3D tournament scores in general and I’ll look over those next. No matter how it reasons out; 3-spot is an easy analysis as a starting point.

The results of the number crunching  shows on average a 10-point improvement each year starting in 2015 though 2017. There’s a 1.75% increase in score per year. Not quite 2%.

Performance-wise I have a hopeful anticipation of a 3% increase in 2018 followed by a 1% to 2% increase in 2019. ( a 3% increase will put my average scores in the 590 range.)

Knowing how I finished out the 2017 archery season is an important marker for setting realistic 2018 goals.

2 thoughts on “A Year of Improvement”

  1. Was it Lenceoni (or was he just one of many) who said there is no improvement without measurement? Sounds like you are on the path to sustained improvement.

    1. Hi Jonathan,

      I haven’t read any of Lenceoni’s books, but he may be one of many starting with Edward Deming. Peter Drucker wrote in one of his books, “”If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” In sports we measure all sorts of variables. I didn’t pay a lot of attention of those numbers. In fact, I didn’t really pay a lot of attention to measurements until I began overseeing the Quality Control for the Blood Gas Lab decades ago at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.

      Overtime, I really became hooked on QC in everything we did medically. That interest paid dividends when I left the clinical environment and moved into industry. The strict measures we put on medical devices was right up my alley and helped immensely when I was working in Regulatory Affairs.

      Of the few activities I miss from work “numbers” lead the pack. My archery numbers while giving me data to set goals are a fun diversion.

      By the way, we’re on the road. Before we left we got your Christmas letter. As always, Brenda and I really enjoyed. We look forward to receiving it every year. Your kids have grown! Your grocery bill must be outrageous.



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