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    • Ralph
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      Aim whilst drawing, touch anchor, shoot…..Aim whilst drawing, pause after reaching anchor, shoot….draw, anchor, aim, release….

      Just for grins, what’s yours, what’s “proper”… If your arrow goes where you plan, so what>>>>>>

      Gotta do something while it’s hot and smokey out. At least we haven’t been dry but I think the dry is fixing to start….

       

    • Stephen Graf
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      Draw, shoot, miss, aim, curse, kick the dirt, walk away… or something like that 😜

    • richard roop
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      What is this ‘aim’ of which you speak ???

      Seriously,  on the practice range I begin ‘aiming’ before I even take an arrow out of my quiver.  Starts with proper body position…….. feet / stance, knees, hips, & shoulders.  A moment is taken to think on the last shot where improvement was needed and to visualize the next shot sequence.  (Think Vic Leach, old time tournament shooting ace) Aiming starts with concentration on the spot as I do the swing draw thru to anchor.  A sense of muscle tension is arms to lats to back; push & pull thru the release.  The actual aiming is, to me, simple. I’m left eye dominate / right hand shooter. My left eye ‘sees’ the angle of the arrow shaft up and down and my right eye ‘sees’  the  arrow shaft straight to the spot plus the gap. Split Vision stuff to the max.  While it looks like I’m holding at anchor, I’m actually continuing to draw, just much slower.  Prevents the dreaded collapse & peeking. A level or depth of concentration triggers the shot.

      Clear as mud, I know but it works for me.

    • aeronut
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      Other than concentrating on a spot I don’t even think of drawing and shooting.

    • Ralph
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      I just put this out to be ornery and wake the site up a little.

      I’m a firm believer if what you’re doing works, the arrow is where you planned to put it, that’s the form for you. No mass what he, she, them (them is who???) have to say about it.

      My errors are nearly always lack of concentrating on the target and thinking instead of something else like anchor, draw, release, what’s for supper, things like that. Out in the field…what if I miss, can I find my arrow? Is someone going to think poorly of me cause I missed?

      Best course on the latter for me….”What they think of me is their problem”  and have fun.. Life doesn’t always have to be serious. After all sometimes a good miss can be quite entertaining!!! Better miss if the arrow is far enough back of the targets you can’t hear the snickers.. Also a little time to yourself..

      All be careful and safe out there…

      R2

    • richard roop
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      I NEVER snicker at somebody back behind the bales. Usually just hold up one of my own arrows and holler “While you’re back there, could you keep an eye out for one that looks like one of these ??” If nothing else, it makes the newbies feel less self-conscious about missing.

       

    • aeronut
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      Years ago I helped a friend teach kids rifle and shotgun.  He was all about form.  At the time I was shooting trap competitively and took a lot of pictures of people’s shooting form and set up a slide show during one of the class sessions.  There were seldom any shooters who had the ‘proper’ form that Richard was trying to teach the kids.  I told them ‘your form for shooting and hitting your target is the proper form for you”.

      I have taken that through the years with archery and watch how others shoot their bows.  All are pretty similar but not exactly the same.  I point out a stance to the kids at OJAM that will give them full draw and tell them to start there and over time they will develop their own shooting style.

      And yeah, I’ve waded into the weeds to retrieve a lot of arrows.  If you don’t want to hears snickering take your hearing aids out.  That cuts down a lot of it.  🙂

    • Raymond Coffman
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      Most of the time if i’am shooting well — I don’t think about it at all,  just concentrate on the spot.

      If I start to do poorly, I analyze, figure out what I am doing wrong and work on the problem. Most of the time for me it’s the release…..

      Scout aka Ray

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