The Competitive Archer
Paperback: 224 pages
Price … £20 but can vary wildly
Written by one time UK Olympic archer Simon Needham, this book includes input from thirty-five top international and Olympic archers about their methods for success.
This is not a book for the faint hearted, casual or even intermediate archer. This book is not about form and technique but more about everything an archer needs for success EXCEPT actually shooting. It assumes you can already do that. It’s all about targeting practical advice to archers showing them a path to success in their competition performance. Taking them from keen weekend competitors to top athletes in the world arena.
Sort of help you’ll find here is how to set goals and then prioritize those goals, planning training and competition schedules, incorporating mental practices into your training, fine-tuning of archery equipment, advanced training, shooting practices and techniques to evaluate progress. You need to be a full on obsessive archer with megalomaniac dreams of medal success to benefit from this.
On the down side, this is a very high level book. Some of the techniques are not applicable to us mere mortal archers and you really do have to be absolutely focused on archery as a way of life to get the best out of this book.