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The Basics of Effective Practice

October 24, 2019


You could spend one hundred hours practicing something the wrong way, and you won’t get any substantial results in terms of progress. On the other hand, you can practice with proper form, technique and in the ideal setting, and you will upgrade your skills within just a couple of hours. Practice smart, not hard, but if you can practice smart and hard, that’s even better.

The first thing that you need to do is learn to focus and concentrate during practice. You can’t be thinking about what you will be doing later during the day. You need to be mindful of your posture, your technique, and your breathing. This means that you should be practicing in a quiet location. No music, no talking, and no noise. This is truly the most basic and important thing to consider when practicing archery.

I mentioned being mindful of your posture, but before you do that, you need to learn proper posture techniques. I would say that you need to focus on posture before you even practice shooting. Learn proper hand placement, arm positioning and height. You also need to learn feet position, back and shoulder posture – once you do this, you can start to practice the process of going from an idle position to a shooting position.

This is going to be a great way for you to practice for a while. You can shoot if you want, but I would think that focusing on proper posture and getting ready for a shot would be ideal at first. Remember that everything related to archery should be learned with muscle memory as the main goal. With that said, you don’t want that muscle memory to be acquired with improper posture.

You have to master your posture basics and your anchor points. Then you can start to practice shooting with the posture you learned. Then you can start doing minor tweaks on your posture to benefit your shooting accuracy. This is going to be a process that allows your intuition and your experience to help create your own style.

Seen you on the range Friday.


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