Your Coach

                                                       Your Coach

I see competitors dedicated to their training routine and competing at the highest level but never reaching their goal and in many cases the point that is holding them back is obvious to me as a coach but to the athlete it goes unnoticed.
As a competitive archer I have stood on the shooting line and on the podium in many regional and world championships always observing, with my background in coaching and tertiary education I tend to evaluate the performance of my fellow competitors form force of habit. This also helps me to recognise performance indicators and shot cycle characteristics that deliver both positive and negative actions. Many an archer I have seen year after year failing to improve and in many a case their progress is hampered by the most obvious though subtle of flaws in their form or routine, unfortunately these flaws will probably never be detected without critical evaluation by a trained observer (the coach).
Your coach is another tool in your tool box of training aids and drills, as such your coach should be used along with the other training aids to finely hone your competitive edge. Your coach works with the information given by you and information gathered by observation and impartial critical evaluation of all this information.
In archery as in many other sports it is not possible to see how you are going in the heat of competition instead we rely on muscle memory of the learned action, one of the main training methods is repetition to build up this muscle memory. This is what we all do RIGHT, now stop right there it is repetition that builds our optimal performance characteristics through Muscle memory but this same routine builds in and reinforces the flaws and performance inhibitors that go unnoticed. Yes they are unnoticed by us the athlete and we will build on the Performance inhibitors to the point of perfection unless they are pointed out by, you guessed it your coach.