RE: [SCA-Archery] Re: Target Panic NYTimes article.
- I have found that when I really wanted to practice speed shooting the idea
of a rhythm really helped me. Playing a favorite piece of music helps get
you into that rhythm and can do surprising things for you. I went from 4
crossbow arrows in 30 seconds to 6, occasionally 7, in this manner. Your
song can be anything from a Symphony with a strong cadence to John Phillip
Sousa to Smoke on the Water to some crazy rap, so long as it it something
pleasant to your ears.
From: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of arturdubh
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 10:51 PM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Re: Target Panic NYTimes article.
James, and all others who might find some benefit;
We can be our own worst critics, eh?
Although it has been some time (more than a 1 1/2 years! goodness,
has it really been so long?) since I have participated in any SCA
archery competitions, I do remember how I "cured" my own "target
panic" during Speed Rounds. Seems I couldn't send my arrows to the
same area of the target, let alone get them to group decently, and
rarely got off more than six arrows. When I had to stop archery (due
to a broken bow - this May, in fact - which still hasn't been
replaced), I was up to eight arrows (it's been so long, I don't know
if I can still do it).
All I did was concentrate on shooting in a ***rhythm***, as in a
Cadence Shoot; speed is secondary to keeping a steady rhythm. As you
gain skill/accuracy (and confidence), you can increase the speed of
your shooting -- but always keep the rhythm. Number One "rule" in the
speed rounds: Do Not Rush Your Shots.
Plus, it helps if you can just stop obsessing over the "score". I
know, it's hard... Just relax, and enjoy the shoot.
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