If you live near coastal North Carolina and Virginia, it is difficult to find archery ranges. Josh, William, and I had the opportunity to shoot our bows on a local range in Suffolk, Virginia. The range wasn’t fancy, but it was doable for what we were wanting to do. We were just happy to find a place to shoot, to be honest.
Last month, Josh and I decided to shoot for Hoyt this year. We wanted to try something a little different. I ended up getting the Hoyt Eclipse which, to be honest, shoots better than the Mathews Prima. Don’t get me wrong, the Prima shot well, but it didn’t fit me well. Since shooting the Eclipse, my shots have improved.
While at the range, my goal was to practice my form and stay as consistent as possible. I shot my first arrow at 30 yards. When I drew back my second arrow, I aimed where my first arrow was sitting. As soon as I released the second arrow, there was a loud crack. We all knew what that loud sound meant…a robin hood.
If you’re not familiar with archery, a robin hood is when an arrow enters into another arrow shaft. Some archers call this a success. Others see it as money going out the window (arrows are not cheap!). This occurrence doesn’t happen very often because it is difficult to shoot the exact same way every time. There’s a lot of factors that can affect your shot…the weather, your anchor, your follow through, etc.
So how did I feel about this robin hood?
There were some good feelings toward that robin hood. First of all, I’ve never had a robin hood further than 10 yards. At 30 yards, that says something. Within the last few years, it has been a journey to get myself shooting the proper way. It’s also taken me a long time to learn how to focus and train my mind to trust the process in the shot. That robin hood told me that I’ve become comfortable with my shots.
Having better equipment built my confidence in my shots. The Eclipse fits me a lot better than the Prima did. It’s lighter in weight and the grip fits my small hand. Last year, I had a lot of issues with the grip on the Prima. I was torquing my bow so much last year. Having a smaller grip gives me a better grip while drawing the arrow back. Less torque means fewer left and rights. It also has a smoother draw cycle which also gives me indication when I’m creeping on my shot before I release my arrow.
This year, I’m feeling more comfortable and confident in my shots. Although I won’t be competing much this year, I look forward to getting out and slinging some arrows. It’s still a passion of mine that isn’t going to die any time soon.