Consistency & Concentration in Archery

By Mark V. Lonsdale, Instructor/Coach

To keep this brief, consistency requires concentration and concentration is a significant component of consistency.

As with all precision shooting sports, archery requires total concentration to stay in the gold and to shoot 10s and Xs. But consistency in archery also requires a calm, relaxed shot process. So after one has developed a solid, repeatable technique it is then necessary to develop the mental toughness required to stay focused and relaxed on the line.

Barebow practice at 20 yards in preparation for the 2021 Vegas Shoot. The trick is not just hitting 10s, but hitting 9s and 10s ten times in a row (300) for three straight days to make the finals. Bow is a Hoyt Xceed with Velos limbs. Arrows are Easton RX7-23s
Score = 29 thanks to the line cut of the Easton RX7-23s

Unlike the unlimited open compound divisions and Olympic recurve where 10s and Xs are routine and scores of 300 not uncommon, for the Barebow division, a 9 average of 270/300 or 108/120 in the shoot-off may well win the day.

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Author: Mark V

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

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