Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Picking spots

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Tembo62 06-Sep-22
George D. Stout 06-Sep-22
tradslinger 06-Sep-22
cobson 06-Sep-22
M60gunner 06-Sep-22
Tembo62 06-Sep-22
fdp 06-Sep-22
Tom McCool 06-Sep-22
George D. Stout 06-Sep-22
Witherstick 06-Sep-22
bustedarrow2 06-Sep-22
bustedarrow2 06-Sep-22
2 bears 06-Sep-22
Mpdh 06-Sep-22
Skeets 06-Sep-22
Nrthernrebel05 07-Sep-22
Live2Hunt 07-Sep-22
Red Beastmaster 07-Sep-22
Phil Magistro 07-Sep-22
From: Tembo62
Date: 06-Sep-22




After taking off about 9 months shooting my bow to see if my shoulder would heal(it has/doing fine so far) and getting back to shooting I've realised something. The difference between people who shoot consistently well and those who don't is the good shooters really do pick a spot EVERY shot and the so-so shooter just think they do. How many times have y'all read on here about somebody saying they can hit small targets like coke cans or leaves really well but can't shoot groups on a bag worth a crap? They hit what they aim at but the difference is the bag is 2 ft x 2 ft and the can is 2 inches x 4 inches. They are looking at what they want to hit and they do hit it...somewhere in the bags case. I have found after this layoff that if I really do pick and focus on 1 arrow hole on that bag all the way through the shot till the arrow hits instead of just pretending to I'll hit within a few inches of that hole,if not, I hit the bag somewhere but not what would be called accurate shooting.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 06-Sep-22




I first heard pick a spot back in the 1960's, and I do believe it makes you better as well, especially on live game. It's also interesting that there always seems to be a spot, on a deer, like a tuft of odd hair, or just an anomaly within the kill zone. It's especially important when shooting field archery. There's a big difference between the target and the spot in the center, once I learned that my scores increased exponentially.

From: tradslinger
Date: 06-Sep-22




focus, focus, focus and focus even more. yes, most of us have to train our brain to do it every time. when we don't, we shoot like it. I forced myself to focus on tiny objects for a couple of months years ago, made a giant difference in all of my shooting from game to fish. We have the most awesome computer, our brain but not if it is a lazy brain for what we want it to do. Once you learn to truly focus correctly, like a very good pitcher, you don't argue with it but focus on the spot. I shoot expecting my arrow to hit the spot that I meant to, not five inches to the left or whatever.

From: cobson
Date: 06-Sep-22




I have always had a hard time on game but heard Bobby Worthington on a podcast describe that area right above the elbow on a deer - a little pocket - really helps me focus down low - miss under no big deal - dead on is a heart shot and if they duck a little still in the lungs - only shot 2 deer since then but helped a TON on both - maybe help others as well - good luck!

From: M60gunner
Date: 06-Sep-22




“Pick a spot, burn a hole in it” I remember that from Schultz’s video. Helped me. When I shoot alone I concentrate better on that spot. With friends I tend to look at or hear things and my eyes want to wander.

From: Tembo62
Date: 06-Sep-22




M60, that's it. I might be focusing on a spot but my eyes wander at full draw just before release. IF I could master keeping that hard focus on the spot just for that few seconds every shot I believe I could hit anything right where I want practically every time.

From: fdp
Date: 06-Sep-22




Everybody is different and there is no definitive way to do it.

Some folks can maintain laser like focus for several seconds, some folks can't.

There are folks that can focus, and maintain focus from the time they start the shot sequence, and there are some folks that can't.

Some folks shoot better if they don't do the whole "burn a hole" thing until they get to full draw.

Figure out what works best for you and stick with that.

From: Tom McCool
Date: 06-Sep-22

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Shooting targets without a bullseye helps me to always look for a “spot”.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 06-Sep-22




John's "burn a hole" didn't mean hold a long time while concentrating on what to hit. Done right you can loose when you touch anchor. John was never one to take a lot of time in the shot process.

From: Witherstick
Date: 06-Sep-22




We learned a very long time ago that the best preparation for shooting big game animals was shooting plain faced single colored targets. If we purchase a new block target, we never shoot the painted sides. We turn them around to the all black side and shoot for the center of one of the corners. When a spot develops from shooting, we start on another corner. As for paper plates, we use unmarked clean paper plates each shooting session. Ever notice that it is easier to hit the pie size paper plates than a full size one?

From: bustedarrow2
Date: 06-Sep-22

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Thought i was spot on shooting like this.

From: bustedarrow2
Date: 06-Sep-22

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But then trying to pick a spot. Both photos were shot from a little better than 20 yrds away. It is a new bow. And i have very little experince shooting a asl.

From: 2 bears
Date: 06-Sep-22




Lack of focus has always been my weakness. I could never zero in on a small spot to the exclusion of everything else. I mean I see the whole target indeed the whole back yard. I often wonder how does the arrow know where I want it to go & am surprised when it actually does. It never fails, if I concentrate on one thing, like follow through, at least 2 other things will fall apart. Some of my best days are when I think of nothing just draw back and shoot. I have read most everything written & watched tons of videos. I know how it is supposed to be done. Doing it is something else. >>>----> Ken

From: Mpdh Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-Sep-22




I seem to have more trouble with this as I age. Probably has something to do with changes in eyesight.

When I was younger I had 20- 15 vision. When checked last year my vision is now 20-30. I do not wear corrective lenses when shooting, only readers for close up reading.

MP

From: Skeets
Date: 06-Sep-22




I admire those that can (and wish I could) pick a spot quickly. Some people can pick a spot on running game or flying game and targets instantly and make a good shot.

From: Nrthernrebel05
Date: 07-Sep-22




Has always been a problem for me. Especially when shooting at a deer. The old adage of aim small miss small still holds true.

From: Live2Hunt
Date: 07-Sep-22




The closer I am the better I can focus on a spot, center of bullseye, sweet spot of the 3d deer, arrow hole, etc. For whatever reason, the further out the worse I get as far as focusing on a spot. At 30, I can lay them right in there when I focus, but if I struggle to focus, I'm off. Bugs Me.

From: Red Beastmaster
Date: 07-Sep-22




My ability to really zero in and focus seems harder to do as I get older. Sometimes I just let it rip without ever getting there.

Just add it to the ever growing list.

Sigh.

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 07-Sep-22




Fred Bear said that nobody that shoots instinctive could be a good target shot because they would be unable to concentrate to the degree necessary shot after shot. It's hard for me to pick a spot and shoot three arrows equally well.

Fred Asbell once mentioned about the ability to concentrate that if you place a milk container in a field of weeds it is difficult to focus on only the container. But if you put it in a freshly plowed field where it's all brown dirt around it the ability to concentrate is much better.





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