Joe McClane here from CatholicHack.com with
another traditional recurve archery tip. And this one is the best, the very best tip that
has improved my accuracy, the shot cycle. The shot cycle is really pretty important.
A lot like playing golf, you know, the accuracy of the shot begins well before you ever draw
back the club. The same is true in archery. If you have a clear, repeatable process, that
you can build into muscle memory your going to find a lot more accuracy, a lot more consistency
in your shot groups. I mean, I’m a long way from where I need to be but, this one step,
this one technique, this one tip was probably the most, had the most dramatic impact on
both accuracy, and consistency of shot. You know, and I usually start with gripping my
bow with the left hand in the same way every time. I also grip my string, and then I set
my, I set my lower limb on the inside of my thigh. And I’m looking with both eyes open
at my target and I’ve got a ah, ah nerf ball down there about 27 yards. And I’ve got both
eyes open and Im starring at a point, Im focusing on a point, a hyper focus, aim small, miss
small. And I want to hit that point but, while both eyes are open what I can see in my peripheral
near vision is my string, and I’ve aligned my string on that point. So Im lining up that
string in my peripheral vision, and then when I’m ready to shoot I raise my bow hand up
but, I’m bringing up, I can still that string in my peripheral vision. It’s an alignment.
Then I can align my arrow, and my string in my peripheral vision while Im still focused
on that spot. And then I tend to come up above, and then I lower down as I draw back to my
anchor in my cheek bone. So, I got my hat on it’s kind of throwing things off a bit.
But, I anchor in my cheek bone. I try to fly my left elbow as high as I can, and then I
release. And that release is also very critical and I’ll do another video on release. Release,
is another one of those most critical steps of accuracy and consistency . So this cycle,
this shot cycle from beginning to end… another thing you will notice too, is when I’m done
with my shot I try to hang in the air. Just like on golf when you follow through with
your club that can have as much dramatic impact on your shot accuracy, ah, as the swing before
it. The back swing, the down. You know, archery is the same way. You want the follow through,
so you want to hang right there for a few moments after your shot because if you, if
your the kind of guy, or gal, who drops your bow, well your brains going to start that
process before you actually release and its going to effect your accuracy. The same thing
on your release. You really need a more, a very consistent, very deliberate, very repeatable
release so I always go straight back and I touch the back of my head. And, I find that
when I, general speaking, even when I mess that up it’s usually pretty good. A clear,
repetitive, shot cycle is the very best thing that has improved my accuracy. I generally
get my arrows within a very tight space, what I consider tight anyway. I, from a hunting
perspective love these shots. The trick is to start a cycle that can be repeated every
time. What its given me, is much tighter groups, a lot more accuracy, much more consistency.
So, try that. Find ah, shot cycle that works for you. That’s repeatable and practice it,
practice it, and practice it until it becomes muscle memory. Alright? A… I hope your shooting
straight and ah, pray for me so that I can shoot straight. I’m still pursuing my goal
of becoming a traditional recurve hunter. Ah, I’ve been out several times, I haven’t
closed that deal. So, it’s still on my wish list, my bucket list so, but, I’m working
on accuracy and consistency so that when that shot opportunity comes I can make a clean,
ethical kill shot so that animal doesn’t suffer. And I can feed my family. So God is very Good!
We’ll see you next time. God Bless You!