I hear a lot of archers say they just want to shoot their bow and have fun, which I have no problem with. I love to compete with my archery equipment. There are way too many times when I go to competitions knowing I'm not up to par due to lack of practice, lack of talent,lol, equipment not tuned together, etc. It really doesn't matter to me because I just like to get out and fling arrows against other competitors. Losing isn't easy to people who are competitive, but it's part of the cycle, and, ultimately, makes you appreciate the wins all that much more. I see a disturbing pattern among a lot of the top and former top shooters of not showing up to competitions because they aren't " tuned to the moon", shooting lights out. I personally feel that this is one of the major reasons so many of the top archers in the nonsight classes fail to be able to match their practice scores in competitions. Getting beat, paying your dues, seeking out top archers at tournaments and signing up on their targets, are all ways to help improve you own game down the line. Three months after I first got into archery, I would go to every tournament I could and sign up on the target with our state champion. I was just brash enough to think I could beat him right off the bat. Of course, I couldn't, but those experiences and defeats paid dividends later in life. Losing an archery tournament doesn't make you any less a man or woman, but It can prepare you for great things later in your archery career.