Nothing Stays the Same . . . Nothing

I was watching the Memorial Golf Tournament this past weekend and one of the professional golfers, Dustin Johnson, mentioned that after two rounds in which he played fairly poorly, he saw a TV commercial he had made a while back when he was playing very, very well and recognized that he had changed his set up. So back out onto the practice range he went to get back to that set up and, bingo, he started playing well again.

“Instead of trying to emulate, to imprint on, some professional/elite archer, why not imprint on yourself, when you were shooting lights out?”

The point here is that, for archers as well as for golfers, nothing stays the same. Everything drifts . . . off. This is why so much practice is required. This basic fact behooves us to keep records. When we are shooting well, we need to take notes regarding our mental states, how our shot feels, everything we think is important. A series of still photos or a video can be invaluable. (A picture is worth how many words?)

Every high-powered sport is using video now. Baseball batters watch video of pitchers. Pitchers watch video of batters. Football players watch video of themselves and their opposition. Golfers watch video of their shots. Companies are now offering motion capture devices to add even more richness to the captured images.

Instead of trying to emulate, to imprint on, some professional/elite archer, why not imprint on yourself, when you were shooting lights out?

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