How do you cope with failure: the missed shot or poor score?

missed target

Effects of missing a target

I’m curious to know how other archers cope with this. We all have bad days and poor shots, but how do you cope or overcome this so it doesn’t affect your next shot or even your entire day?
I suffer from this really badly.
If I blank a target, i.e. don’t get a scoring arrow out of the 3 arrows attempts allowed I get really down. This affects my shooting. I become less fluid in my movements, more tense in my draw; start second guessing distances and angles. I start fiddling with my coat or arm brace etc. I get frustrated with myself as I keep saying to myself it over, move on but this doesn’t always work.

I don’t think it helps that I tend to have a memory that remembers things like shots that I’ve taken.  I tend to approach targets and think “I shot something like this distance before and aimed here, but missed so need to be a little higher or to the left” etc.  Since I don’t gap shoot or use sights, my image maps and target distances are all based on previous shooting experience.

I’m talking from a keen archer who, in the past has won a couple of local shoots, but  is never going to be world class like those in the Olympics, but there must be techniques for overcoming such mind sets. Olympic archers or bow hunters must have methods of putting the shot behind them and moving on.

So how do other archers cope?
How do you overcome self induced stress and frustration?
I would be really interested in hearing from others on this.
Thanks for reading.

Olympic torch leaves Leicester

Olympic Torch bearer in Leicester

Olympic Torch bearer in Leicester

I’m not an Olympian and not likely to be, I haven’t bought tickets to see any of the events but don’t take it wrong and think I’m not supportive of the games or the competitors.

These individuals will have spent years developing their fitness levels and skills to compete at a truly global level, so they deserve our respect and support. Whether they be able bodied or competing in the Paralympics they are still Olympians. They may not all come home with the gold, silver or bronze medals, but they will always be special.

So what bought these comments?

Well this morning Sharon and I got up just after 5:30 am, so we could get down the National Space Centre in Leicester to see the Olympic flame as it makes its way across the country to finally rest in London in a few weeks. It had arrived in Leicester last night and was due to leave a little after 7 am. Despite it being a damp, grey morning and not the glorious sunshine the torch bearers  deserve, hundreds of people of all ages, race and backgrounds,  lined the pavements  and streets to cheer on the torch bearers as they made their way through Leicester and out towards Loughborough.

Kevin Davies-torch bearer

Kevin Davies – first torch bearer in Leicester

Congratulations to all that have had the honour of carrying the torch and good luck to all the Olympians for 2012  games and future ones. Lets hope it inspires people

Thanks for reading