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    Pool/snooker

    Stayed in the rather swish Babington Hotel on Monday and had a game of pool with the wife (it was our 18th anniversary) and something struck me - striking a pool ball has a very similar mental setup to shooting a bow.
    There's a calm period of aiming, then the anticipation of the shot followed by the shot itself; but it's too easy to "panic" and twitch, missing that shot.

    A bit random but I did smile to myself.
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    Agreed! The shot we are going to make has to be taken in the way we plan to shoot all of them. Like this( miming the shot)
    Problems start when we don't follow that plan and get stuck thinking of something, or feeling something, like nerves or panic. They weren't in the mime/plan. We allow them entry... almost out of habit.
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    Agreed! The shot we are going to make has to be taken in the way we plan to shoot all of them. Like this( miming the shot)
    Problems start when we don't follow that plan and get stuck thinking of something, or feeling something, like nerves or panic. They weren't in the mime/plan. We allow them entry... almost out of habit.

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    I find that shooting a bow is much like making love to a beautiful woman.
    The mental preparation, visualising the execution.
    Setting a firm base.
    Zen calm
    Deep breath
    Then a slow smooth draw.
    Find a good anchour
    Expand and release.

    Swiss Tony

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    Can you just run through that again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnh159 View Post
    I find that shooting a bow is much like making love to a beautiful woman.
    The mental preparation, visualising the execution.
    Setting a firm base.
    Zen calm
    Deep breath
    Then a slow smooth draw.
    Find a good anchour
    Expand and release.

    Swiss Tony
    And when a guy fails to reach anchor, he looks round sheepishly and mutters something about how that "almost never happens"...
    Ever tried? Ever failed?
    Try again. Fail again. Fail better! - Beckett

    The marksman who hesitates is lost. Just take it for granted that you are going to hit and fire away before you have time to doubt the certainty of success. - Annie Oakley, 1894.

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