Improve Your Game – What to take to the range
Heading back to the range might be daunting, here's a quick list of what you should take to the range.
Being prepared for going back to the range and packing the right things is essential. There might be things you’ve forgotten about. Here is a quick list of what to take to the range.
It may sound silly, but a lot of archers have got to the range before and realised they’ve left something behind. Check your equipment bag, do you have everything?
It may have been a while since you were last at the range. So make sure you check your equipment thoroughly before using it as well. Maintenance is key.
Make sure you have all the clothing you need to take to the range. By this, take a look at the weather. Is there a chance of rain? Take waterproof clothing. Sunny? Take enough layers to not get cold in case. The sun may be out, but that doesn’t mean the range is in direct sunlight.
Ensure that you have spare layers in your bag. This is just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. Even if it’s hot and sunny, you might need to cover up to save your skin from burning.
Pack a hat. They are the best things. Raining? Hat. Sunny? Hat. Windy? Hat. Also, training in a hat at the range will mean you are better equipped to wear one at a competition.
Also, make sure you take sun cream to the range. It might not look sunny outside, but it is better to have sun cream than not.
Having fluids keeps you hydrated. Whilst doing a sport, this is imperative. You know your body, make sure you keep hydrated. It may only be a training session, but that does not mean your body should be malnourished.
Food is also included in this. Try and eat as if you would at a competition. Avoiding high sugars will help reduce peaks and troughs.
You could be at the range for a while, so take a chair to sit down between ends if you are off the line before others.
A lot of archers will keep a book on their chair, or archery diary to keep track of how the shots felt each end.
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