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Offline Danzn Bar

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Re: How much do you practice?
« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2017, 05:01:14 pm »
Brad congrats on the elk tag ...good luck.
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Offline bjrogg

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Re: How much do you practice?
« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2017, 06:16:25 pm »
That's great Brad, good luck getting that shot. I'm sure you'll be ready
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Offline gfugal

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Re: How much do you practice?
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2017, 06:47:07 am »
 I'm just getting into shooting. My main problem is finding the time or place to shoot. So when i do its usually about 100 arrows. But i'm no good so take that for what it is.

What i can tell you, is that you can absolutely shoot too much. I am an certified personal trainer and am graduating with me bachelor's degree in exercise science this december. Archery can be thought of like any other sport. If you overtrain, you can get some nasty injuries that will put you out for a very long time. If you are feeling chronic pain every shot that probably means your muscles, tendons and ligaments are damaged and inflamed. You might want to get those checked. You could have burstitis, or some other rotator cuff problam. They need time to heel and reduce swelling. And if not fixed could lead to a full or partial tare in your rotator cuff, or some other injury. This can happen if you do too much in general, too much too soon, or if you just jave poor form (not poor form in accuracy sense but poor form for injury). Just like with a runner who has shin splints or runners knee, you're going to have to take a brake for maybe a month or so. If it's really bad, you might want to talk to a physical therapist. When you are healed, you need to make sure your technique is spot on, and that you take it slow. If you slowly build up over the course of many months of consistant shooting your body might be able to handle shooting everday again. But for the meantime it might be best to start with 2 or 3 times a week. Maybe a a dozen or two a day. Then after each week increse the arrows a day, then maybe add an extra day after a month or two. But listen to your body. Like any workout your body needs time to repair itself. You get stronger in the recovery.

A hiatus won't permenatly damage your accuracy. You might be rusty the next time you pick up the bow. But after a week you should be back to where you were technique wise, but not necesarily strength. Taking days off in your regular training is going to have no consequence either. However, fewer shots a day with a little higher frequency like a dozen arrows 4-5 days a week is better than 3 dozen arrows 2 times a week. But thats concerning technique. Strength wise, 3 dozen arrows 2 times a week is better for buding strength and getting adequit recovery. So it all depends on your goals: building strength so you can shoot frequently, or honeing your technique after you've built that strength. 
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Offline Knoll

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Re: How much do you practice?
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2017, 07:11:26 am »
I normally shoot at least three times a week - all year long.  Most of the time that is walking a 16 target course through a strip of hardwoods near my house.  I change it up every so often.

So THAT's why Howard is such an awesome shooter!   (SH)

I've adopted the "less is more" approach. Not fewer shooting sessions, but fewer shots at given target. Usually one shot and not more than two. And shooting slowwwly ... that is, making focus top priority and getting next shot off no priority at all.

And when am feeling really cocky about my accuracy, go shooting with my friends who quickly put me in my place!
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Re: How much do you practice?
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2017, 05:53:01 pm »
I normally shoot at least three times a week - all year long.  Most of the time that is walking a 16 target course through a strip of hardwoods near my house.  I change it up every so often.

So THAT's why Howard is such an awesome shooter!   (SH)

I've adopted the "less is more" approach. Not fewer shooting sessions, but fewer shots at given target. Usually one shot and not more than two. And shooting slowwwly ... that is, making focus top priority and getting next shot off no priority at all.

Ha!  I am a work in progress....  You just dropped a pearl of wisdom with that advice.  I completely agree and intend to try and incorporate that into my practice.  "Making focus top priority and getting next shot off no priority at all."  That is good stuff!  I am learning to "warm up" my concentration before taking that first shot.  We use our eyes for smart phones, computer screens, and televisions, and God knows what else.  Most of that vision related stuff has the brain receiving input in a static fashion - nothing physical about it.  That first cold shot used to be a lot tougher for me.  I would have some crazy things happen those first five or six shots until I got warmed up.  Lately, I have been taking little short mini shots barely out in front of my feet while walking out to practice.  Nothing close to a full draw, barely pulling the string back and letting an arrow go at a dead leaf or clump of grass.  This seems to reboot my vision or brain to picking a spot to shoot at.  After you have been shooting long enough, your shot sequence is all a part of muscle memory that is fairly easy to keep straight with a simple mental checklist.  That "focus on the spot" thing can be elusive in this crazy age of constant distractions.

And when am feeling really cocky about my accuracy, go shooting with my friends who quickly put me in my place!
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Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: How much do you practice?
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2017, 09:14:46 am »
I agree with Greg's advice on training, don't over do it - pain is a warning sign!  A bit of strain or effort is ok.  "No pain, no gain" is bs.  Make your practice quality, warm up a bit with a few draws, and quit when you start getting tired, so you can hunt when you are tired.  As we get further from 21, we need to use more caution in how hard we practice and train, because the injury snake can trip you up at any time.  Shoot straight, shoot well, and have fun - when it ain't fun anymore, do something else!
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Re: How much do you practice?
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2017, 02:06:41 pm »
Thanks to all who replied. I talked to my chiropractor about my problem and he said that I had a muscle imbalance; doing a lot of things with my right side of my body and not enough with my left side of my body. He suggested to start pulling my bow with my left arm every day that I practice with my bow to help my left side of body to catch up and he said in regards to shooting and exercise to shoot fewer arrows on days I exercise and shoot my bow until my body gets used to it. So far his advice has worked and I actually feel stronger now that I'm pulling with my left arm too.

Thanks,

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Offline bradsmith2010

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Re: How much do you practice?
« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2017, 02:42:08 pm »
I pull my bow with my left arm too, I think it helps,, )F(