Outdoor Life

BREAKING TRAD

I’m standing on the shooting line without my bow. Arm outstretched, I’m holding an arrow in my left hand, aiming its point at a target downrange.

“Don’t try to burn a hole in the target. Just look at the spot, and hold that arrow on it,” Tom Clum Sr. says. I let my mind go blank and point the arrow at the target. Tom pushes my arm, and the arrow comes smoothly back on target as if it’s moving on its own.

“Now try focusing hard and aiming,” he says. This time my movement is much more rigid and choppy as he pushes my arm, and I try to force it back on target. I’ve been at the range for less than an hour, and I’ve already learned my first lesson: the principle of a soft aim. A shooter can hold an accurate aim and be mentally

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