Picture it – you are in a league match at the Club on a sunny afternoon. The visiting team are bragging about how they are going to win and you want your club to thrash them. You are shooting well and enjoying the feeling. All of sudden you throw a one! O.K. it happens. You go back to the line to make the next shot a good one; but disaster! You follow it up with a two. We have all felt it, the tightening of the chest, the rising panic, the ‘I must not shoot another bad shot’ feeling.
If these feelings spiral out of control the match will be lost, the archer will feel a failure and a lovely afternoon will be spoilt. Time for some positive action.
Sit down on your chair, take a few relaxing deep breaths and look at your tab. Look at everything in detail, the leather – notice its colour, the plate – notice its smooth surface, the screws – notice how many. Absorb all your thoughts and energy into the details on your tab. While you are busy doing this your heart rate will drop and that panicky feeling will start to subside.
Go back on the shooting line relaxed and focused and ready to build and execute that wonderful shot.
You can choose anything to concentrate on, for example I use a Koosh Ball, one of those peculiar items made out of lots of fine strands of rubber.