Hi guys. This is NUSensei.
While many people start out in archery on their own, advancement in archery is greatly
aided, if not made possible, by a coach. Getting the basics of archery right
isn’t that hard, but there are so many things that require someone else to
identify, preferably someone with a lot more knowledge and experience. That said, often the relationship between a coach
and a student can be a hard one, and this applies to any sport. I’m certainly not
the perfect, innocent student, and a lot of this has come through hard experience.
For those who are self-taught, you are your own coach. So you may find that
these things affect you and frustrate you as well. So without further ado, here
are five reasons why your coach probably hates you. You Think You Know Better Archery is unique in some regards.
Because it’s an individual sport which primarily involves you competing against
yourself, you don’t get that feedback loop that drives you to become better. Consequently, there’s a tendency that you
think that you’re doing fine. After all your coach isn’t the one who’s shooting. It’s
you, and you know yourself best. That’s really frustrating. Understand that your
coach can’t force you to do something. They can greatly encourage or discourage you
from doing something, but they can’t force you. Now, this isn’t an open
invitation to ignore everything your coach says. Remember, there’s probably a reason
why you have a coach in the first place. You don’t know what you don’t know.
That’s why the coach is there to tell you. So if you go
“I don’t want to change this, my way is better,” then your coach will generally let you have your way. Part of
this is because, to an extent, there’s an element of trust, and that you should be
allowed to make mistakes, but don’t be surprised when you do make those mistakes. Unfortunately, this may mean that
your growth as an archer is stunted by months, if not years. If you’re the kind
of person who is a bit self-conscious , or gets defensive when receiving feedback or
criticism, you may want to let go of that and give your coach some respect. They probably know what they’re doing. You probably don’t. You keep buying stuff you don’t need. Buying archery equipment is an addiction. You don’t just buy one thing.
You buy a new finger tab. You buy new arrows.
You buy new limbs. You just want to “pimp” your bow with the
newest and often more expensive stuff to get more feet per second, and I get it.
Tinkering with your bow can be fun, except when it ruins what your coach has
set up for you. If you’ve been spending any amount of time with your coach, your
coach will be familiar with your equipment and your form. Your training sessions
will focus on addressing certain part of your form that are causing problems.
Equipment is fairly easy to diagnose, so when your bow is in tune,
it’s mostly form practice. So when you suddenly decided change
something, and you start shooting poorly, your coach is going to be completely
puzzled, because he or she might not know that you’ve done something unnecessary
to your bow. That may be something as simple as changing a bow string, or replacing
an arrow rest, or even adding grip tape to your bow. While these things may seem
better to you, you might not actually need them, and your bow now needs to be
retuned. Again, your coach won’t force you to do things his or her way however understand that changing your equipment
is going to change how you shoot, and upgrading part of your bow isn’t
necessarily going to make things better. You should consult with your coach
before buying something different. This is partly so that you understand why
you’re getting it in the first place and not just doing an impulsive buy. You get too much feedback from other people. This one is especially true if you’re
a keen, fast learner, and a perfectionist. Instead of waiting to get feedback from your couch, you’re looking to get feedback from many
other people. It might be from your friends. It might be from posting a video online
asking for form checks and comments, and there’s nothing really wrong with this in itself. The problem, however, is that your coach
knows you more than anyone else . They know your equipment. They know your style.
They know your strengths and weaknesses. They’ve planned out what you need to work
on, and they need you to follow that plan. When you start asking around for more
advice from different people, you start getting some contradictory/conflicting advice. It might be an observation on your stance
or your grip, or it may be a criticism of your choice of brand or archery
equipment. Most of the time it’s not meant to be an ill intent, but sometimes
people just say things for the sake of saying things. It’s like, for example,
you shoot with an open stance, and someone tells you “you know, you might want to try a closed stance.” There’s no reason to change unless there is a need. If the coach identifies a need, they will
encourage you to try something else, but don’t just act on random opinions and
try it out, because that messes you up. You no longer have consistency, and, look, your
coach isn’t an egotist. They’re not going to claim 100% of your
training because it’s their method. They just need to know what you’re doing.
By the way, this is also very important to keep in mind for yourself. If you go to a
tournament, and especially when there are new archers on the line, you may feel
tempted to add your own commentary to what they’re doing, or going to point
out things about their equipment, and again it feels like you’re doing the
right thing, but just keep in mind that these archers have probably been
trained to do certain things for a certain reason. So if it’s mid-tournament, and you mention
something about their stance, it’s going to throw them off, and that’s really bad
sportsmanship. It’s something which, again, people mean to say so, but it’s just a
culture where people will just criticize things, and it really messes people up.
You just shouldn’t do it. Especially with new archers, it causes a lot
of confusion. It leads them to make bad decisions based on one person’s, probably
very biased, opinion. Look, while getting different perspectives can help, keep the
conversation going with your own coach, and, look, they have the most
perspective of you. So value things differently. Weigh things differently. If
people you trust are sharing their experiences, weigh that against what your
coach will say, because your coach knows you better than anyone else. You don’t train often enough. New archers, especially those taking archery as a sport, tend to
treat it as a weekend recreational activity and not a sporting commitment.
This is fine. Much of the arch experience is social,
however, to make progress with your archery you have to train.
I don’t mean shooting. I mean training. Training involves drills
and skills, and things that may not be fun, but you’ve got to do it. If you’re
only shooting once a week you’re not really going to make much, if any, progress.
For those who only shoot once a week the expectation the coach has is that you are going to
do something throughout the week to train. This might be shooting in your
garage, or doing conditioning exercises, or using a stretching band. You need to
build up the fitness and the muscle memory to use your equipment well. Also keep in
mind that if you’re only turning up once a week on average, that’s on average. This means that there are weeks that
you won’t turn up, maybe because you’re feeling sick, or
maybe you have another commitment and that’s normal, but if you’re not maintaining a
training regiment, you’re going to regress, which means you’re going to feel
less inclined to shoot, and then you end up dropping out of archery. That’s a fairly
typical doom cycle. This may seem like a very drastic flowchart, but this happens
to more people than not. It’s just that people who lose that motivation to train
will lose the motivation to shoot. Your coach doesn’t just want you to train because
he wants to make you feel bad. Your coach wants you to stay with the sport.
If you don’t want to become better, you’re not likely to keep on shooting for
more than a month. Archery rewards people who have that intrinsic motivation to become
better. To become better shooters and to become better individuals, and if you don’t want
to become better, if you just want to shoot for fun, then it’s not something
which will motivate you to keep on shooting. You’re too ambitious. This is my primary fault, and some might
say this isn’t a fault. After all, it’s great to see hunger and drive and personal
bests, and many archers get into competition and make state team
selection within months. Archery is a sport, and, like any other sport, some people
can have talent and hard work and build up foundational skills faster than others.
Your coach might simply not consider you ready. Now this doesn’t stop you from
entering competitions, nor should it, but it’s important to go in with the mentality of enjoying the
experience rather than trying to set records. What ends up happening is that
you might become fixated on getting higher scores and shooting more events and
neglecting your training. Again, training is not the same as shooting. Shooting
events will give you scores and ranking points and experience, but you still have to
train. Sooner or later you reach a plateau. You just can’t exceed the score
you want, and you start to regress because, you know, you’ve forgotten that you are
still a learner, and still need to consolidate your form and technique before you can
compete seriously. You need to build muscle memory and consistency and endurance.
If you are competing for fun that’s great, but if you let it get to
your head, you start making every mistake your coach has warned you about, and
he’ll be there going “I told you so.” Anyway, that’s my quick list of things that I
think will annoy coaches. I’m curious about your experiences. If you have your
own coach I would like to know the things that your coach finds frustrating
with you, and, if you are a coach, what are the things which disappoint you. Anyway, this is NUSensei,
hope you found this interesting, Thanks for watching,
and I’ll see you next time.