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“The core”

Nowadays, “strengthening the core” has become a very popular concept among various populations ranging from elite athletes to chronic pain patients. the concept at heart is a good one-the idea that having a stable base to operate from makes one a more efficient mover. However, there are quite a few popular misconceptions present, particularly in athletes, regarding what having a stable core really means.

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Team USA’s Matthew Scotch leads with 56 total inches of fish after day one of three days of competition in Hobie Fishing World Championship 6 action out of Leeville, Louisiana. Scotch, who qualified via the Hobie Bass Open, tallied a 38-inch redfish and an 18-inch seatrout in windy conditions that ended with 7 members of Team USA in the top ten of the leaderboard.

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Join Elk101.com owner, Corey Jacobsen, as he walks you through a step-by-step process for building a DIY, 36″ x 36″ archery target that will last for years. And you can do it for under $50! Visit www.elk101.com for more elk and elk hunting information.

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When the shot of a lifetime presents itself, we expect our archery equipment to terminally perform. In this episode from Pursue The Wild, Tips From The Wild, Kristy Titus shares a few basic maintenance tips that will keep your bow and equipment functioning at optimal levels, despite the abuse that our equipment endures while afield.

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Archery is for everyone because it’s a personalized experience, featuring different disciplines and bow types to match your interests and personality.

Do you want to ride a horse and shoot a recurve bow? You can do that. Do you want to take a hikeand shoot targets with a compound bow? You can do that, too. Or you can just relax and have fun shooting arrows in your backyard.

Personalizing archery includes choosing the right bow for you. Do you want to shoot recurves, crossbows, compound bows or all three? The choice is yours alone because one bow isn’t any better than the others. All are fun to shoot, and each has unique characteristics that make it special. With so many options, there’s a bow for everyone.

RECURVE BOW

Recurve bows are the only bows the Olympics allow. Many archers also shoot recurve bows in field archery and 3-D archery, and when bowhunting with higher poundage bows. Photo Credit: USA Archery via Facebook

Recurve bows have graceful curves and classic good looks. They’re the iconic bow you’ve seen in movies like “The Hunger Games” or in the hands of Olympians like Brady Ellison. Even though Katniss’ bow in “The Hunger Games” doesn’t look like Ellison’s, they’re both recurves and both are awesome.

Recurves offer many options. They’re available from classic wooden bows to modern recurves made of metals, fiberglass and carbon fibers. Recurves can be shot with or without sights. If you shoot a recurve without sights it’s called “barebow” archery. With so many types of recurve bows available, shoot as many as you can to help decide which bow best fits your needs.

Shooting a recurve is relaxing and puts you in touch with archery’s roots. It’s a Zen-like experience that melds mind and body into one fluid action. Recurves are such fun to shoot that they feel like a natural extension of the body.

CROSSBOW

A crossbow’s mechanical latch holds and locks the bowstring in place, rather than the archer holding the bowstring at full draw with physical strength. They also have a mechanical trigger and can be fitted with magnified telescopic sights for precise aiming. Photo Credit: Paul Sherar

Crossbows possess an undeniable cool factor. Although historical in design, they look futuristic and they’re fun to shoot. Maybe that’s why zombie hunter Daryl Dixon from “The Walking Dead” chose the crossbow.

Crossbows have many features that separate them from recurves and compounds. For instance, archers don’t hold a crossbow at full draw. Crossbows have a mechanical latch that holds the bowstring for you. That means you can take more time to aim, even though your arm supporting the crossbow’s forend will tire soon enough. Crossbows also have a mechanical trigger and can be fitted with magnified telescopic sights for precise aiming.

These design features give crossbows a shorter learning curve, which means you can start shooting bull’s-eyes faster.

COMPOUND BOW

Compound bows are known for their widespread use in field and 3-D archery, and bowhunting. Many archers also shoot compounds in target archery. Photo Credit: USA Archery via Facebook

Compound bows are a compromise between recurves and crossbows, in that they’re easier to shoot than recurves and more challenging than crossbows.

Compound bows differ from recurves because they use a pulley system that lets the archer hold a fraction of the bow’s drawn weight. This feature is called let-off. For example, if you have a 40-pound bow with 80 percent let-off, you only hold about 8 pounds at full draw. Let-off helps archers practice longer and take more time aiming.

Today’s compound bows are engineered for accuracy and ease of use. They’re excellent for recreational shooting, bowhunting and competitive archery.

Choosing a bow is a personal choice, but wise choices aren’t possible without shooting the different bows to learn your likes and dislikes about each. To do that, visit nearby archery shops, whose pro staff will help you pick the best bow for your budget and tastes. Once you decide on your preferred bow style, the pro can tailor the equipment to fit you.

If you’re ready to find your perfect bow, find an archery store here.

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Shooting a bow always feels amazing, but fixing these three archery mistakes will make your game even better.

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If you’ve ever been to an archery class, you’ve probably heard someone ask, “Why aren’t my arrows hitting the middle?” Though every shot is a learning opportunity, it’s still a great feeling to hit a bull’s-eye, and it’s OK to want to hit the middle every time!

For arrows that don’t get #extramiddle, we’ll review five common archery mistakes that recurve archers face – and some ways to correct them.

INCONSISTENT STANCE

KSLInternationalArchery.com. This photo is a perfect example of the correct open stance. One of the most important attributes of your stance is consistency.

Do your feet change position slightly from shot to shot? Your stance – where you place your feet when shooting – is the foundation for your shot. Your stance must be solid and consistent arrow to arrow.

To ensure a consistent stance, apply painter’s tape on the floor where you practice. If you use an open stance, for example, place the tape so your foot alignment and toe position will be identical for each shot.

Remember, your stance not only affects foot position, but also your balance and center of gravity. By making your foundation solid, you ensure a more stable platform for strong shots.

ELBOW ROTATION

GeekDad.com. Jim MacQuarrie, archery coach and writer, used this illustration to demonstrate proper elbow rotation in a comparison between Hawkeye and Olympic medalist Brady Ellison.

Correct elbow rotation is one of archery’s simplest, but most important, skills. This means keeping your bow arm’s elbow rotated straight up and down while drawing the bow and releasing the arrow.

If your bow arm’s elbow doesn’t rotate straight, many problems can result, including a bruised inner elbow and arrows veering to one side of the target. To prevent problems, rotate your elbow straight before raising or drawing your bow.

By setting the bow arm elbow correctly from the start, and maintaining its position during the shot, your upper body will be properly aligned, which results in a stronger shot and better arrow groups in the target.

HOOK (FINGER POSITION ON THE BOWSTRING)

Olympic silver medalist Jake Kaminski demonstrates the proper split-finger hook: one finger above the arrow and two fingers below it, with emphasis on correct finger placement on the string.

When you place your fingers on the bowstring, do you actually look where you’re placing them? Or do you simply grasp the bowstring and start drawing? Rushing to place your fingers on the string is one of the most common archery mistakes. Taking a second look at your finger placement can pay big dividends for your shot.

Hooking the bowstring with too much finger tension – or in the wrong place on the fingers – can cause many issues. The problems range from missing the target entirely to developing painful finger blisters.

Therefore, make sure you place your fingers on the string for each shot exactly as you were taught, and be sure your hand position relative to the bowstring is consistent. Hooking properly and consistently creates tighter groups!

ANCHOR POINT

In this photo, Olympic champion Ki Bo Bae of Korea demonstrates a solid anchor point that’s used by intermediate and advanced archers: drawing the bowstring to under her chin. Many beginning archers anchor by drawing the bowstring to the corner of their mouth.

For beginning archers, anchoring consistently can be a challenge. The anchor point is a spot on your face – usually the corner of your mouth or just below your chin – where you pull the bowstring every time.

To understand the importance of a consistent anchor point, consider what an anchor does for a boat: It keeps the boat from moving. Likewise, an anchor point prevents archers from placing their draw-hand in different spots each time they shoot, which would send your arrows flying in different directions.

You can determine your anchor point with your instructor’s guidance. The most important part is drawing the bowstring to the same anchor point every single arrow. If you feel it changing, work with your coach on techniques to become more consistent.

STRONG SHOTS

Paralympian Lee Ford is a great example of an archer who consistently focuses on strong shots.

A common mistake made by many archers is failing to finish the shot with strength. Aiming too soon often causes weak shots. Another culprit is focusing so much on aiming that you forget to focus on the proper muscle movements.

Weak shots can cause low shots and side-to-side groupings, depending on whether the archer is right- or left-handed. Fortunately, weak shots are easily fixed: Just change your focus.

When you’re at full draw and ready to aim, stay focused on the muscle movements your coach taught you. Aiming is important, but it’s equally important to use your muscles to create a strong release and follow-through. By focusing on the right technique at the right time, your shots will be stronger and your groups tighter and more consistent.

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Rock climbing is a sport that pushes both the body and the mind to their limits. You don’t know what focus is until you’ve tried to scale a vertical slab of granite! (Or so I’m told – personally, I’m not a big fan of heights.)

Because rock climbing is as much about the mental as the physical, some researchers have looked to rock climbing and rock climbers to learn more about human behavior and the human brain. Here are three things they’ve found.

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Unsent /un-sent/ 1. To have failed so badly on a route you had previously climbed that you negate your redpoint. 2. A humor column.

Photo: Andrew Burr

The most difficult challenge we climbers have ever faced is not the Dawn Wall. It’s explaining rock climbing to our mothers. The general public’s perception of our sport tends to be wildly inaccurate. In an effort to bring greater understanding, we have provided the FAQ below. We encourage you to print it out and send it to any parent, relative, significant other, coworker, acquaintance, doctor, teacher, or NY Times commenter who needs clarification.

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To the summers filled with softball

A lot of athletes play softball, but only a select few devote their passion to the game by playing travel. Travel is a new world that pushes you to your very limits. Some fold and others concur but all players can relate to the 75 truths below!

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