Who knew hitting a target could be so difficult? I have only had archery practice once, but I thought that it is important to start actually aiming at something for safety purposes. Before I practiced hitting a target, I checked out a few things on the internet first.
Recently, Whitney Czerwonka commented on my blog and recommended I check out Feedly for archery blogs. I did so, and found some relevant blogs to my learning experience, including Archery Talk and Archery 360. I discovered an interesting article that highlights 3 mistakes archers make. I need to remember to stay put, anchor myself, and breathe deeply!
Next, I checked out youtube for videos on archery accuracy and I found Sean from outdoor adventures. This is what he taught me:
- keep muscles in the palm relaxed and have a relaxed grip
- make sure bow poundage is not too high at full draw
- don’t tense the shoulder, neck and back muscles
- look right at the target and find anchor point
- don’t move your head around and be consistent
- all information was new and valuable to my learning
- Sean talks quick and to the point, and shows real life demonstrations
- I would have liked to see him shoot at the target
Check out my target shooting. I felt a lot more comfortable shooting the bow this time. My aim is shooting to the left for some reason, so I will need to learn why. On the other hand, it is good that all of my arrows are hitting the same place as this shows I am not moving my head and I’m being consistent.
Have you ever struggled learning a new sport or skill? What was the most challenging part to overcome?