Vince Lombardi said “Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect.” Nobody can really argue with the great Vince Lambardi.
The 10,000 Hour Rule — closely associated with pop psych writer Malcolm Gladwell — may not be much of a rule at all. The principle holds that 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” are needed to become world-class in any field.
Does practice make perfect? This archery parent can only use the example of the archer in my life. From the day the first compound bow as placed into his hands, the drive to practice was intense. The level of success and moving through the JOAD pin program accelerated, passing other archers in the program. Some archers were frustrated. When asked how often he practiced, the answer was everyday.
Not only was it everyday, it was hours a day. His awesome JOAD coach always gave him challenges and practice sessions at home. No, he did not always follow the suggestions, but the practice was there. There where easy up tents put up to ensure there was shade for all the hours of at home practice. There was weekly JOAD class, there was private lessons weekly. There were days that only the coaches would practice, that he was invited to attend because of the drive to shoot. There were times begging was used to get practice completed for the day. COME INSIDE!
Does perfect practice make perfect? Maybe. It seems to help to have eyes adjusting mistakes or form corrections needed. It seemed to help to work on specific things at practice. This parent suspects that it may have sped up the process.
Archery is a sport of perfection, occasionally it is obtained by few. Rarely is it achieved repeatedly. There is an archer currently that has the nickname “Mr. Perfect” because he is just about perfect. Perfection is a difficult goal for anyone. Perfection is really not in human nature. Practice makes a difference.
This parent asked her archer his thoughts, because he trains 6 days a week on a very specific shooting schedule laid out by his coach. He quoted the 10,000 practice rule, believing that anything can be mastered with practice. The training schedule is adhered to and thankful for the required day off.
Recently, speaking to another parent of a talented archer at a local tournament, her son, was saying he was bummed that my archer was coming because he would beat him. His mother told him, you are also a talented archer, the difference is the practice. Agreed! She was spot on. In fact, that very weekend after shooting all day and not happy with a mistake or two, the feet where back out on the practice range to ensure the next day would be better. And it was.
Ultimately, practice is required for any archer to climb the ladder of success. Now, not every archer wants to be the best archer in the world. However, most archer want to succeed. Many do not have the room for an outdoor target, so it is not always feasible to practice everyday. Well, we solved that by purchasing an inexpensive target that can go inside and blank bale up close shooting can be done. Practice is practice. Aiming and hitting the gold is not always needed. Just get arrows off!
FYI, there will be mistakes in these blogs. Guess there is more practice needed.