Iron Patriot 900 Prairie Fire Club Tournament
Archery tournaments are fun, even when the rain pours and gives archers an extra challenge. The Iron Patriot 900 quickly turned into the Rusty Patriot after several hours of wet conditions and a lightning delay the tournament got underway. As always the Prairie Fire Archers club hosted a well run tournament and people were well informed of the delays and the updated start time. Most of all, the Prairie Fire Archers management still hit the 3:00 pm end time even though the delay was more than an hour. Way to to go!
For those of you following my archery progress, I switched from a thumb releaseTru Fire Edge 4 Finger Release to a hinge release, Scott Backspin, when I upgraded to the Hoyt Podium X GTX. The learning curve of both a new bow and release, certainly did not improve my scores, initially. As I continue to put myself in more pressure situations, like tournaments and league, I find my “learning” increases dramatically as each shoot approaches. I encourage all archers to put themselves in unfamiliar or uncomfortable circumstances to allow them to grow in their sport.
Iron Patriot 900 Goals & Results
My personal goal of shooting an 800 round was achieved and my new improved goal of shooting a 9+ for each arrow will be in effect for the next tournament. Shooting the wrong target 2 times in the same round surely sunk my score into nether regions beyond the reach of a podium finish. Overall my 819 and 19 Xs didn’t place though it sure was fun to hit the long distance targets on the 122cm target face. There was one additional challenge placed in front of me… there were 2 shooting lines and I was the only one on the second round! The first 20 or so shots were a little nerve racking though halfway through a few other archers jumped to my line, probably to relieve some of the pressure off of my shooting! As a result my last two rounds were my best! I’ll continue to practice and keep consistent.
“Famous archer, Howard Hill won all of the 267 archery contests he entered. He could hit a bullseye at 50 feet, then split first arrow with the second. Would it be possible for you to shoot better than him? YES, if he were blindfolded! How can you hit a target you can’t see? Even worse, how can you hit a target you don’t even have!? You need to have GOALS in your life!”
~ Zig Ziglar
Target & Equipment Details of Mike Reynolds’ Archery Equipment:
- Hoyt Podium X Elite
- Easton Stabilizers
- Easton Carbon One arrows
- Specialty Archery Peep
Target: 122cm target face
Distance: 40, 50 & 60 meters
Location: Back meadow of Powder Creek in Lenexa, Kansas