There’s a huge difference between shooting your bow in practice, and releasing a perfectly placed arrow on a game animal. A hunting situation introduces all kinds of variables and conditions that are not accounted for during practice. One of these variables is timing.
You may not know it, but you probably shoot with a default rhythm or pattern. In this video I discuss two drills to help you recognize your default timing, and move beyond this “internal clock” to prepare for the real thing – a shot on a game animal. When you’re out in the field you may find yourself with a limited shot opportunity, where you need to quickly, yet smoothly, execute a good shot. Conversely, you may find yourself sitting at full-draw, waiting for the shot opportunity to present itself. These are just two examples of why, in hunting…Timing is everything!
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Pyramid Drill Example
The “pyramid drill”, which I discussed in the video above, is a great exercise to improve your strength, aiming, breathing, focus, and patience. Start by shooting 10-round pyramid drills of 2-4-6-8-10-10-8-6-4-2, at a close distance. Gradually increase the timespan of your pyramid drills so that you are building the strength and focus required to execute a shot after sitting at full draw for an extended time.
On the quicker shots focus on remaining relaxed and quick, without being rushed or “punching” the shot off. On the longer shots concentrate on remaining focused on keeping your pin on the target, with a strong hold, good form, and a “ready to go” mindset.
I would love for you to give these drills a shot, and then let me know what you think!