There’s a lot of data on my archery spreadsheets. Five years, one month and 18 days worth of data is a lot. Over time the data shows a graphic of how scores have improved. It further covers equipment, environmental conditions and how I felt.
Over the past several weeks the steady rise in 3-spot performance I’d been so proud of has dropped. The drop was nearly instantaneous. I reviewed my shooting and went through deliberate practice sessions hoping to reset my form. I did discover a few bow issues and perhaps those problems contributed to the falling scores.
Those drops may, as I noticed in the past, have matched the Stock Market. When it drops, I worry. I worry about the interest rate climbing (again), the trade war, and political unrest in Washington. I can’t do a thing to change those variables, but I do not like millionaires and billionaires screwing around with the market based on their power struggles – especially when it negatively impacts me.
Or, the drop in scores may be over practice. It is easy to fall into a pattern of worrying that the other guy is practicing more and practice more. There is a point where the return isn’t worth the wear.
The failure to move up to an average score of 590 for 60 arrows on the inner ten 3-spot may also be mental. That’s a good score. I’ve surpassed it having shot a 593 a few weeks ago. But, when X’s begin falling into place it is easy to think that it is a fluke.
The 593 told me I could shoot a 600. Today, during the morning’s practice I shot a 568. Nowhere near to where I’d been shooting. Thing is this has happened before and it will happen again. Whatever the root cause of the dip, I know I’m missing the ten. Not by much but enough to become frustrating.
Certainly, like the Stock Market, there’s no call for alarm. Simply handle any potential cause, make any correction available, and continue to push for that 600. And like the Stock Market, the yield will improve over time.
(The day after I wrote this post the Market improved – as did my 3-spot score.)