Over the past month the exercises in my training plan have all been those associated with starting from the beginning. Weeks were spent shooting at targets 11 yards away. Then, those targets moved to 15 yards, 17 yards and finally 20 yards. Each move occurring after scores had reached an acceptable level. Each arrow was judged not on the score rather whether or not the shot had occurred properly.
Admittedly 100% proper form was not achieved. At 11 yards the arrow might land in an X but the form may still have been off. The further back the more pronounced a poorly formed shot scored. With an indoor State Championship less than three weeks away 18 meters is the distance of focus.
Rushing shots or depending on luck are not methods for consistent scoring. Both of those bad methods to shoot remain in my quiver. They are hard habits to break.
Two things hamper shooting: rushing the shot and slamming off an arrow hoping for a bit of luck. We’ve all been lucky a time or two. On the other hand that luck isn’t always good.
A friend and early coach once told me, “Get one arrow, shoot it, retrieve it and shoot it again – one arrow at a time.” Boring! Shooting arrows is fun, if it weren’t archers would probably become runners. (I know you are unlikely to run unless you’re being chased – that was a joke.)
I took the advice after years of avoiding the one at a time practice. I held in the game for 15 arrows from 18 meters before I broke. It was a boring as I’d imagined. (I considered going for a run at arrow 10)
The practice did make me slow down and focus on just one arrow at a time. The results were painfully good. It taught me that if I slow down I shoot pretty good. Hopefully, once was enough although I doubt it.