Crack The Code: The Perfect Archery Shot
By: M.D. Johnson
Perfection. Every archer wants to achieve it. But does the “perfect shot” even exist?
“That’s the interesting thing about archery,” says Guy Krueger. “You’re always competing against perfection. And perfection, whether you’re shooting at a target or an animal, or you’re talking about your technique, really isn’t attainable. We’re human, and no matter how close we get to the center of the target, the shot can always be a little bit closer. Really good? Yes. Excellent? Yes. Perfect? No.”
Krueger has been immersed in archery for more than 30 years now. He serves as the education and training manager for USA Archery, a position he has held for eight years. A Level 5-NTS Certified Instructor, he has worked for Team USA as the women’s head coach, assistant national head coach, and high-performance manager, and he oversaw the resident athlete program at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, for almost a decade. Personally, Krueger is exceptionally accomplished, winning numerous medals and seven national championships.
“Archery,” he says, “is a combination of mental and physical (components). They work hand in hand together – a physical process that’s driven by a mental process. In order to perform the shot process as close to perfect as possible, you need to follow the mental cues that are going to drive that physical process.”
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