To the down fall of most people, they tried to be a pro at the beginning. Recalling the first time I had my new bow in my hand and was ready to shoot, I wanted to stay out there all day long. Believe it or not, I barely did a dozen arrows down range. It was not a matter of being to tiered, actually I felt completely fine, but rather it was a matter of preserving what I had been taught for the day. With hunting season right arround the corner, keep in mind that three arrows at a time is better than over doing it. Here are three thoughts in regards to this mindset to consider…
Time will tell not today – We are sure you have heard the saying “Practice makes perfect…” But, what many fail to acknowledge is that practice time is something that grows. When starting out, take your time. Focus on the fundamentals. Instead of trying to grow into pro status in one practice session, take the time to let your skill mature over many practice sessions.
Quality over Quantity – Take your time with each shot. There should be no rush. As you take your time, you are actually training your body as to what to do to perform when the time is needed. Focus on picking up the arrow, notching the arrow, attaching the release, lifting the bow up, pulling back the bow-string, finding your anchor point, breathing, steadying your hands, and a smooth release. If one was to do this with every single arrow, three arrows will be plenty of practice.
Eyes closed – This may sound strange, but if you have someone there with you, practice pulling back the bow string, anchoring, and getting situated with your eyes closed. By doing this you allow your mind to focus on each and every step. The goal is muscle memory, not speed. Speed will come once muscle memory has been set in place.
Check it out! If you take your time with each arrow, your practice time will improve greatly. Rushing through the steps will not help in the long run. Take your time, and don’t over do it. If you notice that your arrows are going all over the place or starting to drift, stop for the day. This is a tell-tale sign that your body is starting to become tired. When it comes to archery, pushing through bad shots does not help! There must be the muscles to help produce the accurate shot that is wanted. So start with only three arrows per practice session and move your way up.