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.
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.