Re: [SCA-Archery] Shooting at 30 and 40 yards on a twenty yard field
i agree that working on ones technique is paramount to good scores.
However I have found that techniques or lack thereof that work at 20 yards
do not at 40. That is to say a "small" mistake in my release is forgiven at
20 yards but when stretched put to 40 yards becomes very apparent. I have
actually found practicing at 40 to be more beneficial to my scores. It
forces me to try harder to "do it right". I do not necessarily recommend
this to newer archers as this can be most frustrating. Once you get to the
point where you are shooting reasonable good groups at 20 then move to 40.
Just my thoughts on the matter.
Don Sebastian Frobishire
----- Original Message -----
From: John Rockwell <ian_griffen_archer@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2001 7:08 PM
Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Shooting at 30 and 40 yards on a twenty yard
> Kind Gentles
> Wouldn't it be better to stand at the 20 yard mark and work on your form?
If you were to look at the top shooters in the different forms ie:
Traditional, compound, Olympic. Look at their form, as we all know with out
good form our shooting ability will be lacking. The instistive style that
Howard Hill and others used was practiced until they achieved the level of
success they desired.
> Ian Griffen
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- I think it is time to set the records straight here.
First and foremost let me say that at no time has 'the individual in
question' applied to become a Warranted Archery Marshal in Artemisia. I
have asked him about this numerous times, even asking him to consider the
position of Deputy Archer General for Southern Artemisia, but the
response has always been to the tune of "I could not possibly do that."
I have a long list of the better part of 100 e-mails that I have
received in the past two months criticizing the way I run archery in
Artemisia, and how I have been very unfair in working with the demands of
a single archer. Archery is a babe in the woods in Artemisia, where I
started Kingdom archery with nothing but an appointment by His Majesty at
Crown Tournament in October of 1998. Since then I have created an
Archery Handbook, put together a corps of trustworthy, stable Marshals,
and encouraged archers to shoot for score and become involved. Based on
the populace of Artemisia, this has met with solid success. Over one
fourth of the populace of the Kingdom has tried at least once their hand
at a bow or crossbow. Last year, Artemisia's first entry into the IKAC
with crossbowmen did well, especially considering that the most
experienced of the crossbowmen in Artemisia have been shooting crossbow
for less than 4 years. Most archers in Artemisia have had little to no
experience with medieval archery before coming to me wishing to learn
more. Some of my best examples are people who have been shooting for
slightly over a year, one with crossbow and one with recurve, and they
have gone from learning the basics to putting out some impressive scores,
with even more impressive aims for period re-creation.
I don't brag about scores in Artemisia. In truth, I do not personally
weigh heavily into IKAC and Royal Round scores because both shoots are
not period. I understand their need in the Society as a way to equally
test the skill of archers from Oertha to Drachenwald, and their service
to recognize archers for their ability. The difficulty is in how to
score the bow handmade from a stave of "witch" elm, or the archer who
acquires a 100+ pound longbow because it is an authentic weight? They
pursue these items because they strive to recreate the archer of
centuries past, not to shoot a great score.
If this gentle has something to offer archery in the SCA besides his
ability to say his piece and boast his ability to shoot well in practice,
then let it come forth. Otherwise, let our talk turn to more
constructive topics on this list of SCA-Archery; not Olympic shoots, not
Las Vegas scoring.
Ld. K. Braden von Sobernheim
- Archer General of Artemisia
MoAS of Arn Hold, Baroness' Champion
Protector of the Gryphon's Arrows for TRMs Konrad and Kortland