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Tips from the Pros: PSE

When I first got interested in shooting, my parents told me that I had to learn about things so that I could make the best decisions.  Part of that was setting goals for myself of what I wanted to do and learning about the best kinds of equipment.

 

A lot of times, you will hear students say “I want to go to the Olympics” or “I want to be a Pro.”  When I started shooting, my step-dad said, “Well Emma, how do you do that?”

 

So, I started asking questions.  This is my first blog of research about PSE.

 

This summer, I got to meet the awesome Lee Ford when the Paralympians where here to train.  When my parents came to pick me up, I had notes I took about all the questions I asked everyone.  The reason what Lee said was so important to me because I had never had someone explain equipment the way she did.  Usually people say stuff about how their bow is the greatest bow in the world but not every person can use the same bow.  Some things are better for others but Lee talked about why, as a female, she feels the PSE bow was better for her.

I sent Lee an email to ask permission to put her story on this blog because there are people new to archery that read this and are trying to learn.  This is what Lee said:

 

 

“I had started shooting an Optima when loaned one by a fellow Kennesaw Archery Club member and liked the PSE a lot. I had the opportunity to buy a PSE X-Factor from another club member and did so, since the Optima had treated me so well. One day with my coach, this same club member and I were shooting and he was complaining about how much poundage he was shooting to get to 70 meters, but I was shooting much less poundage, about 6-8 and not having a problem and told them so. We took off all my equipment from my PSE and put it on the other riser. Turns out now I couldn’t reach 70 meters anymore either! We put everything back on the PSE X-Factor, exact same limbs, limb bolt settings and I again can shoot 70 meters. We realized that the ratio from the arrow rest to the sight bar screws was better for someone with a smaller face or a woman, since they would not have to shoot as much poundage to shoot 70 meters and keep their shoulders safe and a strong form and not have to struggle.”

 

Cool, right?  I sent a letter to PSE after I talked to her because of everything she had told me about how great the bow was.  I asked them to tell me what they look for in someone that will be one of their Pros so I can use that to set some goals for myself.  The super cool Bobby Vargas wrote me back, this is what he said:

 

“Being a part of the team requires a lot of hard work and dedication to the sport and to the brand. We look for shooters that participate in as many events as possible and help to introduce new people to the sport. We need shooters that are willing to take the time to speak to other archers about PSE equipment and the company. Our staff is also required to help drive sales through their local PSE retailers. Your job as a Pro Shooter is not only to always perform to the best of your abilities, but also to help grow the sport and the PSE name. In order to be a factory sponsored Pro Shooter you are expected to do this AND perform well at top level events.”

 

Did you guys know all of that?  I think a lot of people think “oh if I win this and that, I can be sponsored as a Pro” but really, you have to be able to talk to people.  If you are afraid to be in front of people, you will have to get over that quickly!

 

After my experience in Texas this year, I know for sure what my goals are for next year but I do think I want to bow hunt with a compound.  (Right now, all my field and 3D tournaments are with my recurve.)  I think PSE has a lot to offer on both kinds.  For a long time, I have been speaking with Paige Pearce at events.  She is always kind and will answer questions and sign anything I ask her to.  After I got the email back from Mr. Vargas, I thought I would ask her what she would say about her bow in case anyone is looking for a new compound. This is what Paige said about hers:

 

Paige at the World Championships in France with a Supra.

 

 

PSE is the smoothest and most forgiving bow I have ever shot!  When you add the fact that the PSE’s are among the fastest bows on the market, you just can’t go wrong.”

Paige uses different ones for hunting and competition.  I think this is what I have to do, the more competitions I go to.  What I need set up for Olympic competition is completely different from the other stuff I like to do and I don’t want to give anything up.  Equipment is expensive but I think if you want to do things well, eventually that is what you end up doing.

The buck Paige harvested in September with a PSE Evo

 

Have any of you shot PSE bows?  What kind and is it recurve or compound?  Can you tell me what your experience with them is?  This is important research!

If you are interested in reading more, here is a good blog from PSE pro Emily Anderson about her bow decision too.

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USA Archery Facebook Page

Look in the middle, that’s me with Brady!

The other day my sister sent my Mom a screen shot of something she saw after the Texas Shoot Out.  THAT’S ME IN THE MIDDLE WITH BRADY!  I was a little excited about this but it is also weird.  I don’t have a Facebook because I am too young but I do have a Tumblr or Twitter if you have those.  On my blog here, I write articles for Mom to post and she puts them up with the pictures.  On my Tumblr, that is where more real-time stuff goes…when I am practicing, competing or just being 12.  Those posts are different content if you are interested in following me there too.  Those are set to post directly to my Twitter as well.  On Twitter is normally where I talk to people in archery and ask for advice so you will see that along with Tumblr posts.  I hope you like them all, I try to make them different!

So again, YEAH I WAS ON THE USA ARCHERY FACEBOOK PAGE!  Thank you to anyone who came over to check my site out from their page.  There are people from a lot of countries and I think this is just AWESOME.

Texas Shoot Out = Awesome Archery

Me shooting as a Cadet! Woo hoo!

Finally!

This weekend, I went to the Texas Shootout.  When I went to practice I arrived next to Brady Ellison, one of the top men archers in the world, I was pretty excited.  When I practiced, I was doing good.  After a good practice, we went to Wal-Mart to pick up food and we got my favorite, roasted chicken, Hawaiian rolls and salad!  After dinner I had some dessert (evil brownies made by my Aunt) and I started thinking about the next day and how I could get first and do really well.  When I woke up, I got breakfast and went to the archery field.

Me and Miranda!

The Competition Begins

I saw the pros arrive and my competition…I had the Junior Dream Team as my competition!  I knew right there it would be tough.  When we started shooting I was in 9th place for most of the tournament.  Then I started to get tired and my arrows started dropping low and I fell in last place.  ::sad face::  When we got done I was last but I learned a lot from my competitors Karissa, Mariam and Hye.

Me and Jennifer!

Day 3 in Texas

The next day I didn’t have to shoot but I watched the pros and got pictures with Brady Ellison, Jennifer Nichols, Khatuna, Miranda and the Coach Thomas from Texas A & M.  I was very grateful that I got to watch them and take pictures with them.  It was a really great experience and I am very glad I went!

Me with Khatuna!
Me with Brady!

Goal Setting

I fell short of my goal of 400 but I am 12 so I think I get a little time to bring it up. For the next calendar year, I am setting my goal of a 550 or better for my next USAT qualifier.  I want to do this so that I can apply for the Junior Dream Team Camp.  If you would be interested in doing that, the requirements can be found on the USA Archery site here.  Beyond that, I would hope to be ranked high enough to apply to the Resident Athlete program in a couple of years.  Those requirements are on the USA Archery site here.

Texas Shoot Out

This week I head to the Texas Shoot Out.  I am super excited because it is at Texas A & M and they have the best college archery team in the US.  THIS IS WHERE I WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE.  My mom said that is okay now that they are part of the SEC.  I don’t know what that means but she is from Georgia so I know it is about football.

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I am excited to try the format, this will be my first in person USA Archery tournament.  I don’t really think my bow is supposed to do what it is doing (I am pulling under 25 pounds) but I am hitting the bale most of the time.  Since I am 12, I am okay with this.  They had a change to the schedule at the last minute so I found out yesterday there are no team rounds and that Cadet OR will be Saturday afternoon.  I shoot 72 arrows before lunch and the OR after lunch.  It is a lot of arrows but I thought about with practice arrows and a round of field archery like in Pennsylvania, I was over 120 arrows a day.  I will be tired but I think it is the best way to learn the style and work on improving my performance over and over.  I hope next year that I can upshoot in all the qualifiers.  Wish me luck!

Super cool app

This was fun to try!

One of the good parts about having a mom in school right now is that sometimes her projects can be something about my archery stuff.  This is from a web app called FlipSnack that she had to review for a class.  It is pretty cool because you can put together a digital flip book of your pictures, add text of different sizes and colors and move them around.  We experimented with lots of stuff, some things we liked, some things we didn’t.  If you want to check out her review, you can see it on her blog for school here.  If you want to see the full book we did, you can check it out here.

Rumble in the Woods

My inspiration!

When I first went into the National Outdoor Tournament, I was a little nervous but I was feeling good.  The first day I shot I was supposed to be with all of my competitors, or even just a few, but one person in my group did not go to the right course so me and the girl that was there had to be split into two groups.  I went with other friends that were from the same group but they weren’t competitors of mine.

When I got about halfway on the course, I had an equipment failure.  I was standing my bow up with an arrow and started to walk away and my bow fell over as if it wasn’t propped up completely (which is probably what happened).  Well, when I picked my bow up off the other bow hit into it, my string flipped around and I began to panic.  I went to the official tent nearby and told them what happened but they were not helpful because they didn’t have anything like it before and didn’t know what to do. Thankfully a group next to us was shooting recurves so they had bow stringers and I could put it back on the right way.  I was really thankful.  After that incident I checked everything I needed, shot some practice arrows and all was good.

The second day was fun as well.  When I shot the 2nd day, I shot with my competition from the archery facility and another person I shot with before so it was fun to shoot with her again.

The third day was the award ceremony day!  It was also the day where one of my competitors had to leave the course because she was already done shooting all 3 days and thought she could shoot another day.  She was very confused and so was our group so we had to get an official.  When we got it straightened out, the air horns sounded on the course for the last day!  When they blew, that we meant we shoot and we were ready.  After we got done we were tired, sore and ready to go to the ceremony but that wasn’t presented for another TWO MORE HOURS of waiting.  We mostly just sat around hanging out and waiting.  When it was finally time for the awards name by name, category by category and then finally my name and category.  I was waiting thinking I had gotten 3rd place because I didn’t do as well as I could have because I kept having weird things with my equipment but not me, I GOT SECOND PLACE…IT WAS ME THEY CALLED!!!!  I was so glad I got 2nd place and was grateful for it.

The lesson I learned in the tournament is always carrying my tools and USE them.  When my coach went to tune my bow afterwards, it turned out there were several things that should have been caught and could have been corrected.  Now I know!  Everything is a learning experience and this was no different!

Oh and I got to see the awesome Paige Pearce again.  Can someone please put me on a Pro/Am team with her?  🙂