Elite Archery's engineers and design teams are constantly pushing through barriers of what the industry thought was possible from a finish and decoration standpoint. Last year, the collective teams brought the Echelon Independence series of bows to life, resulting in an unprecedented wave of demand that made us ask - what can we do next? Enter: Green Mantis.
Elite Archery unveils the newest addition to the Ritual family: the Ritual 35. The 35-inch axle to axle offering has been a popular staple in the Elite lineup. Adding the smooth efficiency of the Ritual system has delivered rave reviews from early users.
#TeamElite's Alexis Ruiz knows a thing or two about winning. She placed atop outdoor and indoor podiums throughout 2018 (including the coveted Vegas Shoot championship and most recently her World Archery gold in Macau) and has her sights set high for 2019 as part of USA Archery's women's compound team. She's figured out what works for her indoor setup and shares below how it all came together.
I get more messages and questions on this subject than any other. People always want to know how a pro practices, what their mental game is and how to handle nerves. I can personally tell you that I shot more than I ever have this past season, but it turned out to be the longest and worst year that I have had as a pro. Due to this, it was an extremely mentally draining year and my confidence suffered. Notice that I said that I shot more and not that I practiced more. There is a HUGE difference between shooting and practicing. Your mental game isn’t only something that you use in tournaments; it is also something that you use in practice.
Bows have evolved. They have gotten faster, more efficient and lighter than ever before. With every new improvement in bow technology a wave of new tuning requirements arise. As a professional shooter I earn my paycheck from being able to understand and adapt to the new equipment. Tuning has become an everyday thought that passes through my mind. How can we make it better? What can I do to change it? Is there something I’m overlooking that is right in front of me? These kinds of questions are how new product comes to fruition and how problems are solved.
Before I dive into this article, I want to start with a simple thank you to everyone who has reached out to me over this past week. As many of you know, I live about 15 minutes due north of Panama City Beach. Hurricane Michael hit this past week and I can promise you that what you see on television and in pictures doesn’t even compare to the actual thing. We were extremely fortunate that our house remained intact. With entire towns being wiped out, places that I grew up in, you can’t take anything for granted. The most important thing is that our family and friends are okay. The support we have received from those in the archery community has been overwhelming, with many opening their homes to us if need be. We are truly blessed to be able to be a part of a community like this and have made the friends we have.
I’m not even going to lie to you. This past season when I went to Seven Springs for the OPA shoot I was riding that struggle bus hard. After I had moved to Texas last September, I started going out all of the time and neglected the gym. Coming off a good year in 2017 when I only left the top 10 twice, and made a few shoot downs, I let myself go physically whereas I had been going to the gym three times a week before I moved. I was extremely out of shape, and that not only affected my physical capabilities with shooting, but it also made it to where I was on more of a mental grind to get through a round.
Most target shooter's season's are coming to an end, including that of Darrin Christenberry's with the conclusion of IBO World's - but that doesn't mean arrows stop flying. He, like many others, have tags to fill. So how does he transition from one season to the next? Here are some great tips from the man himself.
Elite Archery prostaff manager Darrin Christenberry knows a thing or two about a lot of things in archery - but there's one element in common across the board: judging yardage is his thing and he's mastered it through the years. Below, he discusses the learned sport and technique of judging yardage, and how he adjusted his judging strategies throughout the years to advance his game.