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What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

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Re: What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

Postby Steertalker » Thu May 29, 2008 1:42 pm

Spider 1,

I'm not sure if you were asking me or Tom your question so please excuse me if it was directed at Tom. But to answer your question, I shoot the bale every other day. I have a series of drills, as per Len Cardinale, that I go through. I only work on targets twice a week. Weekends are for fun shooting like shooting doves off the fence line or shooting cow chips on my place.

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Re: What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

Postby oscar » Thu May 29, 2008 2:28 pm

Tradarcher, Thanks. I appreciate you taking the time to post this. oscar
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Re: What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

Postby PAarcher » Thu May 29, 2008 2:38 pm

So the bale is much like the one hole drill with the pistol. Got it.
I'll go build one ASAP.
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Re: What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

Postby southpawshooter » Thu May 29, 2008 5:28 pm


Just wanted to say I look forward to your 'straight shooting' (pun intended, LOL) advice. I've missed your candidness and can assure you this is THE place to do it. I've always been told the bale was to be done with eyes closed and that just never made sense to me. The sight picture for me is a cue that things are aligned properly. Without it I cannot judge the benefit of a change to form. I'm glad to hear the opposing view, I thought I was the only one! Kinda felt like a freak there, if you know what I mean!
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Re: What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

Postby TradArcher » Thu May 29, 2008 7:45 pm

Southpaw...and anyone else, please ask anything that sticks in your craw, even a little. If one isn't sure about what you're reading then I need to communicate better or maybe just differently....but am more than happy to do so. :D

PS-I'll be out makin money tomorrow, most of the day. I will get back to this in the late afternoon or early evening.FYI

Re: What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

Postby Bender » Thu May 29, 2008 8:01 pm

I blank bale shoot already. I have taken to doing it with eyes closed because once I get an arrow into the target or the blank face gets marked with holes, I find myself falling back onto concentrating on aiming, rather than examing my shot sequence or form. Do you really think eyes open/ closed does matter? Think maybe I should go back to doing it eyes open?
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Re: What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

Postby rwsbow » Thu May 29, 2008 8:32 pm

Great stuff so far...

But I enjoy the "feeling" of the shot with my eyes closed.. feeling the anchor lock in,feeling the tension across my upper back,feeling all the tension explode on release ..and after a dozen or so shots, everything is ready to go with eyes open and aiming...just my personal routine...not saying it's right, just what works for me...but I'm all ears when it comes to trying something new!!

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Re: What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

Postby Jim Casto Jr » Thu May 29, 2008 8:52 pm

TradArcher wrote:Next, while some say they shoot the bale with eyes closed, I don't recommend that AT ALL.

Me too guys. It's difficult for me to keep from picking a darn spot on the blank bale. If I close my eyes I can seem to feel the shot better. I'm going to have to work (again) on trying it with my eyes open.
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Re: What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

Postby cst » Thu May 29, 2008 10:01 pm

I shot the bale some a while back with my eyes closed. Busted up some arrows. You are really close when you are doing this. It is hard not to miss. As to concentrating on aiming, isn't that part of the shot? I still close my eyes sometimes when I am drawing to anchor, just to feel the shot, but I open right up again.

Tradarcher, thank you for this.
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Re: What's it take to execute a "Good shot"?

Postby John » Thu May 29, 2008 11:53 pm

I use a blank bale when I want to ingrain/reinforce a particular element of my form,,,and when I need to correct something that has been slipping.
I resently started bringing my fingers back to touch my shoulder on release,that took several days of blank bale work to fully ingrain to the level that it's now an automatic part of my form.
An example of correcting things is like this,I found I was starting to release before I was settled on target properly.
So over the next couple of days I practiced coming to full draw an either letting down or shooting well after I'd gained my sight picture/feel for the shot.
To me,where the arrow ends up doesn't matter,,as long as it's not stuck in the back fence that is :mrgreen:
It's just about ingraining something,and it's the best an shortest way of doing that I've ever been taught.
Great thread,let's hear more I can work on.
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