I was reading a commercial blog on “how to beat target panic” which consisted of personal testimony from an individual claiming he did. Here is part of what he wrote:
How I Beat Target Panic
I ultimately beat target panic by putting all the information together from the articles that I read and the people I talked with and formulated the best plan for me. I started by shooting at a big target up close. I shot until I couldn’t miss. At that point, I moved the target back a few yards and shot at that distance until I couldn’t miss. I did this again and then repeated it until I no longer had a fear of holding my pin in the middle and could make a good clean shot every time.
No matter which path you choose, just know that target panic will take a lot of determination and practice to overcome, but it is possible.
Target Panic Just Happened
For me, I don’t remember when my target panic started; it just happened. I didn’t realize what it was and suffered through it for a few years. It wasn’t until I heard people in the industry talking about it that I put two and two together and realized that I had it.
His cure “I started by shooting at a big target up close and so on . . .” is what is called a bridge program which I contend must be part of any effort to contain target panic, but it is just one of six steps I recommend to address in a TP treatment.
I appreciate the author’s effort, but to distill a TP treatment regimen down to a bridge program is what I would call really bad advice. And, the problem is that the information available to archers is larded with these kinds of things. When I did my extensive search for information on TP (hundreds of books, dozens of magazine articles, dozens of videos, etc.) I estimated that over 90% of what I found to be useless. Here’s a small sample:
• “Lots of good advice for you here, Try it all and see if it works.”
• “There are many ways to fix this form slump: #1 don’t panic and #2 just shoot the bloody thing.”
• “Try a “pull back” triggerless release like the Carter Evolution.”
We still do not know what causes target panic, but that doesn’t stop people from stating their opinions (including me):
“In my opinion, no matter how you experience target panic, it all stems back to a fear of missing the target that just got out of hand.”
This is the opinion of the blogger above. And, I repeat, “We still do not know what causes target panic.”
I have been hammering away for years trying to get our archery organizations to use their standings with colleges and universities to take up questions such as these, e.g. ‘What causes target panic?” and “What is target panic?” and “How should target panic be treated?” to see if we could get some definitive answers, instead of just a series of opinions (over and over and over . . . ).
If you get a chance to add your voice to the call for such research studies, we will all benefit if they are answered.