Information Overload: 5
Tips for Making the Most
of Archery Advice Information Overload: 5 Tips for Making the Most of Archery Advice

Today we have unprecedented access to tips and tricks for handling archery’s mental game and its equipment. Coaches, other archers and world-class competitors offer unlimited advice through books, articles, videos and Internet posts. While some videos can make you laugh, all of that archery advice can actually be pretty overwhelming! How can we process this information to get the most from it? Here are some suggestions:

Know what you’re looking for.

Photo Credit: BowJunky.com

Thinking through how you shoot your bow can help you answer a lot of questions about your results in the target. Photo Credit: BowJunky.com

Start by asking specific questions you need answered. Pay attention at archery practice to figure out which areas are in need of improvement. Do you struggle with keeping arrows in the middle of your target? Do you lose focus when shooting? Do you struggle to recover after a bad shot? By identifying a few areas you want to improve, you’ll better know what advice to seek.

Take notes to review later.

Archery apps, notebooks and other tools can help you keep track of archery advice to try. Photo Credit: World Archery

Archery apps, notebooks and other tools can help you keep track of archery advice to try. Photo Credit: World Archery

Figure out ways to mark parts of the book, article or video you find useful. This could be bookmarking, highlighting, underlining, cutting and pasting into a file, or jotting highlights on Post-it notes or notecards. You can email notes to yourself, start a file in the cloud/drive, take a screenshot, or start a notebook on your phone. And there are lots of archery apps you can try, too. Your options are endless, but the key is to take notes and use them. Whatever works for you – and what you actually use – will be your best resource.

Find what works for you.

Even the youngest and newest archers develop their own style. Learn what works for you. Photo Credit: arcHER

Even the youngest and newest archers develop their own style. Learn what works for you. Photo Credit: arcHER

Although lots of advice on the Internet is well-researched and scientifically studied, not every source will speak to you the same way. For instance, the pre-tournament routines of some athletes include visiting with friends and joking around. Some archers might find this super helpful, while others require an hour of silence. Study the top archers. Their different personalities determine what works for them. In the same way, not all advice will work for you.

Apply one concept at a time.

Paige Pearce has been shooting a bow since she was a toddler, but she’s made five World Championship teams by working on one thing at a time. Photo Credit: BowJunky.com

Paige Pearce has been shooting a bow since she was a toddler, but she’s made five World Championship teams by working on one thing at a time. Photo Credit: BowJunky.com

Just like you shoot one arrow at a time, you have to consider one idea at a time. Rather than applying everything you hear at once, pick one thing and try it. If you’re going to apply it, commit to the change until you’re consistent and successful with it. Then, take a step back and evaluate if the concept is helping. Assess how your arrows are landing in the target, take video of yourself, and decide if the change has worked for you.

Where do I start?

Would you take advice from this guy? Turns out Stephan Hansen is the newest Archery World Champion. Photo Credit: World Archery

Would you take advice from this guy? Turns out Stephan Hansen is the newest Archery World Champion. Photo Credit: World Archery

Lastly, where do you find the best archery advice? A great place to start is right here on Archery360. Another great place is Facebook, where many archers, coaches and archery organizations share information on their public pages. You can definitely chat up some of your local archery pros at your next nearby tournament. And one of the best resources will be your local archery store, or a nearby club or coach. There’s lots of archery advice out there – you just need to know where to find it, and have a plan for applying it.

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