Archery…

more than men in tights…

I rec’d two emails this morning

quiver

To tell me that I have spaces on the line at both the Harlequin Diana and the Yateley Windsor….now all it needs is a working car to get me there.

One thing at a time.

Oh..and practice.

Practice might help….but first car….

I'm torn

I own a Hoyt compound. I would like to shoot it. All I need to do is get it set up for me, draw length, peep sight, centreshot etc. I want to shoot it, to face the challenge.

But it will be a distraction, both in time and finances (though less of the latter) from shooting my recurve. I want to get good with this, and the coaching of yesterday has put me on the right road.

I bought it to be an outlet for those times when I needed a break, but I now know I can’t do that. I can shoot one style or another, but not both; well not with any degree of aptitude. At least not yet.

I know that I must stop chasing points with my wallet and start chasing it with practice, proper practice where I apply myself mentally as well as physically. I don’t have enough shooting time to devote to my recurve, without the lure of the compound, flat bow & horse bow..

So.

Do I keep it? Do I sell it? Am I mistaken?

An exercise in futility

I shot again last night.

It was another night of high expectations and poor results. Rather than shoot at a target face, I made the decision to take a used face, fold it in four and shoot at the white side. I marked a largish cross and used that as an aiming point. Rarely did I trouble the cross, high, low, left, right and all combinations thereof were shot. Occasionally there were some that went in the middle, there were even occasions where there was a group. More often than not however there was a horizontal line of arrows.

I still haven’t cracked this damned clicker. And now there are people from two clubs who laugh at my attempts to shoot.

I need to find somewhere I can practice without having to release while standing up straight.

I am still getting a twinge in my shoulder from shooting. I don’t know if it’s the weight of the bow or because I lock everything up when aiming.

I can see what’s going/gone wrong on many of my shots, particularly those that fly *very* left of aim point. I am trying to get my arrow point through the clicker by pushing my left arm further forwards – and then round so I am torquing the bow towards the left. Perhaps those going right are me torquing the bow to the right to compensate? The up down thing is probably me drawing through the clicker and instead of releasing immediately creeping or over-drawing – still!.

I need to get this right. I need more practice, actually I need better practice than I am getting. I am not concentrating fully on the task at hand, I know this, there is too much other shit going on in my life at the moment. I am trying to use archery to escape from it and failing, and in the process not helping my archery one bit. I do not want to take another break from this, but is it inevitable, at least ’til I can devote all my concentration to it?