Civil but Disobedient
I mentioned previously that I am taking a 180 degree turn this year and am changing from shooting FITA barebow to longbow. Though the equipment is very different, I am finding that shooting the longbow can be similar to the recurve, with a few modifications. I am finally starting to get the feel for the longbow, and getting closer to consistently reproducing something close to my recurve form. At this point the main difference is starting to become aiming method. FITA barebow has no restrictions. You can stringwalk, face walk, change hooks and anchors, even changes bows and arrows, which I frequently do. Longbow is very restrictive. No change in anchor or hook is allowed. As such, I am learning to gap at the bow. The upside of the longbow is that it is so comfy to carry around the field range, and at 70 inches, is still relatively smooth with no hand shock. Lugging that recurve with all the added weights can be a pain, but it can easily cover all the distances out to 80 yards. For FITA I shoot 36 arrows at 90 meters. I am not sure what my long range plan is going to be after this year, I would like to keep doing the IBO shoot with a longbow. Maybe split the year. I will have to decide. For now, I am enjoying the change of pace, and the new people that I am meeting. Here is a picture of the my two main bows. The recurve is a Bernardini Nilo with Border HEX6 lmbs, Beiter plunger, AAE Free Fyte Elite rest. The arrow is an Easton ACE 430. The longbow is a Falco Trophy Carbon. The arrow is wood made by Wapiti. Very different, but it is all archery.