Moving away from 18-meter is not an activity to be dropped while I get 3D squared away. There remains a major 18-meter competition in Florida this November. To do well I need to bring my average point per arrow up about 0.5 points. 3D, however, has not been stellar thus far in 2017.
3D, especially after shooting a 170 in Beaufort County last week, is a whole different challenge from 18-meters. For 2017, I remain shooting at unknown distance, which means a lot of practice judging yardage. I have noticed many archers that shot unknown distances in 2016 have switched over to known for 2017.
I made some changes but moving over to known distance was not one of them. My changes for 2017 are going back to fixed pins and a short stabilizer – a hunter class rig. Why? I enjoy it more that dealing with long stabilizers, a heavy bow in the woods, and adjusting my sight. For 18-meter, outdoor (50-meter) or field archery I’d use the more elaborate set up.
The thing is that not having shot with a hunter class rig since 2015 and my practice focus on 18-meter; I am not shooting where I’d like to be pin rig. That was too apparent at last week’s abysmal contest.
In order to improve I will be doing what I can to increase the difficulty of my practice. That means moving my targets around, which is a pain in the butt. Over the years I’ve gotten very comfortable with many of the targets and where they sit.
Another change is not new and one I’ve used often. For now, I will be, once again, moving at 5-year increments from 20 to 50 yards and shooting each target over and over. In that exercise, I’ll stay at whatever yardage I’m shooting at the time until all arrows are in the 10 or higher ring. If one arrow missed, the process starts over at the current yardage point. Typically, I use 5 arrows.
I’d not stopped practicing moving form 20 to 50 yards. But, I wasn’t as diligent with the arrow placement. So, I am making it harder by not being satisfied until I am not missing the 10 or better ring.
It’s slow work. And in the meantime, I still have to get in at least 100 18-meter practice arrows per day – except on rest days. It means a lot of time on ranges.