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national champion who also has won 12
state titles. "The problem grows larger
when you continue to win because that
raises expectations even further."
Reedy, who has won five consecutive NFAA indoor state championships
and five straight Mid-Atlantic archery
championships said shooting poorly
can be hard for a competitive shooter
to deal with.
"It's important to shoot one arrow at
a time and not think of the outcome of
the match," he said.
Newkirk said there is a conscious
mind and a subconscious mind that affect shooting.
"If you allow the subconscious mind
to make the shot, you will make it," he
said. "The problem is when the conscious mind takes over aiming, and you
begin thinking about the shot, then you'll
likely miss."
Newkirk said golfers go through
pre-shot routines to keep the conscious
mind busy.
"Same thing in archery; you can't
think of anything but the shot routine or
you're done," Newkirk said.
Reedy said the best shooters have a
shot sequence they follow religiously to
keep them in the zone, and it's important
to keep up a certain rhythm while practicing or shooting competitively.
Newkirk and Reedy both agree the
first step to overcoming target panic is
recognizing the problem.
"Too many shooters are quick to
blame their equipment for their poor
shooting," Newkirk said. "They change
rests, arrows, releases - just about anything - before looking inward.

"To cure the problem, they must be
willing to admit they are the problem,
and then know what to do," he said.
Newkirk said many shooters experiencing target panic think they can work
through it by continuously shooting at
bull's-eyes. But that approach can have
a counter effect.
The best thing archers can do when
they can't hold the pin on the target, or
when they start punching the trigger, is
to forget about aiming and shoot standing a few feet from the bale.
The reason for this drill is to gain
back the confidence of a proper and
perfect shot routine without having to
concentrate on a target.
"You have to make sure your form
is perfect, so you don't care where the
arrow goes for now," Newkirk said.
It takes time, he said.
"Five minutes won't fix the problem,

When you can't shoot groups, or that
wayward arrow flies left or right, you could
be coming down with target panic.
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