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Title: Does it ever really go away?
Post by: Sam McMichael on May 29, 2020, 06:41:42 PM
Since the last week of April, I have been really working on fixing a string plucking issue. I have shot many hundreds of arrows and made a tremendous amount of progress, both with the plucking and with accuracy at longer distance. However, a few shots seem to just go astray, even though they look right and may even feel right. Granted, some shots I just screw up from the get-go, but it is the ones that feel good but fly bad that concern me. You guys that have worked through similar problems, how long was it before you really felt confident that the release would be consistently good?  This is bugging the crap out of me.
Title: Re: Does it ever really go away?
Post by: McDave on May 29, 2020, 08:05:30 PM
Frankly, I don’t think there is any way that the average archer will ever be as consistent as champions like John Demmer.  I really think they’re wired differently. I have been to every school and class I was interested in, shoot every day, and have all the desire in the world, but just today I plucked several times and had a few unexplained high misses, including one that went over the back of the target. We should always try to improve, and I think I will improve over time, even though I’m 75.  What I won’t do is let the desire to improve beyond my capabilities stand in the way of enjoying myself every time I go out to shoot.
Title: Re: Does it ever really go away?
Post by: Twostrings2 on May 30, 2020, 09:05:14 AM
  You have confessed to being a plucker and pluckers pluck, it is their nature.  Try
forgetting everything else except getting welded to your anchor point and staying
that way until the arrow hits something. 
 
Title: Re: Does it ever really go away?
Post by: Sam McMichael on May 30, 2020, 09:52:20 AM
McDave, I think you are right. It seems to just happen from time to time. The worst are those shots that seem to look and feel good at release, but then the results all turn brown and start stinking. I have never been able to freeze at release and hold it until the arrow hits. I think that is part of the problem - I start looking at how beautiful the shot is before the shot is actually on its way. Luckily, I am making many more good shots than I was a few weeks ago. I know 25 yards is not far for a lot of guys, but it is quite a distance for me, as I hunt from 15 to 20 yards. Lengthening the distance is what made me realize just how much plucking was screwing things up. I guess the bottom line is that this bad habit can be minimized but never totally eliminated. Maybe if I blame it on the bow, the wife may let me order a new one, what do you think?
Title: Re: Does it ever really go away?
Post by: McDave on May 30, 2020, 01:37:13 PM
“I start looking at how beautiful the shot is before the shot is actually on its way.”  I have the same problem, particularly after 3 out of 4 shots go into the 10 ring and I’m about to shoot the 4th shot. It usually helps in this situation to buy a new bow.
Title: Re: Does it ever really go away?
Post by: reddogge on May 31, 2020, 11:03:44 AM
My outdoor problem was not only a pluck but a double-clutch once in a while. Oddly I haven't had it happen in a couple of years but I did nothing conscious to get rid of it. I harken back to what my old golf instructor used to drill into my mind. "Good shot beget good shots". The more good shots you make the more you will make. Maybe it's a state of confidence in the mind.
Title: Re: Does it ever really go away?
Post by: Sam McMichael on August 15, 2020, 10:11:21 AM
I'm bringing this one back up to say that persistence does pay off. Since I last posted back at the end of May, my release has greatly improved. I still have a few plucks creep in, but, overall, I am shooting a whole lot better. At the same time, I have been trying to extend my shooting distance. At 25 yards I now put most shot into the sweet spot. These accomplishments just show that doing the work brings positive results. I have heavily quarantined during the pandemic, so I have had plenty of time available for practicing. Who else has had a chance to put increased effort into form improvement that showed pleasing results?
Title: Re: Does it ever really go away?
Post by: JC Jr on August 15, 2020, 02:40:18 PM
45 years ago a fellow gave me a nugget I’ve never forgotten.  He said, "Time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things.”

Good for you for hanging in there. 

 :)