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KSdan
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So- I have been shooting trad for 35 years. Always been an athlete. Fundamentals and practice are a part of my life. I posted here on TG for many years. I have spoke to many guys here and beyond. . . Often even about shooting. I like Jay Kidwell's philosophy, spoke to Joel Turner a few times a few years back, spoke to Ken Beck, had 3-6 mos interaction with Arne Moe. . . and many others.

Here are my major observations and key question about the psychotrigger and shooting ideas. . .

OBSERVATIONS:

1) I see a newer trend in "my" exposure to trad hunting. That is: guys going to lighter poundage and learning to hold the anchor and more recent talk of "pyschotrigger" as developed by Joel, Rick Welch, and others.

2) Over the years I have observed many guys change something in their shooting- like going to left hand from right hand, learning to use a clicker, using to use a feather, lowering poundage, etc etc. In many of these cases the "change" also is reported as the final solution to their TP and accuracy.

3) Though most often unreported except by a few (like oldrubline here on TG), after a shift into a new style, tremendous practice, training, etc etc. they find a new control that INITIALLY seems to be the remedy. The "change" worked. HOWEVER- (and I have seen this for many years with MANY friends) in the moment of hunting (or even some competition shoot, 3D etc) they find themselves often falling BACK into some sort of "instinctive" shoot quickly style- almost automatically. (My story too BTW)

4) I have also posted here on TG about the entire style proposed by John Schulz ("Hitting 'Em like Howard Hill). John says that we need to decide- targets or hunting. The two do not mix. He further states that when shooting at animals, we would do better to learn to shoot "quicker". . . NOT anchor and static.

MY QUESTION: (for "Pyschotrigger Aficionadas!" [Smile] )

So- why can't the finger touching the corner of the mouth (choose your anchor even with secondary)like Schulz advocates actually BE THE PYSCHOTRIGGER?? In other words- rather than fighting this entire thing; i.e. holding, new pyschotrigger, needing to lower poundage, etc. (which I suspect Jay Kidwell would suggest will eventually create the same results again due to our brain wiring and anticipatory procedure (pavlov's dog).) Why not learn to shoot with a fluid motion, allowing your subconscious to release with hitting anchor as pyschotrigger?

I realize some will call this "snap" shooting. But I still can't see where a quick release and the corner of the mouth being the "pyschotrigger" is a complication. Further, I am not convinced that THIS IS what causes TP as much as what Jay Kidwell advocates which can occur with any method.

Your thoughts????
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Pulling to the corner of your mouth is not a "non-anticipatory" trigger. You can anticipate when you will touch the corner of your mouth unlike a clicker that is hard to anticipate. A clicker is the only trigger I have used that I can't anticipate.

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Thanks Matt. Here is my thought/conflict about your insight. . . It seems to me what begins as "non-anticipatory" will become "anticipatory" as long as you are in control and you repeat the process over and over (You don't have an outside source "coach" talking over your shoulder).

This is Kidwell's Sports Psych point. Your brain naturally learns these anticipatory processes (it happens in all sports. Its a completely natural way the brain works). Think Pavlov's dog. At first there is no response. But eventually it becomes learned. As my observation #3 suggests- I have watched dozens of friends over the years change a style or equipment and in short order claim release from TP. However- in time, their mind relearns the same process and the once "non-anticipatory" again becomes "anticipatory." I have literally watched friends repeat this learning process over and over every few years with new methods, new equipment etc.

Just my thoughts. Thanks for interacting. . . Keep it coming.

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Any trigger can be anticipated, including the trigger of a rifle and a clicker. Give a steady pull on either one and you know when it's going to go off. There is no reason finger to corner of mouth couldn't be a non-anticipatory psycho-trigger, if you pulled in such a way that it was uncertain when your finger would touch the corner of your mouth. It is very similar to feather to nose, one of Joel's psychotriggers. Feather to nose can be anticipatory or non-anticipatory, depending on how one pulls. The benefit of a non-anticipatory psycho-trigger is that it avoids preignition reactions, like flinching when you pull the trigger of a gun. They say that flinching is unavoidable, but through proper shot control, you can delay the flinch until after the bullet leaves the barrel.

I'd like to clarify one comment Dan made. Rick Welch is not a proponent of non-anticipatory psycho-triggers. He uses feather to nose as an anchor, not a trigger. Under Joel's method, the shot is released as soon as the shooter feels the feather touch the nose; under Rick's method, the feather touches the nose continuously during the approx 2 second hold. Rick's trigger is subconscious: he holds until "the shot goes off."

My own view of traditional archery is the same as my view of religion: there are many paths to salvation. Men have been shooting bows for at least 20,000 years, maybe 50,000 years. During all but a tiny fraction of that time, they had no idea of what target panic was, they didn't worry about preignition reactions, but they still managed to feed their families. I think target panic is a modern invention that is connected with the stress and complexity of modern life. That doesn't mean it isn't real, and maybe being a modern invention, it needs a modern cure.

Personally, I find that the Rick Welch subconscious release works better than a psychotrigger. But I studied Joel's method in depth, and learned a lot about the human mind. I'm sure his method works better for many people (or, as Joel would say, people work better for it) than a subconscious release, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in trying it.

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Somehow I just knew Dave would jump in here. . . . [Smile]
Thanks for the insights Dave- The clarification on Rick and Joel is helpful. After a variety of method tries I would say I am closer to Rick's style then (though not even close in his league!!). The entire time I "see" my imaginary "orange dot" while I think about the drawing and pausing at anchor for 1-2 (like 1.5 seconds in reality) I do not really think about "sight picture" per se. . all while the release is subconscious. I gave up trying to actually hold as it did not work for me on animals and it seems much harder on my shoulder (I assume that is why guys drop down in weight for these static styles).

As a side note: I professionally travel/teach nationally and Internationally on theology/philosophy. I can assure you all world-views are mutually exclusive. For another conversation in another place. . . [Smile]

Thanks
Dan in KS

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Not to hijack the thread here, but it would be interesting to see how many here on trad gang shoot with a psychotrigger and how many shoot without? I have been trying different triggers for years and am currently considering trying this season without any non anticipatory triggers.
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You should probably talk to Joel. Seems to be some misunderstanding of method. He can explain the mental mechanics behind TP extremely well and why using your finger in the corner of the mouth cannot be a non-anticipatory psycho trigger. The trigger is just a small part of the system and on its own doesn't amount to much.

I've been using Joel's method for several years now. I had every form of TP you can think of, from snap shooting, to freezing, to "drive by" releasing, you name it. Went from one type of TP to another, and as you said each new one worked... for a while. TP would creep back in though. After my worst case of TP I finally tried Joel's method from MBB vol. 4. Unlike the other methods, I could easily find the bugs in a bad shot. There was no mystery to missing anymore and I stopped having the "good day/bad day" swings for no reason.

Made plenty of mistakes along the way of course, including losing it at first when a deer showed up like you mentioned. That's the trouble with TP, it gets you under pressure. The problem wasn't the system though, it was me. I just wasn't making good shots. Years without a shot sequence were catching up to me. Nothing is a magic band aid; you have to work for it. Breaking a bad habit that's deeply ingrained isn't easy.

I don't put much stock in the "hunting vs. target" stuff either. A strong shooter can shoot well on both, and I've had the good fortune of shooting with enough great shooters that do so. Field shooting and 3d were designed for hunters, by hunters. Hill himself won almost two hundred field tournaments. That says a lot.

Plenty of ways to skin a cat and plenty of ways to shoot an arrow. Only way to really find out what works is to pay attention to one's own results and go from there. Something will either work for you, or it won't. The center of a stump, a paper face, and a buck's hair are all the same. A spot is a spot. For me, Joel's method is hands down the best thing I have done for my shooting, followed closely by dropping down in draw weight. As long as it keeps working for me I'll keep doing it!

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I have shot compounds all my life and for me the clicker relates to squeezing a trigger on a release. On a release I focus on slowly squeezing the trigger until it goes off. With the clicker I focus on slowly pulling. That's the only way I can shoot a recurve without TP and I have tried every method I could find.

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Great thoughts/input guys. . .

I have been off from shooting for 4 months due to a shoulder surgery. With the break I decided to revisit my shooting and reconsider all options. Thus the timing for this thread/post. . . Currently I am back on though with my full 55# @ 31" bow. Things are progressing well. .. .

I agree Kegan. . .I have only talked to Joel a few times and have NOT taken his seminars or personal training so I am SURE I do NOT know all he is seeking to communicate. But sounds like it has really worked for you. You got me thinking. . .

Matt- I used a clicker for years (and reconsider it as of late here). In time though I found the same mental anticipatory issue arising most profoundly in the heat of the moment on game. I would shoot without even noticing the clicker. Further, seeking to talk through a relaxed mantra in those split seconds on a moving 150" deer coming through the brush just did not work for me. There is just no way to simulate this in practice in my backyard! This is where the philosophy of John Schulz seemed to be more useful and realistic to me.

I do wonder if Joel's "brain discussion" is in the realm of study like Dr. Jay Kidwell- who is a Sports Psychologist ( I have a friend w a Phd in this field also who works with pro athletes and contracted with the PGA). Jay has 100% cure rate on TP for the Olympic archers he has worked with. I also have pro/collegiate athlete friends who use these mental training insights.

I will keep reading here. I REALLY appreciate the thoughts and discussion guys.

Dan in KS

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Dan, even with a compound when the pressure of a bull elk at 15 yards I have to talk myself through my shot, telling myself to "slowly squeeze." I see people all the time that jerk the trigger of a mechanical release like a snake striking. I can't even stand to watch it. The same with the clicker, you have to talk yourself through the shot and make yourself focus on the pulling and not the clicker going off. All Olympic archers shoot with clickers so that must mean something.

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Good thoughts Matt. Thanks. As I said I have been rethinking trying a clicker again. . . so you have me thinking. Only wish I could have THAT experience with a Bull Elk! Wowsa!! Very cool.

I am going to keep working on this. I even watched the training vids of the Olympic coaches posted on the Powwow. What I found fascinating there was they were teaching some fundamentals quite different from what we typically teach in the trad archery world; like the core posture for Olympians is to flatten the back and drop the chest- almost a slouch look. This is contrary to any of the trad instruction I have watched over the years that called for an "expansion" of the chest. They also teach a draw that stops short of the anchor- then transfers into the anchor and a hold. . .

At least for a few weeks as I continue to regain my shoulder and strength I am going to focus on Kidwell's mental regime, while using Arne Moe's rotational draw technique, and trying to allow my anchor to be a "trigger" as Schulz would suggest.

(In re-reading the above paragraph I almost sound kind of schizoid spaaz. . . Oh well. [Roll Eyes] )

Any more thoughts out there, I sure appreciate you taking the time.

Dan in KS

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Don't know much about Psycho triggers. I don't use one. I do come to a 3 point anchor, aim, commit to the shot.....THEN begin my expansion to conclusion, the release happens between those last 2 steps. Pretty happy with my form and process so I never wanted to change it to much.

Now if I start to develop problems then I would certainly try to implement it if I thought it would help.

I think if releasing as soon as your finger hits the corner of your mouth and you are happy with your shooting, then do that. Doesn't much matter what anyone else thinks. I spend a total of zero minutes worrying about what people think about how I shoot, or how others shoot.

Now, I must show my ignorance, I think John Schulz is a bowyer, if I am thinking of the right guy he was a Hill protege. So for him to say that you must choose target or hunting as they don't mix seems crazy to me, as his mentor (if I am thinking of the right guy) won a few hundred major tournaments, while simultaneously killing hundreds of game animals.

Every guy I know that competes in 3Ds and our winter spot shoots are doing it to become better shots at game. While I am sure there are some people that compete just for the enjoyment of competing, I don't personally know any. That one observation just didn't make any sense to me............but I've never been mistaken for a rocket scientist either,miso I may be understanding it wrong.

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John. Watch "Hitting Em like Howard Hill" by Schulz. YES. He is the definitive voice today on Hill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4kIpsoi6oY Look at 9:15.

Schulz: "I believe the most important words that Howard ever said to my brother Dan and me was, 'Boys, make up you minds want you want to do, hunt or shoot targets. Because the two just don't go together!'"

Watch the entire 1 hour series. There is a LOT of tremendous shooting philosophy there that is even contrary to much of the current discussion you see on archery websites. It is interesting for sure. . .

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I'll check it out now. Thanks, love learning about different perspectives of this awesome sport. Even the ones I don't fully agree with I can always find some little nugget to apply!

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Another Schulz quote:
"Static style won't get it . . . it amuses me so many bowhunters extend the arm and draw the bow back. That's tournament style. And I personally don't believe tournament style fits in the woods. . . You may make some hits under ideal conditions. . . those ideal conditions are few and far between. . . . most traditional bow hunters shoot lower scores on paper, but have a higher bowhunting success."

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