First off….HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!As we head into mid May we find few changes heading into 2nd week of May to the leader board!
So 16.2 Aim Small Miss Small is proving difficult to shoot. Especially on live feed. Personally I think Live feed is a game changer and it’s possibly as close to real live pressure on taking a deer as anything.
2016 Leader Board is as follows:
1. Team BowTech 723 points
2. Team Athens 710.5 points
3. Team Mathews 364 points
4. Team Elite 305 points
5. Team APA 277 points
6. Team PSE 263 points
7. Team Hoyt 240 points
8. Team Obsession 179.5points
9. Team Bowtech#2 125 points
10. Team Bear 115 points
11. Team HCA 100 points
12. Team Collective
This week we anticipate a few ASMS challenge completions and possibly the announcement of a new bonus challenge. Finite details are being considered at this time!
Team Elite, Athens, and Bear all added a shooter to their roster and points are piling up for many teams for 3D tournaments!
Keep up the great work everyone, practice that ASMS shooting challenge and stay hungry!
I’m very proud of all of you!
I started shooting a bow at a young age. I’m not sure I remember the first time. Dad had a black longbow for us to shoot early on. The first lessons were just to get the bow pulled back all the way and get the arrow to hit the target. When we were older and strong enough, we graduated to an old Bear recurve. And if we were serious enough, we could save up for a compound. I shot quite a bit as a teenager. After several years off, and after I graduated college, my husband Doug and I started shooting competitively. Picking up a bow after all those years was like riding a bike. And then just recently, after probably 15 years away, I picked up the bow yet again. Love of archery is like one of those dormant viruses that creeps up every now and then. Except instead of making you feel like lying in bed all day, it makes you want to get outside with a bow in your hand! Looking back, I can see I’ve learned many valuable life lessons from archery.
The first was to take instruction patiently. Sometimes it seemed Dad would say the same thing for each shot, and yet I couldn’t execute. I could choose either to keep trying to do what he was saying, or to decide he didn’t know what he was talking about. I wasn’t always willing to take instruction and guidance from my Dad. But when it came to archery, the evidence was all around what a great teacher he was. Dad was a really good shot. But he was even better at teaching others, setting up bows, critiquing form and follow through. Most of the people he taught ended up beating him by a few points. No skin off his back. He was glad to see them develop the passion for the sport. But in order to learn, it was critical to realize that his perspective was different than mine. He could see things I couldn’t see or feel.
I also learned that consistent practice is key to success. Archery can be a very frustrating sport. Even little changes can send your arrows all over the target, or off of it completely. I learned to push through those frustrating times when I wasn’t shooting consistently. Those times often came and went, with the frustration peaking when I felt like I was doing the same thing each time, but seeing arrows all over the target. Sometimes it seemed to be equipment related, but usually it was human error. Often brain error. The key is to not take those times so seriously. Just keep going. Hours and hours of practice pay off.
Anyone who shoots a bow seriously knows that every little thing matters. Slight adjustments to the sight. The alignment of the rest. The fletching of the arrows. Where your hand anchors. The position of your bow hand. Breathing. The follow through after you release. It all matters. A lot. Making corrections to shoot better may not mean big adjustments. It may be just one little thing. And then once you have some consistency and success, you have to remember what that felt like. It’s called muscle memory. Doing the same thing over and over, arrow after arrow. Hit that same position over and over. Same muscle tension and position. It’s what allows someone who’s been away to pick up the bow and shoot a nice group right off the bat. And then when another round is not so good, we go back to those slight adjustments, and experience tells us it’s probably a minor tweak that’s needed.
Finally, archery teaches you the value of focus and concentration. In high pressure situations, in competition, in stressful and challenging times, it’s hard to stay focused. We tend to question everything, get all bugged out, mentally distracted. You’ll never be able to get those little adjustments made until you get your thoughts corrected first. You have to know that you have good coaches, have good equipment, have learned the fundamentals, and can do what you’ve practiced over and over again. It’s kind of funny, that concentration and focus isn’t on any one thing in particular. You can’t possibly think about all those little details for every shot. You just focus on concentrating. Concentrate on focusing. One or the other. Or both.
Funny thing – those lessons carry into other sports and situations, and into life in general. If you aren’t teachable or coachable, if you refuse to take instruction, how will you ever learn anything? We aren’t willing to learn if we think we’ve got all the answers. If you want to get to be good at anything, you need to practice it. To develop any craft, any skill, any sport, practice makes perfect. Well, practice makes better. Any coach will tell you he’d rather the kid with mediocre talent who’s willing to practice hard than the head case who thinks practice is a waste of his time. The details in life matter. If what you are doing has value, you need to take care of the small stuff. And you have to keep your head in the game. Archery taught me all of this, and I sure use these lessons more often than not.
Author: Marci Howell
“Shoot straight or shoot often” ~R.L.McDonough
Grass Hollow Archery has been founded under the love and passion of the sport of archery that was passed down to myself and the many that my father introduced to the sport on his few years on this earth. At a very young age I was exposed to archery because my Dad ran an archery shop out of a small trailer as a kid. It’s amazing the things you learn when you just , grow up around it. Well as one of the only archery professionals in the area he quickly became the go to resource for would be archers in the Southern Schuylkill County area. Mac’s archery and my fathers willingness to set up new archers and teach them everything he knew about slinging arrows quickly spread amongst the community.
At GHA we are also focused on teaching new archers of any age the sport of archery and the foundational skill level to become a successful bowhunter. As we move forward with our endeavor we hope to establish an Junior Olympic Archery Development program and youth bowhunting mentor program.
Feel free to contact us today by clicking HERE and let us help you discover your archery talent today!
When: Every Sunday 4:30pm and 5:45pm and Wednesdays 5:30pm and 6:45pm
Location: 1022 Chestnut St in Orwigsburg.
New Youth Program participants are required to complete a minimum of three private lessons prior to participating in the regular Wednesday and Sunday classes. Click here to contact us about setting up a private lesson.
Archery Lesson Details are as follows.
When: Every Sunday 4:30pm and 5:45pm; Wednesdays 5:30pm and 6:45pm.
Location: 1022 Chestnut Street in Orwigsburg.
$35 Individual one on one lesson with me scheduled at your convenience. *Available upon request. Includes: private lesson, video analyzation, bow tuning, and equipment maintenance. Minimum of three lessons required before attending normal group classes.
$70 per month paid in advance first class of each month and includes all class sessions for that month.