I pulled the GoPro out yesterday and filmed my practice. After implementing a new shot timing and mental software program I felt I was making good progress. For a while. But the last week or so my shooting felt off and I was coming away with a sore neck. I needed to see what was happening to make my neck muscles sore.
Sure enough, my shoulders were scrunching upwards and my anchor was sliding forward. Why? I didn’t have the ability to get into true holding because of incorrect form, so the more I tried the higher my shoulders would go. In typical “try to hard” fashion I had incorporated that motion into muscle memory from doing it so much, so it became a very consistent motion. So consistent that on 2 different ends you could find the string sliding across my face at almost the same exact time on the videos.
I took that as an encouraging sign! It’s proof that I can be very consistent!
Today with the help of my wonderful, now Level 4, Coach, I’m on the road to getting it fixed.
When you watch the draw you can see an exaggerated downward motion in my draw now, and then coming into anchor. This keeps my draw arm relaxed and “long” and allows me the room to get into true holding instead of scrunching all up. I’m impressed with how straight my elbow stays! I still remember the days of it being kicked up very high and very in front of the arrow.
And here is the stretchy band practice to get this motion to replace the old one.
I used to be very bad about using my stretchy band to practice at home. But with this I can definitely see the need. So wish me luck in getting all the stretchy practice in! This has somewhat changed where I anchor, so I feel it’s really important to get some kind of practice in every night. Otherwise I’ll be all over the place for a long time.