Meridian Star


April 4, 2014

Archery Addicts Anonymous – Lesson 015

Archery 101: the basics — Shooting the bow, or shooting a target

MERIDIAN —     When learning to shoot a bow we should do everything we can to avoid shooting a target. We should learn to shoot a bow consistently with both eyes closed (blind/blank baling) before thinking about shooting a target (Review lesson 6). Shooting a target should be the last thing we learn.

    Everyone (especially beginners) wants to shoot the target first and worry about the details later. Later when everything we didn’t learn starts falling apart, we get so frustrated we just want to throw the bow as far as we can and go buy a new one.

    Bernie and Jan Pelerite of Robin Hood Productions have developed an exercise called “THE MISSING LINK” which helps even accomplished shooters and pro-archers avoid two major pitfalls, target panic and punching the trigger,

    Assuming we have absolute perfect shooting form and shot sequence with our eyes closed and we think we are ready to begin shooting a target, think again! If we abruptly move from blind/blank baling to twenty yards and start shooting a target, most wannabe archers will lose their shot sequence, start punching the trigger and develop a full blown case of target panic. It is a recipe for disaster!

    What is the MISSING LINK? The very first sight a beginner needs is the cheapest used sight that money can buy. It must have a round scope. Remove all the pins so that you don’t have to ignore the pins. The sight scope should be adjusted to make it impossible to hit the bull’s-eye while still hitting the blank target bale.

    The first object is to line up the three circles: the peep, the scope, and the target circle and shoot without aiming with both eyes open. The second object is to never hit the target. Aim at the same place (without aiming) and miss at the same place. How do we aim without aiming? Focus on the target! If the bow and the shooter are in perfect form, the target is all that should be seen.

    However, hitting the target should be the farthest thing from our mind. If we keep hitting the target, we will waste time making new targets.

    The first target should be a nine inch circle (pie plate). The first five to seven days, shoot one arrow 30 times each day from five yards. Next, move back two yards and reduce the circle to eight inches. Repeat the process every five to seven days until the target circle is one inch in diameter and the target is at twenty yards. The MISSING LINK exercise should last seven to nine weeks.

    Address questions to: Cell # 601-604-0913

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