How I Learned to be a Wind Master...
In 1991 I competed in a tournament in Houston, TX that would prove to be the worst weather I have ever shot in. The first day started off with a thick fog that made 90m hard to see and within the first hour the rain started coming down. It started gently at first and then would stop for moment just long enough for the wind to pick up between the rains. When 70m shooting started, light hail began coming down and the temperature changed fast. Within a few ends the winds had picked up and gusts of 40 mph would come and go. The entire day was spent with temperatures changing constantly, the wind blowing heavily most of the day, and the rain just kept coming with down pours every 15 minutes.
When I learned about archery competitions I was quite surprised by the number of games there were that you could play. All I knew of archery competitions was the Olympic archery games and that was a very big target for me to aim for.
Every archer at some point has shot in the wind or rain. Only a rare few will say that they like the wind or rain. The reason why most do not like the wind is really simple. It is because it effects our shots. Plain and simple. The wind is an enemy for most outdoor shooters. You eat sand, eyes burn, the shot isn’t steady, and your hair is a total mess! So how do you enjoy shooting in the wind or rain?
A long time ago sports equipment was little more than just an instrument of the success of sportsmen. Racing cars for example were built with powerful engines, simple steering and brake horsepower to speed to victory kept in check with a few basic tools, lubricants and fuelling. Now today they have a vast array of gadgets and highly advanced technical components and on-board electronics. These features are vital in cutting down the number of seconds in a lap time and can enable them to break records unlike anything ever before.
Internet sensation “Dude Perfect” has done it again.
Known for posting ridiculous basketball trick shot videos, the Texas-based collaborative dropped the balls and picked up the bows for their latest offering.
To the inexperienced eye field and target archery might appear to be similar sports, but on further inspection glaring differences will begin to manifest. It’s true, both sports demand the same skills and techniques –a good target archer might prove to be a good field archer as well-and the same equipment is permitted. However, these two sports vary in their rules, settings, target faces and the distances applied between the targets and the archer.