“And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.” – Genesis 21:20 (Click to Tweet)
Gabriel was my inspiration for getting back into archery. When we first got going, we were both relatively bad at it, but it didn’t take Gabriel long to jump ahead. He was a natural for instinctive shooting while I took the more technical path as a Gap shooter.
One day, over a year ago, Gabriel was struggling with his form. He couldn’t figure out why. I watched him shoot and quickly realized that he was not making his anchor point. He tried and tried, but could not make his anchor point with an arrow on the string. If you took the arrow off the string he would make it to anchor every time. We tried everything we could to fix it, a bow with lighter draw weight, aiming drills, different anchor points, we even switched from a glove to a tab. Nothing seemed to help.
Gabriel tried, over and over again, but he eventually lost interest and stopped shooting. Over the next year, Gabriel would try shooting again every other month or so. Still, he could not make his anchor point with a nocked arrow.
Way over a year passed from the time Gabriel lost interest in archery. He was going to the range with me on his bi-monthly, patronize Dad archery outings. He still had the same problem, so I reached out to the Veteran Archers and asked if they had an answer to his problem. In stereo, they shouted… “Target Panic!!.”
Target Panic? How could he have Target Panic and not know it? How can you have Target Panic for over a year? It didn’t make sense to me, but I went with it. I have read several articles on target Panic and I knew where to start… The Blank Bale.
Gabriel didn’t shoot much more that night, but two days later he was back at the archery range. This time he spent his time on the blank bale. For the first time Gabriel had some progress. A little of that passion for archery was alive again.
While he is still working on the issue, it’s nice shooting with my son again. Sharing our passion for the sport of Archery was always my favorite time together.