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#917660 - 09/16/08 12:08 AM Re: Target panic! Long read [Re: onebuck]
Radar
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I get target panic more when I shoot groups at spots too often . I do better to mix up my practice with some 3-D targets or roving practice with judo points at stumps , dirt clods , tennis balls , etc. , just shooting one arrow and retrieving it after each shot .
Just put the fun back into archery ,and practice when you feel fresh and into it , not when you are tired and fatigued .
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#918119 - 09/16/08 10:47 AM Re: Target panic! Long read [Re: Radar]
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I think we expect to shoot better the more we pratice which is not the case.
IMO it's similar to golf.
A pro can win a tourney one week,and miss the cut the next.
Go figure.
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#918653 - 09/16/08 03:25 PM Re: Target panic! Long read [Re: LCU]
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I'm glad I'm not alone. I switched from fingers and no peep to a release/ peep this year and it's been absolute he$$. The more I try to concentrate, the worse I shoot.
I'm going to try relaxing more and make it more instinctive like I used to. Yesterday my groups at 20-30 were very good, then my son and I stared the one shot roving thing and I shot low on about 50% of my shots. Azumith was good, just went low by about 2 inches at all ranges. It's not the bow!
Appreciate the comments you all made.

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#918950 - 09/16/08 06:04 PM Re: Target panic! Long read [Re: CZ284]
squattin dogg
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Targets freak me out for some reason but put a live animal in front of me and it is all gone with (target panic). Good Luck !!!
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#919152 - 09/16/08 07:57 PM Re: Target panic! Long read [Re: FLTENNHUNTER1]
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Very good points guys and oh so true.
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#919892 - 09/17/08 08:10 AM Re: Target panic! Long read [Re: CZ284]
Radar
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 Originally Posted By: CZ284
I'm glad I'm not alone. I switched from fingers and no peep to a release/ peep this year and it's been absolute he$$. The more I try to concentrate, the worse I shoot.
I'm going to try relaxing more and make it more instinctive like I used to. Yesterday my groups at 20-30 were very good, then my son and I stared the one shot roving thing and I shot low on about 50% of my shots. Azumith was good, just went low by about 2 inches at all ranges. It's not the bow!
Appreciate the comments you all made.


I have a tendency to lock in low on bullseye and a hard time raising my bow arm once I do . It's all mental . One thing that helped me was to bend at the torso to lower or elevate while aiming , then take a target with 5 spots and aim at each spot without releasing the arrow . Then once you can hold fairly steady on each dot , release the arrow randomly on one spot .
Another cure for target panic is shooting at a large blank target and picking a spot , and shooting at a large target at point blank range and closing your eyes to focus on form , not aiming .
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#919932 - 09/17/08 08:29 AM Re: Target panic! Long read [Re: Radar]
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 Originally Posted By: Radar


I have a tendency to lock in low on bullseye and a hard time raising my bow arm once I do . It's all mental . One thing that helped me was to bend at the torso to lower or elevate while aiming , then take a target with 5 spots and aim at each spot without releasing the arrow . Then once you can hold fairly steady on each dot , release the arrow randomly on one spot .
Another cure for target panic is shooting at a large blank target and picking a spot , and shooting at a large target at point blank range and closing your eyes to focus on form , not aiming .


Same here.

I suffered from extreme target panic about 4 years ago. It was the best thing that ever happened to me concerning archery. Although you couldnt have convinced me of that at the time.

It forced me to learn how to properly shoot. A back tension release was a big part of my saving grace.

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#920178 - 09/17/08 10:45 AM Re: Target panic! Long read [Re: username]
CZ284
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I'll try again tonight. Thanks for the suggestions.
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#920212 - 09/17/08 11:05 AM Re: Target panic! Long read [Re: CZ284]
Radar
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Target panic isn't cured overnight , but can take a couple of weeks to months to work out .
It's best just to shoot when you are relaxed and not to overshoot and pressure yourself into shooting . Take your time , and it will work itself out of your system . It's a mental thing .
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#921385 - 09/17/08 08:23 PM Re: Target panic! Long read [Re: Radar]
Toxophilite Phil
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The first step in overcoming target panic is to admit you have it. Shooting a back tension release is a great way to overcome it. But learning to shoot one can be a nightmare. I started in January several years ago and it took me 3 months before I actually turned a shaft loose. Had a pro shooter tell me once that archery is 95 percent between the ears. I didn't understand at the time but have since come to truly appreciate the comment. Shooting has to be subconscious. If you let one errant thought into your mind you haven't shot that arrow the best you could. You need to rehearse your pre-shot routine and get it down to where you never have to think about it. Then once you draw your bow back, the only thing on your mind is finding the center of the center of that hair you are aiming at. your mind should never tell your hand to pull the trigger or let go of the string. It should just happen. The next thought you should have is what is that red spot behind that deer's front leg.
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