Getting back into the groove.
I've done a lot of shooting for fun, but last night, after reading the thread about the indoor world championship, I decided to set a goal and participate in next years Las Vegas tournament. Problem is, now that I have that in my head, my grouping went haywire. Self-preservation says it was wet fletching because it was rain/snowing out today, but realistic answer probably is the pressure and excitement I just added to my shooting.
Any advice how to deal with this or how to get out of this funk? I'm shooting a wooden recurve from 20 yards at a paper target.
Any advice on making it to the tournament would be helpful too. i.e. release technique, qualifying, mental preparedness.
One more thing, how can I tell I have proper form without someone telling me?
Getting back into the groove.
Finger experiementing is okay, but you need direction or difinition of... Being a bunch of things out to try, settling on one for Indoor, as you've indicated, is paramount.
I no longer shoot a recurve, but as a kid I sure flung some arrows. And the archery,gun shop was about a block from school - yep, lunch time and waiting for the bus there I'd be. We didn't have laws about distance of gun stores from schools back then.
I used the standard three finger split, one above, two under. Aiming was alot instinctive, but then Index, middle and ring finger in the corner of the mouth gave other options of impact. Not done, then there is center of the chin. Oh yes, more options with using index, middle and ring finger.
Of course, all of the above can be carried over to those shooting instinctive with a compound bow. And I did such about a year or so ago. I had this pretty little Pearson Target bow of old (custom order). I was shooting it indoors at 3D targets at the shop and here comes this older feller. The bow was of ease to draw (37 pounds max) and I was putting the hammer on 3D targets left and right. I was then using the front center of my chin, which this person never saw before. I gave him a crash course of my procedure and he fell in love with my bow...right to the point he bought it. That bow was a great toy and I should have never sold it.
Another method I really liked was drawing with 3 fingers and dropping off the ring finger upon anchoring. I was quite accurate out to about 40 yards. Back then I never got into NFAA Outdoor or Field shooting, but believe I could have held my own.
Vegas is a event all of it's own. So I doubt NFAA Traditional rules apply. I don't know what the rules are now for NFAA, but there were almost knock down, drag out fights over how many fingers and placement of. One of our club members went to a meeting and according to him the meeting drug out almost two hours over arguing about this.
Canting the bow is still used today, just people acquire the same cant time and after time. I have a friend how looks like he's going to fall over when shooting! To me it's part feel and part visual.
Of the few times I got out my old Target Shakespheres (66 and 72") I aligned the string and arrow, sort of looking straight ahead. And I believe this is used a bunch today. Least wise what pictures I've seen of Vic Wunderle and of Korean shooters.