In the real world of bow hunting and 3-D archery, the first shot is the only shot that counts. So how do we prepare mentally and physically for that single shot of a lifetime? We prepare following the three-shot regimen.
The first shot of the three-shot regimen is blind/blank baling times ten (or more). Always warm-up practicing shot sequence, back tension, basic form, etc. with both eyes closed. Never shoot a target to warm-up. Every archery addict should know how to blind/blank bale in their sleep.
The second shot in the three-shot regimen is one aimed shot at twenty yards and it is the only shot that counts. Using a dedicated pie plate (the smaller the better), shoot only one arrow daily at twenty yards. There should be 365 arrow holes in the single pie plate every year for the rest of this lifetime. Better yet, there should only be one hole with 365 arrows marking the single hole. One arrow a day and no more! One arrow is the only arrow that counts; and always use the same arrow! And never, never, never use the one shot arrow for any thing else. It might be better, however, to use a new pie plate every month and compare.
The third shot (shooting three arrows, ten times or more) in the three-shot regimen does not count but may be scored daily and a weekly or monthly log kept to compare progress as the aspiring archer learns to compete with himself. The only person a real archer must compete with is him/her-self.
So when that day comes, blind/blank bale and shoot the one arrow that counts; and go fishing.
The third shot (times 30 or more) in the three-shot regimen should progress from twenty to forty yards minimum. Some of our dedicated archery addicts practice shooting a half dollar size target at one hundred yards.
The pie plate target face (shot at forty yards with the twenty yard pin), unlike the dedicated one shot a day target, should never have a single arrow hole in it. If it has any holes in it at forty yards, move back to fifty yards, etc. Aim at the same place and miss at the same place!
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Editor's Note: We are grateful to Terry Rivers for providing 21 instructional columns about the intricacies of archery for the Meridian Star Outdoors page.