Today, I saw yet another post with a photo of the groups. EIGHT Ring, pretty much, at 1 to 2 o’clock. The archer had an admirable group, fairly tight and consistent, but THREE rings from the spider.
Let’s say every arrow was an “8”. Six arrows. 2 times 6 is 16 points from a total possible 60 points, the archer scored 44. LEFT 16 POINTS on the table.
A good coach, faced with this question, thinks, well, what have you been shooting in your other ends? Are you warmed up? Was this group typical in size? What can you do in the next end, after you have put down the bow, walked and pulled, and returned?
WHAT is the situation? Practice, or the trials for the Olympics? Or, “just” a National tournament?
You’ve already dropped the ball. If you have not taught your archer how to assess, and to MAKE THE ADJUSTMENT TO THE SIGHT, the archer is understandably weak and feckless when at risk. LIke now.
Teach your archer when to and how to, adjust the sight. HOW MANY CLICKS are needed to move a group each ring at 70 meters for this archer and this bow, this week?
The day s/he shoots good groups in the gold, you move the sight and put it simply to the left or right. Only mess with one axis, and keep track of how many clicks you move them OFF (while the archer is down at the target pulling arrows). After two arrows, ASK the archer what to do when the arrows are suddenly OFF the previous center! They should NOT be where the previous group was, of course, but play by ear as needed. This is a training and learning opportunity. You need to be honest with the archer after the two or three arrows, and tell them: “Someone screwed with your sight while you were at the target. WHAT DO YOU DO? Whine? Complain? Flounder? Is that your new nickname, like in Animal House? Flounder? seriously? Get aggressive. Don’t just shoot your best shot, make a definitive adjustment ONCE in your sight that puts your group on the X ring!
The thing is, most archers are never taught to pay attention as to how many clicks on the sight adjustment are needed to move the group center ONE ring in either direction – up/down or left/right.
Have YOU taught your archer this?
I recall watching Janet Dykman at the AZ cup in the mid-2000s. Windy as all get-out!
Most archers were floundering. Janet lays out three arrows without much consideration, just grips and rips with her normal shot sequence. THEN, she scopes the arrows, and decides where the center of the group of three is. She makes an adjustment to the sight, both up and down as well as windage. Proceeds to finish the practice end of 6 or 8 more arrows, grouped nicely and tightly around the x.
She knew. She knew for windage, how many clicks from where the arrows when shot at the x, landing out to one side, needed to be used to put the arrow back left/right to the x. How many clicks up and down needed to yes, put the arrow back to the middle of the x ring high and low. She had the confidence of practicing this technique in still conditions, to be able to use it and to TRUST HERSELF in the rough conditions.
As to how long, how many arrows, the archer should wait before adjusting the sight?
ONE arrow is presumptuous for most archers, unless they have total confidence in the answer to my favorite question: HOW DID THAT FEEL? For most archers, I would suggest roughly HALF of a usual end of arrows. Shoot half, adjust, shoot the other half without further adjustments, and gauge. DOCUMENT in the archer’s little quiver notebook, for surely as a good coach you have taught your archers to keep a DIARY of numbers, of “feelings”, of “do this when that is happening”, my brace height is xx and my tiller measures yy high and zz low, and at 70 meters to move the group left one ring is ww clicks on the sight…and when I feel like quitting, this is why I continue……
How many pages are full in your quiver notepad? Is that enough, coach?