When I hurt one of my draw fingers, shooting a 96 pound bow, I bought a release. A wrist strap thing with little jaws. It did not shoot anything like my fingers. I went left handed, no dominant eye, fairly ambidextrous any way, the transition for shooting was nothing. Learning how to walk through the woods with a left handed back quiver was something, I had to learn how be left footed as well. My finger has healed somewhat over the years and now I go back and forth all the time and I am shooting dual shooter bows. I have a couple of dandies for that. I borrowed my release to someone that had TP. He did not want my help. The first time he latched that little machine on his bow string it was absolutely amazing. He took a deep breath, he stood up straight, stuck the bow out and pulled it almost all of the way back and then he almost shot his entire drawing arm at the target. His draw switched off and the bow fired with him mechanically attached to it. A month later he came back, he had learned to hit the trigger before reaching anchor. He said, "This thing doesn't work right, help me." I traded his recurve for a Hill longbow that did not fit me or my arrows, but it was a perfect match for him. I made him a dozen net length target arrows. He no longer had his prized 30" draw, it was 27.5", which fit his 6'1" frame just right. We watched the Schulz video over and over. Then the Hill videos over and over. Finishing with John Schulz where he just shot a quiver load for form. I told him to keep that visual in his head. Then for a month, starting with what the college coach did for me years earlier and then just shooting for form and rhythm according to Schulz, at close range. That was a few years ago and a number of deer and small game since. When the TP tickles, he goes back to the initial ritual and it goes away. When compound shooters tell him that he is doing it all wrong and that he should get a compound, (the same thing happens to me), he does what I do, which is similar to what Hill did concerning recurves, "I am not good enough to shoot a compound accurately."
OK, I know that target panic is something tangible that comes out of nowhere. I am also a strong, strong believer that target panic is a mindset first that eventually manifests isself through behaviors. If behaviors follow cognitive processes, why is the first line cure directed at the effect and not the cause?
I know target panic, I was one of the unable to look at the target and draw panicers. Light bow, heavy bow, blind bale, it didn't matter; my string arm locked up. This was strinkingly simliar to Conversion Disorder. Treat target panic like a mental disorder and not a bad habit and results may be more positive. Better yet, put the bow down for a month or so and come back with a better attitude. No outside force is at work, target panic is created by the archer and only said archer can stop it.
-------------------- ***$ Brent Wallace $*** NRA Life Time Member Posts: 860 | From: Four Corner Area, Colorado | Registered: Feb 2008
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I first experienced TP with a compound & release. I was hoping the release would help (was shooting fingers before) but it made it worse. I put a number of pock-marks in the stucco wall outside my house, mushrooming a bunch of aluminum arrows after getting that thing (my target backstop was against the house).
-------------------- "A good hunter...that's somebody the animals COME to." "Every animal knows way more than you do." -- by a Koyukon hunter, as quoted by R. Nelson. Posts: 622 | From: CA | Registered: Sep 2016
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