Getting back into the groove.
Well, blank baling practice is to perfect form throughout. For a recurve I'd think perfection of form would have your arrows impacting at the same point. I don't care where they would impact, just that they impact in the same spot. Then adjusting whatever to have the arrows impact in the bull's eye comes after.
Competition is what you make it. Set a goal off of one group. Group so big, try to tighten it. It's a calm and collected mental aspect. Do everything the same way each and every time. If the "shot" isn't "there," you let down and start over.
Of the above shot placement after you acquire form perfection...or consistency may be a better word...
Seems no two people can shoot the same bow and get the same results for arrow placement. I made a trade a couple years back, my 06 ProElite even up for a 2 month old Martin Shadowcat. The person shot my bow and I shot his before we made the trade. On the 20 yard indoor practice range he slapped two arrows together. I then shot two arrows and busted the nock of the first arrow. Neither of us were on target. We knew what was going on and the trade took place. At this 3D last year DH wanted to try my Pearson MarXman and the target was 30 yards or so. His first shot was low and a good 10 inches right. He then figure point of impact and where he needed to aim, right at the 14 ring of the ASA target. He drilled the 10 ring easily and did it twice.
How to aim a traditional bow
In the above quoted post you touched on one of the methods of finding an aiming point with a sightless bow. By shooting three fingers under, you bring the arrow up closer to your eye. Which will give a mid range "point on", that is where the point of your arrow in on the target. With my ole Pearson 'Cougar' ( 51#s @ my 30" draw ) shooting split fingers, my point on is 45 yds with the arrows I shoot, same arrows, 3 fingers under, its 30 yds. You can fine tune this method by moving your finger down the string, but you need a constant way of gauging how far down you're holding, with a tab, place 3 fingers under, then hold your thumbnail at the split in the tab, and move down to where your thumbnail is. This is called string walking, you can divide the top section of the tab in half or quartes, gaining differnt aiming points, by moving down the string using those divisions. Using the above string walking and a combitnation of differnt anchors,( forefinger, corner of mouth, middle finger, corner of mouth, under chin) you can move your point of aim out to further distances. It take some expermenting and practice, but can be very accurate. :)
Originally Posted by nshepro