7 Crucial Tips You Must Know in 3D Archery Competition

November 04, 2014

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3D archery is an engaging, addicting, stressful, but most of all, immensely beneficial in enhancing your bowhunting skills. In a 3D archery tournament some minor missteps and lack of physical and mental preparation prevents some people from winning. So, to avoid such simple but disadvantageous mistakes, here are some tips to help you get around them.

1. Don’t astray from the tournaments rules

Every 3D archery organization has extended statutes you must adhere to. They all differ in their own ways, and deviating from their rule will have an adverse effect on your scores, or maybe eventuate in your disqualification.  Thus, it is crucial to read and understand the regulation of a 3D archery game to have a positive outcome.

2.Don’t waste time

There is a fixed time given on every 3D archery event which is about 1-3 minutes. A common mistake made by competitors is misspending this time on estimating the yardage and glassing the target. Make sure you carefully and efficiently use your moment; don’t take more than 1-2 minutes once you’re in a good shooting location.

3.Be amicable and considerate

 In 3D competition, it is essential to be mindful and thoughtful over other players, including your own teammates (if you have a team). Avert any chitchat or other irksome things that might be able to distract another shooter. You wouldn't want that to happen to you, right?

4.Practice, Practice, Practice

To enrich your skills in this game, training is highly recommended, especially if you desire to take the 3D archery to the next level. By frequenting rehearsals you can increase your confidence, which is an indispensable element in scoring great points.

5.Don’t let your nerves get the best of you

It’s a competition. Who doesn't get tense in a contest?  It’s far from reality to think that your competitors aren't worried- because they are. Don’t let some of their composure fool you in to thinking they possess this unique ability to calm their nerves; they instead employ this anxiety to surge their strength to win.

Moreover, celebrated champions work well under pressure owing to the rigorous practice they conduct in front of their family and friends. Thus if you feel pressure when thousands of eyes are directed towards you, make a habit of practicing before your relatives and close friends- it will help you sharpen your focus.

6.Take an umbrella with you depending on the weather

 Some tournaments are held indoors, but some are organized outdoors. Try adapting yourself to the atmosphere, because you are expected to play irrespective of the rain, so make sure you grab an umbrella.

7.Bring some snacks as well as water with you

 Outdoor 3D archery competitions take hours to complete and demand extended walks. So it’s important to keep yourself hydrated as well as energetic, so take some food and drink with you. But NO JUNK FOOD as that could instantly make you lose energy.

If you have more stories to tell us about the blunders made in a 3D archery competition, please don’t leave without telling us about it.

Martin Douglas
Martin Douglas


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October 18, 2018

Thanks for the very informative material on your website. I have been practicing archery for 55 years and there were several well explained suggestions posted that I was unaware of but found so useful. I think you should add insect repellent to the list of essentials for outdoor 3D competitions. Visualize trying to place a careful shot at distance with fifty hungry and aggressive mosquitoes landing on your neck and face. I was present at a regional competition where fewer than a quarter of the 2100 competitors had bug spray. I happened to have a huge can with me as it was all that was available at the store that day. I sprayed myself first and then as many others as possible until the can was empty. Spoiler alert, one young man I sprayed eventually beat me by one point in the 2 day tournament. I figure if I’m not prepared to take on the others at their best I’m not a real champion anyway. Besides, that’s just how we roll in Louisiana. Hospitality/ sportsmanship first, winning/ego second, and that’s how I wound up. With a happy second place and a new friend.

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