Pennsylvania Game News - December 2015 - 62

Working your way through a bout of target panic can be a humbling experience. But it is possible
to get yourself righted. It may, however, take some time.

because you have to reprogram the mind
to make and execute the proper shot sequence, and this could be a long process,
depending on how long you've had the
problem," Newkirk said. "The longer
you've had the problem, the longer the
recovery."
Newkirk said, years ago, when he got
a case of target panic, he began shooting
at a blank bale. Eventually, he placed a
bull's-eye on the bale and began shooting the target from 5 yards.
"At this distance, there was no problem holding the pin on the gold circle,"
he said.
He shot at the 5-yard distance until he
regained his shooting form and then began to move back gradually in 2½-yard
increments until he again was shooting
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at 20 yards.
Newkirk said time, tournaments and
the pressure of competition were sure
to cause a return of the problem, so he
switched from being a finger shooter to
using a back-tension release.
With a back-tension release, there is
no trigger to pull; the string is released
when the archer moves his shoulders
back, squeezing the rhomboid muscles
in the upper back.
The advantage of a back-tension
release is that the shooter doesn't know
when the shot will go off, so the anticipation of tripping the trigger is eliminated.
Anticipation causes anxiety, which can
be the kiss of death to accurate shooting.
"In most cases, a back-tension release eventually will cure flinching or



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