Source: Stick & String Adventures Podcast – Episode 27 – Archers Roundtable
The Continuing Conversation between
Jason Albert – The other thing is this… You have an uncle that’s been shooting for forty or fifty years. He’s going to tell you to buy this and buy that. Those recommendations are based on his experiences and preferences. They may be more expensive and they may not be what you want or what you end up wanting. So I say again, buy cheap. Join the clubs and tournaments and meet as many people as you can. Look at their equipment and figure out what it is you like about their stuff. What you don’t like about their stuff. Get their opinions and their assessments. Then make your own assessments from their.
Nick Viau – Once again, I am aligned with Jason here. You gotta love the older shooters that have been doing this for a long time. They truly are trailblazers. They’ve been doing this for a long time. I guess this goes out to them. Don’t be so stubborn as to what works for you that you try to work somebody else into that mold. New archer don’t just want to hear, “You gotta shoot this way.” or “You gotta do this. Why would you want to try this? Why would you want to do that because I’ve already been there. I’ve already make the mistake, I’ll save you the time.” No, that’s not the point. The point is that you want to make those mistakes. It’s those mistakes that make you go Down the path that you need to go to. The way you want to go.
“IT’S THOSE MISTAKES THAT MAKE YOU GO DOWN THE PATH THAT YOU NEED TO GO.”
If you just jump into it and do what everybody tells you to do and not experience anything for yourself… That takes half the fun out of it. I think a lot of people are guilty of that. I try to watch myself on that when I write and everything else. I don’t want to influence somebody to do something just because I’ve done it. I don’t want to be that way thirty years from now either. People look up to you and you command somebody’s attention, then don’t force them into doing something, and don’t shake your head at their decision. Respectfully let them do what they’re going to do. Give them a fair warning, “This is what happened to me, it could happen to you, but it might not.” Then just let them go their own way.
Ned Miller– I think one pure example of that is… Go to any 3D tournament or any competition at all. Everybody has different bows, everybody has different arrows, and we all seem to be hitting the target. So, I think that speaks a lot to the fact that there is no “One Path”
Jason Albert – Absolutely. Not to mention the shooting styles. You have instinctive, gapping, face walking, string walking. Just because this one guy here shoots like Howard Hill doesn’t mean that it is going to be the right style for me.
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