Session 9

Little bit late writing this up, but it’s been a busy week. 

Terrible session, really. Stuck to 30 yards target the whole time. Had a couple of good ends, but mostly the evening was a disaster. No two shots were the same. Endless arrows sailed past the boss. Smashed an arrow on the boss’s feet. 

I also had an aching bow arm elbow, possibly from pulling so many deeply embedded field tips out of the boss.
It would be nice to offer some redeeming element or lesson taken away, but there is none. It was a dispiriting session. And the field shoot I was meant to go on the day after? I had to cancel. And I missed another session because it was just too damn hot and after a day at work in the heat I’d had enough.

I also think I’m going to have to reduce how many session I attend. The initial impetus has been exciting but as real life gets in the way, there’s other priorities that can’t be left ignored.

Hopefully the next post will be a bit more positive!

3 thoughts on “Session 9

  1. Re “Terrible session, really.” Try not to judge your sessions. Some will be better, others worse. If during a session you find nothing is going well, and nothing you seem to try makes that change … quit! Do not, I repeat: do not, practice poorly! Only practice doing things correctly. That is the only practice that “makes perfect.”

    Ask any seasoned archer “Have you ever had practice sessions that sucked?” and they will say “Sure, of course.” It happens to one and all.

    Suggestions: if you are missing the target, shoot at a closer one. If you are not grouping well, try to clear your mind. Often we have thoughts buzzing around from work or school that interfere with shot making. Pay attention to your mental buzz. Simply focus on the spot you want to hit, and shoot. Repeat. If nothing is working, go home, you are not getting better at this practice session, you are getting worse. (And if anyone gives you some “quitters never win” bull stuff, archery is not an effort sport, it requires relaxation and focus under the tension of a drawn bow. “Trying harder” is a recipe for disaster.)

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      1. De nada. Archery newbies need as much help as they can get, but the sources, unfortunately to few and far between. (I was an archer for almost six years before I found out there was such a thing as an archery coach!)

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