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|Here is a picture of me shooting outdoors at our range in Montrose. Quite a rare photo, as I dont shoot outdoors much. Quite nice weather for Scotland! Maybe the camera settings should be changed, but then again, I didnt take the picture!!!|
I like the newsgroups. It a good arena to air views on matters, to get help or to give it to other archers.
I shoot a Hoyt Super Pro compound. It is a great bow, it is basically the old Hoyt Superstar riser combined with the new Carbonite XL target limbs and renamed for 1997. The eccentrics are new Hoyt high let off wheels, very round. The bow is supposed to be ideal for FITA archers - I just love it, possibly the first bow I have ever truly liked. I shoot with a unique stabiliser, it was a Greenhorn tri-rod, but I put in longer arrow shafts and drilled holes for a fourth rod down the centre. I also tapped the end so I could add more weights. The results - a 34" rod with brilliant dampening properties. I use a Barner drop away rest (see below). I shoot Easton ACC's, the best arrows I have shot. I have tried ACE's, but I think they are too light. I *may* experiment with the new Hyperspeeds indoors this year, but I am definately staying away from linecutters - my superstar riser does not give a great deal of cutaway/clearance for large diameter shafts. I use a Chek-It sight - which hasnt broken yet, been using it for a year now. My scope, a superglow II by SA is brilliant, no problems there.
I originally started back in 1993, I shot recurve back then. I changed to compound early 1995 after finding it difficult to shoot using my fingers (I now use a release aid). I have shot a number of competitions, not had very good results but I enjoyed myself and I enjoy my archery. I hope to complete my first outdoor competition this year, but alas I have had an injury (healed up now though).
I have stopped shooting now, at the tender age of 24, due to some health problems, which I will not bore you with - but I still like to help out.
As you may have noticed, I shoot from a wheelchair. For many years I have listened to able-bodied coaches and good archers. Their techniques, while fine for people standing, are IMHO no use for disabled archers.
I have developed my own style, unothodox maybe, but it works for me. Some differences -
A low nocking point, and therefore to give clearance I use a drop away rest.
A higher peep sight - a must as my arrow is starting on a lower trajectory.
For some unknown reason, I like to shoot with a straight arm, but due to the pain I am learning to shoot with a slight bend.