And it’s a little weird for it to feel this easy.
For one, I’m shooting primarily at the 18m (20 yard) line now. I even warm up on the 18m line. I haven’t felt comfortable at this distance until recently. But now it feels like “home”.
I’m also not doing the raise bow, draw, then open up completely thing anymore. Now I’m doing raise bow, open, roll to anchor. Notice the lack of the word draw in there? If I open up completely using my back muscles, my bow is drawn already! All I have to do is roll to my anchor! I will not tell you how long it took me to change that habit. Suffice to say, too long! And it feels so much better!
Never mind those outliers. I was working on getting my bow hand and arm correct that day.
Which is the other thing I’ve been working on a lot. I had been doing some strange things with my bow arm and hand. So the last week or so I’ve been working on the correct way to hold my bow. This seems simple right? You’re supposed to just hold it! But no. I had problems with getting the bow to settle in my hand so that my thumb was in the right place and so that the majority of the contact was along my palm. Don’t ask me why I struggled with this, but I have for a long time.
Until last week, that is! It really clicked on Thursday and Friday, and my bow feels so much lighter! Also, I realized that I can only lift the bow so far before I’m out of alignment and my bow arm is no longer straight. So that is my natural stopping point now. I can get my arm straighter and really “push” through the grip as long as I don’t try to lift the bow too far up. Any other adjustment has to come through aiming.
Gah. I wish I had pictures of my form to show the difference. Maybe one day soon!
I’ll leave you with this last picture, where I started to work on really aiming. This pattern was so I wouldn’t hit my own arrows. Except for the low left one. That was a form mess up.
Child 2 is starting to shoot at 20 yards as well. He has to in order to get his next pin.
He’s working on how to aim as well. Neither of us use a sight right now.