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Chapter I

The Best Way
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As soon as I felt that a definite, uniform technique was desir­able the rest of my work was comparatively simple as it consisted of comparing the most essential points of the different methods of shooting, in order to select the very best of these as a foundation.

Let us see for a moment how desirable it is to have a standard­ised technique in shooting. In the first place, if this technique is carefully chosen, it will naturally eliminate a great many undesirable features of shooting; features which are apt to intrude themselves upon the unsuspecting beginner and cause mental confusion and physical injury. There is no reason why all confusing and injuri­ous elements should not be omitted in the beginning, thus avoiding the necessity of "unlearning" them later.

There is another very great advantage in a uniform method, one that is particularly essential in the field of education where instructors change about frequently. If every one were to use a similar method, it would make a distinct advance and avoid much needless confusion. It would give all instructors one definite method to work on.

If the same method were used, a new archery coach starting work in any school or college might go directly on from where the other instructor had left off. At the present time one often has to undo the work of a previous instructor before presenting one's own particular style of teaching. This is confusing to many students who have gained some degree of skill, and who have to start all over again.

Some people may claim that, with a uniform method of instruc­tion, all the individuality may be taken away from the sport. To those of you who feel that this may be the case, let me recommend that you try the method that is outlined on the following pages with just one class. In spite of the fact that it is very definite and absolutely uniform, you will find there is so much of the human element in all of us, that there will still be sufficient variation to please any one. There is yet another important advantage in the uniform method for the physical education coach who has large classes to handle. He or she can present this method easily and quickly, accompanying the instruction with such definite detail for self-analysis that those who run into difficulty may analyse their own trouble and may correct their own faults. It is by no means possible for the average archers to do this with much certainty, and you will find them almost constantly seeking advice from their fellow shooters. Usually no two archers will give the same advice to one who is in difficulty. With a definite technique learned by all, there is a definite correction for each fault, and, where needed, even beginners can give real assistance to each other.