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|At the Samick seminar (Nov. 2000) - guess who is the best archer (ever) on that picture here. Hint: not the guy at full draw ;-)
P.S.: I got a much nicer looking bow now - 6 years on the seminar finally paid off :-)
P.P.S.: Contrary to popular belief, that people get fatter when getting older - I am significantly _LESS_ fat now! :-)
I liked them very much in the good old usenet days (before the net became the web) - nowadays there is too much spam.
Two parts of the FAQ were written by me (the tuning one seems to be popular for copying - without giving credits :-( )
New kit 2006:
* Bow: Samick Masters (red/blue), Samick Extremes (70" 40#@28"), ~225N at full draw
* Arrows: ACE 370 , Beiter nocks (black, in-type, size 2), Spin Wings (yellow, regular shape, 45mm), 120gn break off points, 800mm shaft length
* 18 str. 8125
* 30" Beiter long rod (3 tuners, 1 additional weight), 10" Beiter side rods (no additional weights), 4" Beiter extender, 90°-0° Beiter V-Bar
* Beiter clicker, WiKo LO button, Rest: Hoyt Super Pro
* Cavalier tab, Angel chest guard, Neet quiver, Beiter arm guard, finger sling is a shoestring, "rubber" strap around upper bow arm
* HS sight
I have got my first bow in 1976, but almost never shot it (30# for a ten year old is a bit much...).
In 1978 I joined a local archery club and learned how to shoot (properly) - I have shot ever since with more or less enthusiasm/time to spare.
- 1976 "Ben Pearson" one piece recurve 30# 62"
- 1978 various beginners bows
- 1979 Bear "Cat" 24#
- 1980 Hoyt Pro Medallist TD/2, yellow riser, 27#, 68"
- 1984 Hoyt Gold Medallist (one of the first sold in Germany...), 33#, 68"
- 1987 new limbs, 38#, 70" - these were OK, but broke
- 1988 the replacement limbs, 38# (officially), 70" - these really sucked (but it took years to realize that there were better alternatives)
- 1991 new riser - the old one was not up to shooting ACEs and broke
- 1995 Stylist Supreme (purple) long handle, Carbon Foam limbs (marked 38# 68") - ~40# at full draw 70", did not shoot that much for a couple of years :-(
- 2006 Samick Masters - ~50# at full draw (no problem with my revised shooting style) - I am finally back in business :-)
How to shoot well?
After all this time, I have been able to boil the answers down to exactly two crucial points:
- Practise basic form.
- Adjust your own attitude.
In earnest: As long as your stance and alignment is not spot on, there is no real point on working on the other aspects of your form. Once there many other things just fall naturally into place.
If you have the opportunity to study footage of Kim Soo-Nyoung's archery style - in 1988 she set _the_ standard; nowadays Park Sung-Hyun is as close as it can get to the perfect archery style.
If I could reach 50% of that form I would be shooting well in the 1300s - on a bad day. Right now I am barely at 1% :-(
"The Simple Art of Winning" and "Total Archery" are good supplemental reading.
90m 285 (1996, Koblenz, D)
70m 307 (2002, Wirges, D)
50m 301 (2002, Ampflwang, A)
30m 331 (1995, Koblenz, D)
FITA 1177 (2002, Ebersberg, D)
OR 605 (2002, Koblenz, D)
18m 546 (2000, Koblenz, D)
25m 553 (2005, Guildford, GB)
All regular tournaments/championship shoots.
Expect them to be blown away in 2006!