How often do you practice ?

toonarmy

New member
I'm still trying to secure a spot on a beginners course and it's proving harder than I thought !
I' would ultimately like to be able to compete at a decent level I suppose, but I work shifts and therefore would miss a lot of the set practice evenings and occaionally weekends.
How often does the average club competitor practice each week ?
I may have to look for a club that has it's own range and not just one that has the use of an area a couple of times a week !
Any comments appreciated - thanks !
 


komtox

New member
We have our own ground, & therefore can shoot 24/7 if we want to !!!. I'm usually at the club about 5 to 6 days a week at this time of year. I usually shoot about 2 to 3 times a week, rest of the time helping the youngters and doing odd jobs etc.
 


Fuzzy

Member
Anywhere from twice a week to once a day if I can manage it. The most I've gone without a chance to shoot is two weeks and it drove me nuts. As for shift work, you'll definitely benefit from a club with its own range - depending on the club/gnas rules you'll be able to shoot pretty much whenever you can.
 


Alexam

New member
Beginners course

As before your profile gives no details - what are do you live in???

Malcolm
 


geoffk

New member
Once a week isnt enough, but its just for fun.

People who started a similar time to me and shoot 2-3 times a week are soooo much better after a year.
 


toonarmy

New member
sorry -- I'm in Chester-le- Street in Co.Durham - and the only club I can find locally ( within 20 miles ) that had it's own range is Cleadon Archers . Even their beginners course in the new year is full already.
Would it be considered ok to try and get on a course at one club, but ultimately join another ?
Since I have never shot a bow in my life, I'm assuming that the practice required to improve will be similar to golf - ie 2 to 3 times a week ?
 


rick

New member
I would say 2-3 times a week would be about right to become "proficient". But there are other areas of "practice " that you can engage in to help yourself along. Drawing the bow in front of a mirror (or not) to practice form and repeatability is very useful time spent (DONT DRY LOOSE). Going through your pre shot routine in you mind or physically will also help - this is where you run through the various stages of making a shot - how you stand - when you breath - keeping your head still etc etc (all will be explained in your class). Then there is always fitness - it really does matter - Swim /Jog/Gym whatever. So if you do want to get competative you can devote to quite a bit of "practice" without loosing an arrow.
Good luck getting on a class !!!!!!
 


Hellboy

New member
During Summer Hols I pratice nearly everyday for around 3hrs. During term time I try and make it up to the shooting ground 3-4 times a week for around 2hrs. I really lucky that my subs cover 24/7 use of the field.:devil:
 


The Enigma

New member
Ironman
Our club shoots on a saturday, which is when we put on begginers courses, but after you pass your course and have a GNAS card you can shoot at any club that you like. so you could go to different clubs for different days of the week, like you say you work shifts, we have archers in our club that work shifts and get to archery when they can. Our club lately has started shooting outdoors on a tuesday and wednesday afternoon depending on what the field is like and what the weather is like. One of the key things to do is if you wanna get better at the sport is shoot as much as you can but dont over do it or you will end up injured for a long time.
 


Compoundking

New member
I practise 2-3 times a week in the outdoor season and it definately helps. when i had my beginers course they gave you a certificate that you could show to someone when you joined a club. This allowed me to join any club where ever it was conveniant for me.
 


Alexam

New member
Beginners

sorry -- I'm in Chester-le- Street in Co.Durham - and the only club I can find locally ( within 20 miles ) that had it's own range is Cleadon Archers . Even their beginners course in the new year is full already.
Would it be considered ok to try and get on a course at one club, but ultimately join another ?
Since I have never shot a bow in my life, I'm assuming that the practice required to improve will be similar to golf - ie 2 to 3 times a week ?
Joining a beginners course and then joining another club more local is just what I did in March. Completion of the course is what is needed for you to be able to shoot at a club and if joining another, you would usually need to demonstrate that you have the basics covered in respect of safety. You would also be issued with a certificate certifying that you have passed a beginners course.

I traveled 20 miles + for my course but they only had facilities for a couple of nights a week etc but the club I joined at Meriden has all the facilities an archer could wish for, access 24/7, covered shooting range, field targets set up for 30.50.70.90m and a clubroom for winter indoor shooting all be it limited in range.

If you can get something similar it would fit in with your duties times and with equipment available at the club for beginners until they get their own gear, (wait until you finish the course first), you will have it made!

Good Luck.

Malcolm
 


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