The past few weeks have been filled with rain, wind, rain, wind, wind and more wind. This has made it difficult to get much quality time shooting, but when possible I have been flinging arrows.
In the past I have written about what I consider to be my biggest weakness in shooting, my own mind, and in particular my ability to concentrate fully. This week’s final target was shot while doing an experiment with this weakness.
First off, I apologize for the lack of the actual, scanned target. I learned a valuable lesson this week that I have been trying to instill in my kids. Do not leave stuff where it does not belong! I brought my target inside and carelessly left it on the ironing board that my wife was using for one of her projects. Next thing I know, the target is gone, tossed in the garbage under the previous days dinner. Lesson learned!
Anyhow, the above simulation is close to how the target looked. My very first practice shot was the green dot to the lower left of target one. I simply was not concentrating and my mind slipped off into never-never land and my shot was off. I decided to work specifically on thinking of something besides shooting, then trying to bring my mind back into focusing on aiming.
The results speak for themselves. When I was able to bring my concentration back to solely on aiming, I made excellent shots overall. When my mind couldn’t be brought into focus, I missed down and left. One thing I did notice (and have in the past) my best shots where not actually ones where I was aiming with utter focus and concentration, but rather when my mind went more blank. Definitely something to work in in the future!