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Chapter VIII
How to Train in The York Round

Shooting at long range is harder work than shooting at point blanc range; therefore, when you begin to train yourself in the York Round you must be careful not to exercise too much, or you may permanently injure some of your muscles or tendons, and thereby end your hopes of ever succeeding as an archer

Two dozen arrows will be found enough to shoot in a day at first, and it is doubtful if four dozen daily can be called a safe number for most archers. To overwork the muscles tends to destroy them, whilst modrate regular exercises builds them up. The best, or at least the safest practice, is to shoot on alternate dates beginning with a dozen or two arrows, and increasing the number very slowly through the season. The writers of this book have shot three hundred arrows each in a day, but such exercise, even to the best trained athlete, is exceedingly dangerous,  and is nearly sure to be followed by a week or two of very poor shooting.

Whenever you feel sore after shooting be sure you have been at your exercise too long for any benefit to come of it. Quit before you get tired; but while you are shooting never suffer yourself to do even one thing carelessly. Take all possible pains with every shot. Stand exactly in position, nock carefully, draw carefully, hold carefully, loose carefully with each arrow. Observe closely everything connected with the flight, trajectory and drift of each shot. Try to cure every noticeable fault as soon as you discover it. Above all things take care not to lose your temper. Keep cool under all circumstances, no matter how vexatious. An excited archer never shoots into the mark.

Try all the time to fasten in your memory three things particularly: The necessary elevation of your bow-arm, the exact length of draw and the right method of loosing. When your arrow hits the target try to repeat the method by which you have secured such a result. It is only by repeated trials that you can succeed.

Archery as an art is more like music than anything else. At first you blunder horridly with the keys of a piano; but at length you can dash through a waltz at a gallop. So when you begin long range shooting you may not score 150 at the Double York Round; but the time soon comes when you easily count off 500 or 600. Intelligent training is everything. The race is to the diligent. Patience and intelligent labor form the royal road to success.

When you begin practicing in the York Round keep a book in which you record every score, poor or good, that you make. It is a very pleasant thing to look through such a volume at the end of the season. Record all the aspects of the weather each day, so that your book will show under what circumstances each score was made.

Never think of using battered, frayed, or in any way injured arrows for long-range exercise. You cannot become an archer by parsimony. Buy new arrows and the very best whenever you need them. However, with due care, a dozen first-class arrows will last a long while through very hard shooting. Take the strictest care of your bow; for a change of bows brings a temporary falling off in the archer's score. You must train a few days with a new bow before shooting a match with it, or you will be nearly sure to fall off fifty points or more in the York Round.

Use a shooting cap. If you practice in a broad brimmed hat you will occasionally lose a hit by the string touching the brim.

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