It is not unusual for ordinary archers to have a drill “prescribed” to them by a club member or club coach. This drill is designed to help an archer get “better.” The archer, glad for the information does the drill a couple of reps and then drops it. It doesn’t get repeated.
So, what’s wrong with that archer?
In our programs we distinguish between recreational archers and competitive archers. And, no, for those of you getting exercise leaping to conclusions, becoming a competitive archer does not happen because you go to competitions. It comes down to motivation. Recreation archers, by our reckoning, are shooting for fun … only. A sign of this state is that recreational archers do not do drills no matter how promising or highly recommended. Drills are not fun. In fact, drills are repetitive and boring. Competitive archers will do drills if they think they will help make them better, get better scores, for example. Serious competitive archers can’t do enough. They’ll undertake diet controls, physical training (gym sessions), mental skills training, you name it. They cannot be given enough to do and boring is fine by them.
So, what is wrong with recreational archers?
Absolutely nothing. In fact, I am one now (again) and I agree with their stance: I am doing this just for fun (again) and if it weren’t fun, why would I do it? On the other hand, part of the fun for competitive archers is being competitive and even winning. Recreational archers think winning would be cool, but it is not their main motivation.
So, if you are a recreational archer or you work with them, there is one thing you need to know: #1 Is this archer (Am I) a recreational archer or competitive archer? If they are a recreational archer and you think they are interested in getting better, give them something fun to do. Turn a drill into a game. Set up two of your students in a contest of some archery skill, so they will both focus on what they are doing and possibly improve something. But, never ever give a recreational archer a standard, boring drill … unless, unless you suspect them of becoming a competitive archer, in which case, such a drill is a test (This is only a test! If this were a real …). If they end up doing that drill (and repeating it another time or two), then you know that they may be making the transition from recreational to competitive status.
If they don’t do the drill … what is wrong with that student? Absolutely nothing. Coach just made a poor recommendation, that’s all.