When I retired I’d planned to put all my athletic efforts into the endurance sports I’d enjoyed my entire life. Those competitions are hard on the body and pocket book. By chance I was given a bow that new priced at $78.00. After a week of playing with that toy bow I wanted a better bow and I wanted to get better as an archer.
One of the focal points for me is in sport is data. Naturally I began collecting data on my practice and performance shooting a bow. I still collect and review my data.
The data I collect helps me monitor progress, find areas that need work, and suggests how to set goals. It has further allowed me to create scholastic works based on talent transfer.
All top athletes monitor their work. The data for professional athletes and the systems used to gather input have become extremely sophisticated. From chips in football shoulder pads to invisible grids on a basketball court we know more about today’s athletes than ever before.
Archery hasn’t yet been overwhelmed with gizmos promising immediate improvement. Still, you can find plenty of ‘tech’ on which you can spend your cash hoping to gain an edge shooting arrows.
Archery has been around for a much longer time than any hot new gizmos promising improved shooting performance. People have been shooting bows since around 20,000 BC. Early bows weren’t used for sport, they were tools for hunting and warfare. (1) Successful archery was an easy measurement – you ate and you lived.
Archery as a sport had its first recreational competition of modern time in 1583 England. (1) It is also known that Mongols held archery competitions during gatherings before the English: 1194 – 1195. (2) Amazing, data from the Mongolian tournament exists today. The Mongolian archers were warriors, whereas in Britain in the 1500s over 3000 archers competed for pleasure.
Keeping your archery data is important should you want to be a competitive archer. My friend Robbie Surface, also an archery coach, has designed two journals for archers to record their data. One journal is designed for 3D the other for target archery. He gave me one, a target style, to try.
First, the journal is narrow enough to slip into my quiver. If it didn’t fit I’d probably have it lost before too long. The journal contains 100 pages for data entry. There are entry fields to record practice or tournament specifics.
Aside from points per arrow fields there is an area for Mental Game and Shot Execution. For me, I use a simple numeric recording for both entries. While my short hand means something to me it will be meaningless to others. You can create any notation or system that works for you in these two fields. (3)
I’ve been using my journal, thanks to Robbie, since he gave me one to try. It is a useful tool and easy to understand – surpassing expensive gizmos that remain on a shelf after the novelty dies.
You can view his journals, target and 3D, online where they are available for purchase at:
If you don’t monitor you can’t manage.