What arrow spine is right for my compound?

What arrow spine is right for my compound?

I have been contacted by 3 different people in the last 24 hours with respect to arrows and spine. So lets go through this: “How do you choose the right spine to shoot out of a compound?” There is one proviso that must be accepted: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO STIFF AN ARROW […]

How can psychological training work for you?

How can psychological training work for you?

This may seem a bizarre and controversial statement for someone who has studied sports psychology to make but I am continually faced with the same procedural issues when dealing with athletes. Let us clear up some misconceptions with respect to psychology and how it improves performance within the athletic field.  It is not magical, those […]

Automatic Skill

Automatic Skill

Archery is a well-learnt, closed skill. A closed skill is one where the individual performing the skill does not manipulate the performance with respect to any outside effects. Unlike, for example, a footballer, who has a multitude of different shots available to him, or a golfer who will not only select a club for a […]

Only two approaches to success?

Only two approaches to success?

In sport, it is believed by many that, the truly successful fall into one of two categories. The pompous or the unaware.   The Unaware: Let us deal with the latter category first, individuals who are too unaware to fear failure. They stare into the black abyss of fear and self doubt and are too […]

How much should you practice?

How much should you practice?

Across all sports and from athletes of all levels the same question is constantly asked: How much should I be practising? This question is asked from school children onwards, as if time spent doing something is the answer to achievement or attaining the desired level. In my university days it was curious how much better […]

Learn to concentrate on the important aspects of performance.

Learn to concentrate on the important aspects of performance.

“Do we need more than we need?”   In many cases, people strive for a greater understanding or technical ability than is necessary to achieve a goal, and this is a waste of their time and effort. This is not unique to sport; this is a simple rule, which applies to any situation where outcome […]

Competitive or Driven?  Winning is everything?

Competitive or Driven? Winning is everything?

People in sport misuse the terms competitive or driven, in fact these terms have become interchangeable over time. If we accept that these two terms and outlooks have very different definitions: Which is it better to be? Well lets look at a definition of each. A competitive person measures their success against others. For a […]

The biggest myth in archery………Aiming.

The biggest myth in archery………Aiming.

Let us look at the psycho-physiological process going on in aiming. As human beings we naturally like, and are comfortable with, lining things up; and this is the essence of aiming. Archery is a target sport, the very term “target” giving emphasis in the mind of the archer the idea of aiming. To many, that […]

Control within performance. How and Why?

Control within performance. How and Why?

Everyone in sport is fixated upon control. The intermediate athlete tries to control all aspects of the performance fixating upon the tiniest details of technique throughout their performance and this is their downfall. The experienced and successful athlete recognizes the thousands of hours of practice they have put in and trusts their skill implicitly; instead […]

Anchor Point, why is it important?

Anchor Point, why is it important?

Anchor point has such a tremendous effect on everything to do with shooting a compound. People talk about the dot not holding still or their propensity to punch. This is directly driven by how good the anchor point is. So what makes a good anchor point? A good  anchor point with a compound is a […]