Lens power

Lens power

Ask the experts. I have read various technical articles about lens magnification and asked some other archers and they say a 1.0 lens is too much magnification too hold still but for me it gives me the best aiming/execution combination, what should I do? A 1.0 lens (1.0 is the measurement in dioptres) is a […]

Trigger tension

Trigger tension

How do I set the trigger tension on my thumb release? The tension on a trigger release should be set at the lightest setting that you can comfortably and safely wrap your thumb around it without the release going off, but no heavier. A common release set up, and theoretical cure for “punching”, is to […]

Measuring performance

Measuring performance

Some measures of performance Can we glean information about how we are performing from specific outcomes and trends in results? The short answer is, of course, yes, but interpreting results can require some lateral thinking and almost sooth sayer like abilities. A common one to start: “When in competition my first arrow is always good […]

Evolution of an athlete

Evolution of an athlete

To quote that eighties teen hero Ferris Bueller: “life passes by so quick, if you dont take a second to look around you might miss it!” So it is with athletes,they can be so caught up in their present and their future, they lose perspective on where they have come from, what they have achieved, […]

Is it me against the world?

Is it me against the world?

What do I need to achieve? Is it me against the world? Jaded and undirected, a world class archer recently told me that they, “would rather go on holiday, using up their annual leave from work, rather than push to compete for their country.” This comment may seem to be the ultimate in self indulgence […]

Interview – Follow up to “Do we need more than we need?”

Interview – Follow up to “Do we need more than we need?”

Claudine Jennings interviews Alistair following “Learning to concentrate on the important aspects of performance” article.   C: So in your article talking about “do you need more than you need” you’re basically saying that all we’re trying to do is shoot tens and it doesn’t matter how that arrow gets in the middle of the […]

Process Goals versus Outcome Goals

Process Goals versus Outcome Goals

For many years process goals have been much preferred by psychologists and by some coaches, who see them as a better goal and a better measurable idea than outcome goals. A process goal could well be how one does something. They are generally measured by feel, by something slightly esoteric as opposed to outcome goals […]

Control Freaks: A follow up to “Pumped up or Poker faced”

Control Freaks: A follow up to “Pumped up or Poker faced”

The greatest failing of any archer, be they club level or the best in the world, is their desire to control every aspect of what they do, this desire to control all aspects of the performance feeds upon the athletes insecurity that what they do is not good enough/could be better or that their level […]

The good, the average and the ugly: Responsibility continued

The good, the average and the ugly: Responsibility continued

To the outsider high end performance sport is a confusing pastime.  An athlete spends hundreds, if not thousands, of hours a year practicing and training, they invest physically, financially and emotionally to the exclusion of other “normal” aspects of life and to the outsider the question most asked is “does it make you happy?”.  It […]

Take some responsibility

Take some responsibility

I was thinking about what to write this article on, what aspect of performance and psychology would most interest and excite?  Perhaps mental toughness or relaxation techniques or imagery, however, I have decided to write on a much more important topic: responsibility. Every athlete, whatever their level, must take responsibility for their performance.  There are […]