As trad archers, we hear about target panic all the time. I suffered bad for more time than I want to admit. Once I started to make progress I began to research it more. My research was limited to traditional archery only.
Now I'm left wondering: Are we the only shooters who suffer from this? I grew up shooting rifles and firearms. My job requires that I qualify yearly with a handgun. I shot a compound for a few years. In other words, I was always shooting SOMETHING almost all my life. NEVER did I have any trouble until I started shooting my self bows. And I've never heard of a rifle shooter or a handgun shooter suffering from target panic.
In the few years that I shot a compound, I never heard of it either.
Are stick bow shooters the only ones who suffer or does this disease show itself in other shooting activities as well?
If not, WHY? If so, what are the symptoms?
Posts: 336 | From: Youngstown,Ohio | Registered: Aug 2005
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It shows up in many places and C bow shooters are not immune either. They experience flinching, uncontrolled release activations,freezing up off target etc. In Golf, it is called the "yipps." Gun shooters get the flinching problem big time.
WE see it as a result of the fact that our bodies do not like to be under stress so we try to get rid of the stress quickly. Oly style target shooters also experience it but with the good form and thought mechanics training they get it is very much reduced. WE "trad" shooters often experience it because we are largely self taught and end up shooting too much weight and holding it (incorrectly) with our muscles rather than getting it braced on our bones. So the stress level is high and our "system" says, "Let's get rid of this right now."
You would be surprised at some of the really big names that struggle with various forms of TP.
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