Archery lessons have continued these past couple of weeks and I can see a remarkable improvement in our accuracy. The instructor has been working with us to improve our form, encouraging us to go through a mental check list before we release each arrow. The key terms we focus on are stance, anchor point, patience, and follow-through. With this short list, there is no doubt that we have all gotten a little better.
It is fun to see the progress we have made. Though our anchor points vary slightly, we are each very consistent. We have thus begun to look at another key to accuracy .. our grip on the bow. We were instructed to loosely grasp the bow and to not lock our elbow. Despite instruction and an arm guard, I still manage to nail my forearm with the string at least twice each time, leaving some nasty bruises.
We are looking forward to possibly taking part in some organized shoots this year. It should be fun to see how we compare to others, but most importantly, we know it is ourselves with whom we compete. The goal is to improve and to learn from our mistakes.