A big thing that hurts a lot of people is shooting in the wind, whether it’s their backyard or they are on a big stage at a World Cup shooting for Gold. The worst is when you feel like you just shot the best shot all day, and then it drifts over missing the spot you were shooting at. When you can't control the wind, you're left relying on a few good strategies.
While working in the archery shop and shooting tournaments, one of the most frequently asked questions I am asked is what draw stops I am using and why. Currently I am shooting the Elite Echelon 39. This bow is unique in the fact that the bow gives the archer both types of draw stops to choose from, either limb stops or cable stops. The draw stops on Echelon allow each archer to mold the bow into your own shot style.
#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.
Growing up bowhunting to now having a career in professional archery, draw length has always been critical factor in my bow setups. Whether it be because of me growing or just getting it fine-tuned to shoot more accurately, I have always had to adjust it. To me, draw length is one of the most important parts of a bow if not the most important part. It affects how the bow feels, your accuracy, and even how your bow tunes.
This is a topic that I have heard about so much over the years. The question is if you should shoot your bow at max poundage. In my simple answer, I have never really seen it matter in the slightest. I have had to back down a 70 pound bow before to the 60 pound limit set out by USA Archery and World Archery. I never saw a difference in my scores. Not in the slightest as a matter of fact.
Timing is basically making sure that your cams are in proper orientation as relating to each other. Setting your timing properly is one of the most crucial aspects as pertaining to the tenability and accuracy of a bow. Luckily, on your Elite bow it is extremely easy.
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.