- Aiming or rather, how do you aim whether you are a gap shooter or instinctive archer?
- Stance and footing on a field shoot, where you might not be on level ground.
- Coupled with aiming is distance judgement, which can be especially tough on a well set field course, where the course layer has used every trick inthe book to fool you.
- I think the biggest one though has to be drawing down or coming down when you’ve drawn up on a target but feel you have to release, even though you know something is wrong.
- I’m also working on a post about the importance of arrow weights and importance of not shooting too light an arrow.
- Over bowing, being to identify when you are shooting too heavy a draw weight bow.
Nice video by Jim Grizzly Kent about aiming and focus with archery, which is worth viewing.
Some readers might remember I wrote something a while back Aiming for the Fish’s eye
Thanks for reading
It’s always good to have feedback and if I can help I will. The subject matter of the questions posed are ones I think many would find interesting as one concerns the concepts of aiming and the other is on reducing the size of your grouping in the target.
I will try and answer each in turn over the next few weeks. Firstly I will discuss focus and aiming. The question was
“When you place your concentration on a small point at the target or animal, while you are pulling and about to get to your anchor point, do you take your eyes off the target for a second, and look at the aliment of arrow with it ,or simply never see nothing else but the target point…”
There are a couple of things to consider here. One is focus on target with the other being arrow alignment.
This is what is taught to most archers to ensure they are lined up with the target.
I find now that I only do this when using a new bow or one I’m unfamiliar with. The rest of the time it is purely subconscious.
I try to fix my focus on a spot on the target where I want my arrow to hit.
It takes discipline and practice, a lot of practise and I don’t think I have fully mastered the technique yet.
Obviously this method doesn’t work for those archers using scopes or sights as they have to calculate the distance to be able to adjust the sights accordingly.
The mindset of the author and style of writing is one I have found easy to follow and explain to others.
The concept of one arrow shooting I find beneficial for developing focus. Here the author explains how you shoot only one arrow and then retrieve it and shoot again. This helps you focus on the individual shot and your form.
In the next post I will try to answer the question on improving grouping.
Thanks for reading.