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Nathan Brooks: Target Panic Drills

Jun 21, 2019 9:14:22 AM / by Nathan Brooks posted in Pro Tips

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Being consistently accurate is what all bowhunters, target archers and recreational shooters desire. Unfortunately, most believe it is related to their equipment when they are struggling. And it’s just a guess but I’d venture to say that 95% of all upgrades in purchases of equipment are driven by the mentality of “it will make me better.”  

Buying accuracy is something that is legitimate; you can purchase better equipment and shoot better scores by becoming more accurate. But I think the question that really needs to be asked first is: “am I as accurate with my current equipment as possible?” 

Most of the time that answer is NO!

But, would you use another piece of equipment more consistently which will bring more accuracy?

Soul searching is always a good thing, and being completely honest with ourselves is sometimes really hard to do. Or it could be that we aren’t even sure what being completely honest with ourselves is even about when it comes to archery. From this point I could go in a number of directions with this article but I want to focus in on one area: Target Panic!

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Darrin Christenberry: Best Releases for Target Panic

Jun 12, 2019 11:23:31 AM / by Darrin Christenberry posted in Pro Tips

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Target panic to me, is a mental issue that is just a fear of failure. It basically is just the inability to put your sight pin on the target and execute a shot without anticipation of missing. Some people start shooting a bow with target panic and some archers develop it over time - either way, it's extremely common and most archers will face it at one time or another.

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Chance Beaubouef: Target Panic

Jun 5, 2019 2:40:39 PM / by Chance Beaubouef posted in Pro Tips

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He has more than 35 national wins under his belt with a bowhunting career to match - so you can bet Elite Archery's Chance Beaubouef has seen it all, including target panic. We asked Chance to weigh in on the topic and share what he thinks is the root cause of this all-too-common problem, and more importantly: how to solve it.

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Pro Tip: New Release Options

Dec 27, 2018 8:54:00 AM / by Chris Hacker posted in Pro Tips

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When choosing releases there are a lot of questions to be asked. Are you looking for a wrist strap release, a hinge, a thumb trigger? Maybe you’re a hunter struggling with target panic and need a hinge style to hunt with.  

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Pro Tips: Hinge Click or No Click

Dec 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Justin Hannah posted in Pro Tips

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As a pro archer for Scott Archery, I'm often asked if I use a click or no click on my hinge release. Personally I shoot a click on my hinges, because I use the click to start my shot. What I mean by that is I draw back and start getting into my anchor and my release should click, at that point I start aiming and going through my shot. Doing this helps me start from the same point each shot and I also do not waste any time aiming. 

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Thumb Button vs. Back Tension

Dec 14, 2018 8:13:00 AM / by Braden Gellenthien posted in Pro Tips

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For as long as I’ve shot archery, there has always been a debate over which release is “better”; a hinge-style back tension release or a thumb button or even an index finger activated one. Each release has its own pros and cons and I’d like to walk you through them and provide my own thoughts about which is best under which scenarios.

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Pro Tips: Finding the "Right" Release Fit

Dec 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Emily McCarthy posted in Pro Tips

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In my opinion, a surprise release creates the most accurate results. That’s why I choose to shoot a back tension style release. A person can execute all different styles of releases (hingewrist strap, or thumb button) with true back tension, causing surprise releases. However, when choosing a new release, you’ll want to find one that fits very comfortably in your hand. Generally, a smaller hand will feel more comfortable with a smaller release. Consistency is very important part of ones shot, so pick the most comfortable releases and learn to shoot it the same—until you can reproduce the same feeling release over, and over, and over again.

Emily's top picks: Advantage, Mini Advantage

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Pro Tips: Setting Hunting Releases

Nov 29, 2018 10:20:00 AM / by Garrett Ayersman posted in Pro Tips

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Setting a release for hunting can be a fairly simple process. There are so many different releases out there and so many different ways to set them, but it all comes down to comfort. Being comfortable with a release to hunt with is just like being comfortable with a release to compete with, or even just practice with in your back yard. I personally use a Scott Longhorn Hunter in the woods and I set it as close to my tournament release as possible. That way my shot process stays as close to what I do all year round for benefits on both ends.

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Pro Tips: Hunting Release Options

Nov 21, 2018 11:35:00 AM / by Chance Beaubouef posted in Pro Tips

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Over the years I have shot all different styles of releases for hunting. A few years ago, I began shooting the Scott Longhorn Hex, and fell in love with it. I’ve had great success with all different types of hunting releases, but the Hex keeps me honest when the moment I’ve been waiting all fall for finally comes. I spend most of my time practicing and competing with a hinge style release or a “back tension” and the Hex gives me the same feel of a hinge. The Hex is a mixture of a hinge style and a wrist strap release and is designed with a wrist strap with a rope lanyard that attaches to a pivot point on the release. This pivot point allows the release to be drawn without the worry of a misfire. This is exactly the style of release that I was looking for.

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Pro Tips: Switching to Handheld Releases

Nov 12, 2018 5:30:00 PM / by Stephen Altizer posted in Pro Tips

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I started shooting a bow at the age of 16, and just like everyone in my town, started with a wrist strap release, as we were limited to the inventory that the local dealer offered (there were no BassPro, Cabela’s, Walmarts) no options for us to even try to play with a different style of release. I shot my first ASA in Roanoke,VA 25 years ago and that was when I was able to pick up my first hand held release at one of the vendors there. Now 25 years later, you can go to any sporting goods and they are everywhere.

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