Tracking Progress in Archery Training

By Mark V. Lonsdale

There are many tools for tracking progress in training, not the least of which is competition scores at the club, state , or national levels. But one simple, useful tool in day-to-day training is averaging.

Rather than simply recording a possible out of 300, 600, or 900, the archer totals up the score for each arrow shot in a training session. For example, if the archer shoots 60 arrows with a possible score of 600 and scores 420, his or her average arrow value is a 7 (420 divided by 60 arrows). The goal over time is to improve that average.

In this example of just six arrows, counting X as 10, the archer has shot 1 x 10, 3 x 9, 1 x 8, and 1 x 7 for a score of 52 out of a possible 60. So the average arrow value is 8.6 (52 divided by 6 arrows). This gives the archer one more metric to track progress.

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Author: Mark V

Dedicated shooter, seeker, traveler, teacher, trainer, educator

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