... Well said, James! My own experience is that shooting a crossbow is a multi-step operation, and looking for ways to drill each step (and maybe come up withMessage 1 of 3 , Jun 9, 2002View SourceAt 08:28 PM 6/9/2002 +0000, SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com wrote:
>The way I like to teach speed(for crossbows) is to get off as many asWell said, James!
>possible to get the rythem(sp) down. Kind of like juggeling(sp). Then as
>the rough spots smooth out with practice and your score will reach new
My own experience is that shooting a crossbow is a multi-step operation,
and looking for ways to drill each step (and maybe come up with different
ways to do some steps) speeds things up without loosing accuracy. Most of
the time spent with period bows in timed ends is in the loading, and the
aiming takes a small amount of time. So hastening the aiming will drop
one's accuracy significantly without much of a gain in speed.
If I'd have to break down the operation of my bow, it would probably be in
(just shot previous bolt, left foot forward, both hands on bow, butt-end on
1.set nut with left thumb, turn bow around and down with right hand, bring
left foot back
2.kneel with left leg, place stirrup under right foot, attach hook to sting
with left hand
3.rise up to span bow, right hand holds bow down and guards trigger
4.free hook from string with left hand, raise right toes to free stirrup
5. right hand swings bow upright, left foot moves forward, left hand
cradles bow under nut
6. let go of bow with right hand and get a bolt
7. put the bolt on the stock
8. right hand slides along stock back into anchor point, left thumb hooks
bolt onto stock
9. when the bow has the proper anchor/sight picture, bring the bow down
with the left hand until it's on target
This method is modified from the original on that I used from Gaston
Phoebus's book, where the archers span with only one leg on the ground and
hold a bolt with their teeth. I'm not at all convinced that my "launch
sequence" is optimized. I've considered reaching for my bolts with my left
hand, using a ground quiver instead of a hip quiver, etc. I've tried
shooting off the other shoulder or spanning differently so that my feet
Any one else have a better way? -Don Lyev, AEthelmearc
... Another anecdote in support of the idea that there s something to be learned from filling your quiver and emptying it as quickly and accurately asMessage 1 of 3 , Jun 9, 2002View Source
> At 08:28 PM 6/9/2002 +0000, SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com wrote:Another anecdote in support of the idea that there's something to be learned from filling your quiver and emptying it as quickly and accurately as possible:
> >The way I like to teach speed(for crossbows) is to get off as many as
> >possible to get the rythem(sp) down.
As a longbowman I once challenged Colin Ursell to a "ten shoot" (because I had only ten functioning arrows at that moment and he had more). The idea was to shoot until one or the other of us had shot their tenth arrow and called "hold!", then count score. Speed was important, but accuracy was vital, I took my time (relatively speaking) and we shot for probably 50 seconds, longer than Colin had ever shot before. Afterward he said that in doing that he had had time to find a rhythm that had eluded him in the 30-second shoots. I learned that if I slowed down just a little, I could improve my score by shooting 7 or 8 well placed arrows instead of 9 or 10 wilder arrows in 30 seconds.
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of other affairs; but I will attend you awhile.
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In a philosophical manner, learning to shoot the bow is about improving one s self. It requires dedication to achieving focus, strength and confidence. PartMessage 1 of 3 , Jun 10, 2002View SourceIn a philosophical manner, learning to shoot the bow is about improving one's
self. It requires dedication to achieving focus, strength and confidence.
Part of that formula is pinch of patience and understanding that you aren't
going to be a perfect archer the first time you shoot, or even 10 years later.
Knowing this, one should be patient knowing that "I am slowly correcting my
mistakes." It is not so much as being able to hit the gold each time, but just
feeling confident with your shot toward that circle thing.
The biggest problem I have noticed for new archers is the lack of confidence.
They are eager, but they think so much about technique, they stop thinking
about shooting. So, I encourage them to simply aim for that big round thing
and don't worry about the gold center, smile and enjoy themselves.
At yesterday's practice, a local knight's 8-yr old daughter wanted to try out
archery. We did not have a bow of appropriate weight (an old 35-lb
fiberglass), but she managed to loose off a bunch of arrows and had so much fun
that she didn't want to leave. She got bored very quickly with trying to hit
the "circle thing" and started aiming for my parent's fence line 60 yard away.
Her father will be ordering appropriate equipment for her this week. *grin*
One convert down, many to go.
Have a nice day and God bless.
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