Last week, on an indoor range, I was practicing at 18-meters. There weren’t many other people there at that time. Steve was there. Steve’s a coach and was working with a student.
I’m accustomed to practicing while coaching is happening around me. I listen to what is being said between ends. I’ve picked up more than one free tip from Steve while he’s coaching.
Anyway, I was working away at 18-meters. I’d been shooting pretty good. Then, on one shot I hit a 9. Now a 9 isn’t bad but I’d been hitting 10s. Here’s what happened – Steve walks over to grab arrows from a ground quiver about 2 inches from me. The distraction was all it took to miss the 10.
I laughed and said, “Thanks, Steve! That 9 is on you.” He, too, laughed and added, “You need to learn to block distraction.” Of course he’s right. Who knows, I may have hit the 9 regardless of Steve nearly knocking me over. (Yes, Steve that’s how I telling it) I mean, it wouldn’t have been my first 9.
Distractions happen. They really can’t be allowed to mess with your shooting. The other day I had another distraction. A stink bug.
Practicing at 18-meters on my outdoor range I was again doing pretty good. At full draw, all focused, letting my brain relax, finding silence, being one with the arrow and channeling my inner Yoda, this stink bug lands on the lens of my scope. Yep, the arrow was off in the millisecond of bug to glass impact.
I heard the arrow hit the target. I was expecting to find it some where in the white and glad it didn’t sail off into the woods. I lifted my binoculars to find the arrow. What I found was a real surprise.
The shot turned out good. Sometimes luck is a good thing to have.