A fellow I know posted on his Facebook page, “Who’s Ready for some 3D?”
He’d purchased his annual new bow and new arrows. He signed with an archery equipment company as a “Pro Staff” member and made a public, Facebook, announcement of his elevated status. He’d posted a competitive schedule and pointed out he’d be traveling to compete on a specific tour. He is a top dog.
Shortly afterward he showed up at the local indoor range and exclaimed excitedly his eagerness for upcoming 3D season to everyone within hearing distance. He’s loud so the audible parameter was large.
While standing at the 18-meter line of the range someone took a smart phone picture of him for Facebook application. Within hours of his departure that photo would land on Facebook with a caption announcing his newly acquired gear was launching arrows to perfection.
While on the range his new bow and arrows in hand he began flinging arrows 18 meters down range. He’s chosen a vertical three spot to destroy. He was wearing out the eight rings.
After thirty minutes he’d shot about 24 arrows. (6 ends of 3 arrows) He collected his shinny gear and departed the range. Eager to post about his superior equipment.
Mr. “Who’s Ready for some 3D?” isn’t really a top dog. In fact, I don’t recall him winning any of the local 3D events. He spends a lot of money at the shop and the workers there treat him like royalty.
Pro Staff doesn’t mean professional archer. Mr. “Who’s Ready for some 3D,” is a perfect example. He wears a pro staff shirt but is far from a professional level archer. The archery shop is allocated a number of positions to fill with local archers as promotional marketing plan for the manufacturer’s gear. The shop selects archers that are loyal, spend money and will promote the shop to complete those “Pro Staff” allocations. Mr. “Who’s Ready for some 3D?” is well liked spends an abundance of money at the shop and wins an allocation. Don’t be fooled, Mr. “Who’s Ready for some 3D?” isn’t a pro. If you paid for your manufacturer’s kit and gear neither are you.
To be a true top dog it takes a lot of commitment. Practice is a focal point in your life. Training is always ongoing. A hundred arrows per week won’t cut it. Practicing on the weekends won’t work. Do the work and win. Then, the manufactures will come looking for you.
In 3D where you only have 20 to 30 targets you can get through the shots with minimal practice. But, with all the variance in targets getting through them is the best to hope for. Getting great at 3D means knowing the variance in target view at all the potential distance you will see for that target. It takes a lot of time and thousands of arrows to become excellent at finding those 12(ASA) or 11 (IBO) circles with an arrow.
If you are practicing a little bit for a few months out of the year you are not really ready for some 3D and you should plan on digging around for that lost arrow on the range at your next event. Still, it is fun to be out with your friends. Heck, consider golf. You can put in the same amount of effort only with golf you can drink beer with your buddies while you play.