If you don't focus on a breathing technique in your shot sequence, Randy Ulmer might help you understand why it is a good idea.
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One of the basic principles to become an accomplished archer is to build a shot. That means to understand the different components of a shot sequence and to develop a routine prior to each shot. Archers focus on the bow hand, stance, draw, and release when performing their shot sequence. Many experienced archers also use a breathing technique when aiming to help improve the accuracy of their shot.
Incorporating an archery breathing technique into your shot is important for several reasons. One, your muscles need oxygen when drawing and holding your bow
. If you are able to oxygenate your muscles they will perform at a higher level. Secondly, using an archery breathing technique also incorporates another step in your shot sequence. By adding another step into your shot sequence it will help to create consistency in your shot. Finally, breathing is a great way to calm the mind. When kids get upset what advice are they given but "take a deep breath." If you incorporate a breathing pattern into your shot you are automatically building in a buffer against buck fever and target panic.
Watch this brief video as Randy Ulmer explains the archery breathing technique he uses.
If anybody is qualified to give advice on archery breathing techniques it is Randy Ulmer
. Not only is he an accomplished target archer, but he has proven his mettle in the hunting world as well. He has several target archery world titles and indoor titles, and has earned a reputation for annually harvesting big elk and mule deer. You don't win world titles or kill big mature animals by accident. Think of the high pressure a world title shoot produces. We all know how a case of buck fever can break a man, think about if you had a state record elk screaming in the thin mountain air. Ulmer has overcome both situations, and using a breathing technique has definitely helped.
If you are an avid shooter and have not been focusing on your breath, maybe its time to start integrating one into your shot sequence. If you battle target panic or buck fever it is definitely time. Perhaps you are a new archer and just learning the ropes. If you start early by including an archery breathing technique into your shot you'll surely see the payoff down the road.
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