Archery: 10% Mental, 90% Trying Not to Quit

Even though Georgia’s Covid-19 restrictions have been eased I’m a bit hesitant to jump into the middle of a crowd.  In my mid-60s I fit into a high-risk category. Still, solo archery practice and training moves forward.

Today, I was thankful for being socially distance. In this way, no one other than the archer could view the 3D practice.  It was ugly.

It wasn’t like I hadn’t prepared. On yesterday, using my bow hunter rig, I worked on precise shooting.  The practice used tape measured distances moving from 20 yards to 45 yards in slow progression over and over and over.

The idea was that on today I’d work longer yardage aiming at foam animals.  The average distance was 36 yards with the minimum at 35 yards and the maximum at 45 yards.  Turns out that the 45-yard target was my best of the day, my only 12.  Aside from that I averaged a miserable 8.75 points per arrow for a score of 175.  Like I said – ugly.

41 yards – yes, ugly

Heck, 45 yards is a chip shot with a scope and long stabilizers.  At 50 meters (55 yards) I hold a state record using target style equipment.  In 3D I prefer using a hunting rig and competing in the hunter class.  This does mean I compete against archers that aren’t much older than my children. But, I don’t mind if they don’t. I do find that the younger guys here in Georgia are more inclined to pull the arrows, giving the old fellow a break. And, without exception good manners and “Sir” prevails in conversation. I do appreciate that even if it does, at times, remind my of he age difference.

If I’m going to shoot using a target bow then, for me, that is field and target archery.  In 3D, it is like playing using a hunter rig and in my opinion meets the spirit of its origin.

I know long distances using pins is killing me.  Long distances in 3D with low poundage and a short draw means my arrows float toward fake critters.  My calculated FPS is 243, so I need to be precise when I place the pin.  This is why on yesterday I worked specifically at aiming.

I’ll repeat it all tomorrow and the next day.  Because, I expect that in the near future I’ll be able to get back into a tournament. In the meantime, all anyone can do is stay focused and keep practicing.

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