Overcome Archery Target Panic & Master Performance

Tap Into Your Inner Calm While Shooting

Archers have found there is a way of simultaneously improving all areas of performance, while overcoming recurring barriers such as target panic.

With most archers I have worked with over the past two decades, the solution was always at the very control center of your physical performance, your subconscious.

So if you experience any of these..

  • target panic
  • anxiety of holding in the middle, or
  • shooting poorly under pressure ..

Mental training is the key - even if just overall improvement is your goal, rather than specific areas.

Better still - you customize it to suit your own personal, exact situation and needs.

As much as people try - issues such as target panic, which is an involuntary action (much like "the yips" in golf) and often called a form of self-sabotage - lie outside of your conscious control, and cannot be overcome with sheer practice and determination.

These involuntary actions may include locking up below the middle of the bullseye, not being able to bring the sight to the middle, or being unable to do so without shooting prematurely.

This is a type of inner anxiety which can often sabotage performance through involuntary muscle contraction - which inhibits their level of control when getting the sight to the bullseye, before releasing.

Mental training is extremely effective as it allows you to work directly at your the 'control panel' of your archery - as archers ultimately find that additional practice, motivation and determination have no effect upon this particular issue with performance.

Target panic affects most archers at some level, and operates much like a computer program, running in the background as you are shooting - and creating these unintended and involuntary reactions which hinder performance.

  Keys to Success

Anxiety cannot be overcome or changed through lessons, pep talks, motivation, determination, extra practice, watching instructional videos, etc - as involuntary reactions can only be changed at the source (ie. the 'subconscious' level).

This is the exact place that mental training targets - and why it works.

For this reason, as mentioned before - target panic is often compared to the 'yips' in golf, being a similar type of involuntary response, which cannot be controlled or overcome through conscious means.

Hypnosis allows archers to more easily relax and bring their sight to the middle of the target - and calmly hold it there without anxiety, while executing their shot.

It can also re-program the mental software running within the subconscious (including 'muscle memory') - which allows you to easily hold the bow steady, effortlessly hold in the middle, and see the target with eagle vision.

This occurs when your archery performance flows directly from the subconscious, instinctively on auto-pilot.

Mind Training Benefits

Mental Training Benefits:

* Overcoming and re-programming target panic (and other self-sabotage) at the very source

* Pre-program your shot sequence using visualisation to reinforce successful technique

* Remaining cool while executing your shot

* Hypnotic suggestion to reinforce your ability to hold the bow steady, and hold in the middle while executing the shot

* Increasing inner belief and self confidence

* Handling self doubts and negative self talk that arise before and during tournaments

* Deeper concentration, ignoring distractions

* Competing more often at the peak of your powers

Hypnosis has shown to work effectively for these particular issues, though you can also try some hypnotic techniques yourself - such as mental imagery.

This is where you mentally imagine your strongest performances when in a relaxed state - often used best at night or when you first awaken, so you are in the most receptive frame of mind to program your inner computer.

This would need to be done on a regular basis to make an impression at the deeper level of mind, which can influence performance - otherwise you may be better seeking out some guidance, in the form of either audio recordings (which we do, as well as customized versions) or seeing a hypnotherapist or sports psychologist.

Just like your physical performance - the more you work at the mental side, the better you become - and the stronger your results.

See below for more information and mind-training products.

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* Audio - 'The Power of Visualisation & Belief'
- Craig Townsend explains how these transform performance.

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