|Name:||Judith van Oven|
|As you already guessed, I'm the one in the front. This picture was taken at the indoor competition of Sagittarius on 15 December 1996. (The team-members behind me are resp. Simon Oosthoek, Dave Munneke and Rob Lievaart.)|
I don't take time to read the newsgroups, so I can't say anything about them.
I started shooting using a Royal Junior, 22#, that I borrowed from the club. After a few months I switched to a Dong Jin, another bow from the club. I really liked it, but when I started shooting competitions I wanted to have my own gear.
My current bow is a Samick Progress I, 68" (I'm not that tall) 28# at 28", only 27# at my draw-length. The handle is silver and red. I fell in love with it the first time I held it in my hands.
Stabilisation: I currently use an aluminium longrod (Carbofast) and a new extender (Carbofast Black-X). The V-bar and twins are also by Carbofast. My sight is an Arten Summit.
My arrows are A/C/C 2-04 (27"), with 2" fletches (white and green). My previous set of arrows was aluminium (1716), I bought the A/C/C's only last summer. I have a beautiful white leather quiver.
I started shooting when I was 18 and came to the University (of Twente) in 1991. The reason I joined Sagittarius was the great atmosphere.
In the beginning I was a purely recreative archer, but after a few years I considered myself good enough to face the rest of the world of archers. So I bought the Samick I'm still using.
I went to my first (and only, so far) FITA in may 1996 in Weert (The Netherlands). My PB I shot there was 927, which is pretty good considering my gear (aluminium arrows on a 27# bow) and the cold weather. The experience was great, so I will go again next year (if possible). Next year I will hopefully have a car, and shoot many more FITA's, and maybe start shooting animal- and field-rounds.
My PB's (indoor) are 270 (25 m, 30 arrows) and 272 (18 m, 30 arrows).
I prefer shooting outdoor, especially competitions. Too bad the summer season only lasts a few months in the Netherlands.
Tuning: it may help to shoot better (more points), especially when you can see the arrows flying in a way they shouldn't, but I think the effect is, at a certain point, mainly psychological.
Technique: is important: 1. to avoid injuries, and 2. to shoot more constantly.
I have heard the 25m will be no official tournament distance any more. I would really regret that: the longer the distance, the better I like it. (I also prefer shooting 90m to 60m, even with my gear)