pearls of wisdom from an archery tag guru
Throughout my years spelunking through the great valleys and canyons of Nepal, I happened upon a holy guru who taught me the ancient art of Archery Tag (Archery Tag has been around since 2011).
I devoted myself wholeheartedly to it, and I became one with the bow. I leaned to feel the pulsations of the arrow, as it sprung forward to merrily bounce off of whatever unassuming target I aimed for. I learned to hear the whistle of the wind as my marshmallow arrow cut through the breezy sky. I developed an ability to taste the humidity that would affect my shot.
Turns out, I could've learned those same techniques from watching footage of myself as a young'n noob. T'was pretty comical. Here are some archery tag lessons I learned in that ancient Archery Tag temple that most rookies don't know.
Don't be scared
BUT this peculiar "fling of the string" usually causes a "thrash of the lash".
OK, I'm done with the rhymes (for now), but it's true. If you just keep your body straight and focus on your shot, the string should stay clear and leave you be.
Just like diving off of a diving board, if you commit without fear, you’ll land hands first and slide through the surface of the water like a hot knife through butter.
But if fear overtakes you, you’ll end up flailing into the water like a startled pigeon.
If you trust the bow to do it’s thing, not only will you greatly increase the likelihood of hitting your target, but the chance of the string hitting you after the release decreases significantly too.
It also looks a little cooler. Just a little.
Our advice? Commit to the fling, and don’t fear the string.
Trust your gut
Don’t hold your shot! This happens all day with beginners. They hold their pose for far too long, almost as if they are trying to convince themselves that they’re good to release.
But to an onlooker, it seems like they never will.
Firstly, it’s so tiring to hold the string for so long! A classic round of Archery Tag is at least an hour, often more.
You need to preserve your energy. Like a beluga whale.
deviate from what you had originally intended. You just gotta pick your spot, and let it fly.
Don’t "aim, hold, aim a lil’ more, a lil’ more, and then shoot". Rather, "aimandshoot". All in one word.
Our advice? Just let it go! You got this!
What do we suggest?
If you see someone at least 20 yards away with an arrow facing even slightly upwards on wind-up, take a chance! Let the arrow fly to the side of you, and grab the pole as soon as you see the marshmallow pass you.
But stay away from the marshmallow! According to the Hammer City Archery official Rule Book (not a real thing), if the marshmallow hits you, you’re toast (pun TOTALLY- or TOASTALLY intended!). So catch the pole, and stay away from the shmellow!
Our advice? Go for the snag, and catch them off guard.
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