Portsmouth Zero Round

On Sunday we had our end of season shoot with a newly devised round called a Portsmouth Zero.

It’s a regular Portsmouth but once you have shot 12 arrows you take the higher 6 arrow score away from the lower 6 arrow score and this number goes in the end row box.

You then do the same thing for the following 5 rows on the scoresheet. At the end you add up the 6 numbers in the columns and you come up with your final score.

The winner is the archer with the total number closest to zero.

Getting a number closer to zero should mean that you are shooting consistently, but this could be consistently well or consistently badly.

I ended up 4th with a Portsmouth Zero score of 14 and a Portsmouth score of 510.

The only problem is that the archer if monitoring the score sheet could go ahead and on purpose shoot a particular score they need to obtain a low ‘end of the row’ score.

If this wanted to be extended I suppose you could think about not just adding up horizontal groups of arrows you could add up the vertical numbers as well, in order to get an even better overall feel of how consistently the shooting was.

Further to this you could look at handicaps or add penalty points if the ‘row score’ is not over a certain value.

We are always trying to come up with something different to shoot on a special shoot day, (we played black jack with 3 arrows at Christmas) so if you have anything that could be of use to us and fun please me know.

Portsmouth Round 526

Today was one of our last chances to shoot a Portsmouth before the indoor season finishes and we move outside in early April.

Having been told to change my release has really helped. Previously I was just releasing under my chin and not drawing the release back. I do find that releasing back has helped a lot and it also seems to keep the string in a straight line as it comes back through.

I still lost some of my energy and felt the bow move around a bit when I had about 6 ends to go. In the end I finished with a personal best of 526, my previous was 524. It was also nice to have a 10 10 10 end.

10 10 10 Portsmouth End

I did drop the odd shot with my worst scores being 2, 5 and 7.

This puts me in a good mood with the Fenland Archers Portsmouth 2016 shoot next Saturday 19th March.

Shooting the Bray

Bray Target with arrows This Sunday the nominated round was a Bray 1 at 20 yards. There is something brilliant about shooting at the smaller 40cm targets, which really enables you to hone your aiming skills.

A Bray round is shot at a 40cm target, at a distance of 20 yards. There are only 10 ends of 3 arrows, so the total number of arrows shot is 30. This makes it a quick round to shoot, a really good one if you don’t have much time at the range or at your club perhaps on a training night.

I always shoot at a 40cm Bray target at home on my small 60cm layered foam boss target. The reason being the paper targets costs a bit less and I only have about 12 to 14 yards to shoot at so making the target smaller makes it seem like a 60cm Portsmouth target face at 20 yards.

My current Bray record is 229 which I shot in March 2015. Today I scored 212. Typically when you finish scoring and you put in a few more rounds practice on the same target you start getting consistent and in the gold more often, why is that?

Portsmouth Sunday 21/02/2016

10 10 10 endToday we shot a Portsmouth, which was probably a good idea after shooting the fun Valentine’s Day shoot last week. Some of us also have the 10th Annual Portsmouth shoot at the Fenland Archery Club in a months time, so we need all the practice we can get.

It all went quite well, there were still a few odd arrows going into the 6 and 7 rings. But sometimes you think why did it go in the 6 or 7 when I aimed at the gold and it felt like I just made exactly the same shot as when the arrow goes in the gold. For me really it’s all about the aim, and keeping it as steady as possible.

Although today I think I did actually get my first 10 10 10 end which was surprising, as a lot of the time I can get 10 10 9, but it’s nice to get the 101010 – so here it is, hey come on I had to take a picture of it!

I am getting used to the Hoyt 720 limbs now, I don’t think I could go back to the SF Axioms now. I ended up with 510 today, my best is 524. Probably the best score I’ve had a for a while.

Valentines Day Shoot

valentines day target Today I arranged a Valentines Day shoot. Ian printed the targets for us and we had 3 inner hearts and 3 larger outer hearts. The same style as a Vegas round. Recurve archers scored 1 point for the outer heart and 2 points for the inner heart. Compound archers scored 1 point for the inner heart and 0.5 point for the outer heart.

We didn’t bother with sighters today, as we didn’t know how long the paper targets would last, but they held up quite well.

I ended up coming joint 6th out of 15 archers. I still found myself tweaking my button and sights but it is really useful to tune when shooting tiny targets.

We had 5 chocolate prizes, and gave out prizes to the top 3 archers, then put the remaining scores into a bag and pulled out two winners of the remaining chocolates.

valentines day compund target

Valentines Day Scoresheet

First Time Shooting Vegas

Vegas Target Face

This was my first time shooting Vegas round today. We set four targets up on each boss. These triangular targets seem very small from 18m away.

Out of 60 arrows I only managed 43 hits. Early into the round I found I couldn’t hit anything. I think increasing the draw weight to 40lb, that combined with taking longer to aim due to the small size of the targets made me loose all my energy quite quickly.

Although I did seem to come back after a few bad ends. Shooting the Vegas small targets is definitely a good way to focus your aiming. After shooting the Vegas targets Portsmouth 60cm targets seem massive. I think I might print out or buy myself some Vegas paper targets for practice at home. The best score of the day by the way was 491.

Archery Shoot 17-01-2016

Today everyone shot a Portsmouth, I didn’t bother to score today as I knew I would have a lot of tuning to do now I had increased my draw weight to 40lb. I wasn’t wrong, as I don’t have access to 20 yards at home, there was some work to do with the button (plunger) on the riser.

On my first few ends the arrows were grouping nicely but all going to the left, so I needed to wind the button in a little bit with the provided allen keys that came with my Shibuya DX button.

It took me a few ends of tweaking the button to get the arrows dead centre. I then found that my metal arrow rest had moved inward towards the riser a bit, but in reality it could have been that the button actually moved out a bit pushing the arrow over and not the arrow rest moving at all. But I altered the position of the arrow rest and everything seemed OK.

I carried on shooting at a standard 60cm Portsmouth target after a good few ends a space appeared on the line where a compounder had been shooting at a FITA 3 spot vertical face (40cm) which overall are 22cm x 66cm. I had never shot at these before, and boy do these seem small at 20 yards. By now my strength was letting me down, but I put a few ends in and was reasonably happy with my results. Very different scores to the compound bow shooting beside me though.

I did try shooting at all 3 faces, but in the end concentrated on shooting at the centre circle in order to get a feeling for what my aim and grouping was like.

FITA 3 Spot Vertical 40cm Target

Archery Shoot – Bent Arrow

Today we all shot a Portsmouth again. I did manage slightly better than last with 475, but hardly anywhere near my personal best of 524.

My problem today was not string picture, but a strange arrow that kept going top left in the 3/4 ring and bringing my score down. After several ends into my round I decided to mark the arrow, and it turn out to be the same arrow every time.

I changed the arrow to another one and the problem was immediately fixed, back in the 8,9,10 rings.

Platinum Plus XX75 Arrow

Indoor I currently shoot with 1916 Easton Platinum Plus xx75 arrows, these are aluminium arrows and they do take a good beating, a brilliant value for money arrow at around £6 finished. I have been shooting with these arrows for about a year and they have never really been a problem.

Once I got home I placed the offending arrow on the kitchen counter top and rolled it around, the arrow then displayed its problem. I had a bent arrow. The arrow was badly bent and must have been my trouble.

I then decided to check all my arrows, and I found out that another of the arrows was slightly bent as well, another bent arrow. So I have marked them both and shall not shoot with them anymore.

So my tip for the day is to check your arrows periodically for any signs of wear  and tear and check they are completely straight.

Here is a video of my findings on YouTube