On a more serious note re clickers and at the risk of boring some witless...for I have enjoyed your commandments!!....today at the range, with the clicker, I resolved to concentrate hard and take my time for a PB attempt for 30 arrows.... All was going very well with 12 arrows all in the gold (gold not 10s!!!) which is good for me. The next doz had 2 arrows outside the gold, still good and I was still way ahead. The last 6 arrows I could have lobbed over my shoulder with more accuracy!! I lost my PB by a few points!!! On advice it was decided that I was taking too long to draw through the clicker and knackering myself hovering on the target, and that I would be better shooting at a bare boss for a while.....and lo! the clock struck true, but I was still aiming too much with no target. So next club night, a good 1/2 hour will be spent shooting at the boss, eyes closed?? Apparently in order to think of matters more spiritual than anything so base a aiming? Zen and the art of the clicker......?It does seem to be the case for many, that the clicker is put on hold until fuses blow... whatever the clock says.
Hi Laurie,What you say makes eminent sense, and endorses what other peers have said. Thank you. (I think I'll sail round to Poole with the bow, if Mohammed won't come to this mountain!!)
I think this is very true .........I am still persevering with my clicker , but as I was struggling, things started going VERY wrong and my scores declined, latterly even missing the scoring target!!! as an arrow was loosed prematurely through the clicker. I was feeling very tired despite only shooting about 60 arrows a week, and yet being a great big "Henry", that swims and trains. I had developed into the habit of drawing with the very tips of my fingers, thinking it would smooth the release. Wrong. Once my attention had been drawn to the error of my ways, it became immediately obvious. I am still tired after 30 -40 arrows and taking too long to draw through the clicker, but not as tired as I was! I now, again, double check the string is in the crease of the first joint of my fingers, etc., and am now loosing a far faster arrow, insomuch as I have had to raise my sights quite a lot. Slowly...very slowly, because I cant shoot enough, I'm getting there. (Occasional use of my beautiful longbow may not be helping!!)Hi Laurie, you will be most welcome.
Clickers are simple to use, I am told; set it and forget it, I hear. I feel that is the truth, too. However, the simplicity is a disadvantage for some as it is just as simple to get it wrong with the wrong advice at the start. It is possible to get the right advice and misinterpret what was said and then make a mess. It is also possible to start off well and see the scores climb and then slowly fall into "bad ways".
Too often, I believe, the clicker is put on, set up( rightly or wrongly) and the form that underpins its use is gradually neglected. I think it is important to get it right and keep tracks on what we do in the days/weeks that follow.Declining, into a sight dominated style of shooting, can be such a slow, undetectable process, that many never realise they are drifting into bad habits.
Still going backwards with my scores with a clicker. Provides many behind me with endless amusement!!:hyper:Actually geoff, it isn't suggested to help them improve, it's a jovial reference to the fact that introducing a clicker will no doubt screw up their shooting for a good few months at least.