Last update’s lesson consisted on focusing and the same theme was continued the last couple of weeks. I have been struggling with switching between my target scope and the pin sight I use for 3D, and shooting with pins has suffered (see Archery and the Mental Game for details.) The last few days I have spent mostly shooting the 3D bow and attempting to bring my aiming with it back into line, with some pretty good success.
Today’s target started off very roughly with the practice shots far from good and a 9 thrown in the first scoring end. After that things settled down and I didn’t shoot another 9! Only one point off of hitting 300. A 299 is nothing to smirk at and I am quite happy with it, though I am disappointed in my ability to get those first shots in.
Even though the score looks good, my X count is still far from where I would like it to be. This round was looking good and tight for arrows one and two, but arrow three was significantly worse with only a few arrows finding the X and many on the outskirts of the ten ring.
I believe the issue is that whenever I put together a couple of good shots, I take it for granted that the third shot will be good as well. Often when either shot one or two isn’t perfect, I work that much harder to make three better. Both of these cases show a lack of keeping my mental game together and this issue is going to need some significant attention over the next few weeks. The ideal mentality should be that every shot by itself must be perfect and any shots before should have no bearing on the current shot. My problem is that I tend to rethink a previous shot or be looking ahead to future shots rather than focusing entirely on the current shot.