Target panic is of the devil. It’s an ugly issue that sooner or later affects most every archer. It’s not a matter of if you’ll struggle with it, but when you’ll struggle with it. It’s one of the most talked about hurdles archers face. It comes in all varieties. If you fail to address the issue, it can quickly destroy your shooting, on the target line, or in the woods.
Countless articles and videos have been published on the subject. You’ll find no shortage of advice on how to cure this horrible disease. But the question is, do they actually work? Have you found the fix for your struggle with target panic? Joel Turner of Shot IQ says that much of the information you’ll find on how to overcome target panic goes against the way our mind and body were built. His answer can be found in the Controlled Shooting Process course we’ll take a closer look at below.
Spend a few minutes looking up info on Joel Turner’s process, and you’ll quickly realize the man makes some pretty bold claims. He’s a gutsy dude with a no-nonsense approach to help archers and bowhunters take their shooting to the next level. But he’s not just blowing smoke. He’s got proven results that speak for themselves.
Turner’s son, Bodie, became only the third archer in the history of the Lancaster Archery Classic tournament to shoot a perfect 660 score. And the boy was just 14 years old! That’s shooting 60 shots into a spot about the size of a nickel, over and over, not missing one single time.
Was he just lucky? No, not a bit. Bodie went on to win the Open Championship in Vegas the following week. Not in the youth division, but while running with the adults, and the biggest names in the archery business. For the win, Turner took home the tournament’s top prize of $50,000.
So consider Bodie the model student for what can be done when applying the Controlled Shooting Process to the way you do business as an archer.
Is Target Panic Really That Big a Deal?
Turner says that 100% of shooters deal with some form of shot anticipation. “For some, this anticipation creates major accuracy issues,” says Turner. “For others, they see only a slight deviation in point of impact. Shot anticipation is something that affects us all.”
As mentioned above, target panic comes in many forms. The impact it has on archers can range from slight archery errors, to serious cases that find an archer unable to hit the broadside of a barn. Target panic truly is an ugly beast.
So how does Shot IQ’s Controlled Process Shooting course work?
Turner says his course is all about gaining the applicable knowledge to counteract the natural systems of the mind and body to surpass the anticipation at the moment of truth. “Every one of our students learn the decisions that are required to gain control of their shot under stress,” says Turner. “Once the knowledge is obtained, it is up to them to continue down the path of extreme control.”
Gain Control, Defy Human Nature
When asked what he wanted to accomplish by offering this course, Turner said, “I want to give archers the answers to questions mankind has been seeking since we started shooting bows.”
Turner says that shooters must first realize the human mind and body are hard-wired to react to an explosion.
What does this mean?
If a movement of the body is going to cause an explosion, the mind will include pre-ignition motor programs to that movement to brace for the impact. The core problem in shooting is that your mind will not allow your body to cause your body impact as a surprise. If it can time the explosion, it will time the explosion. To override this natural, hard wired phenomenon, students of this course learn the true science of shot anticipation.
Students will gain complete control of their shots. Better yet, they will understand how they did and have the ability to repeat it over and over, regardless of the situation.
How Stress Plays Into Your Shot
Part of the controlled process is developing the ability to handle the stress of the moment of truth. Regardless of whether that stress comes from people watching you perform on the target line, or from a big buck slipping past your treestand. Most shooters underestimate the impact stress has on the shot.
“A stressful shooting situation makes the mind and body ultra efficient,” says Turner. “The goal of the subconscious is not accuracy, it is only efficiency. Unfortunately, it is this exact efficiency that adds to the shot anticipation at the moment of truth. You may have practiced the physicality of shooting all year, but did you practice the implementation of the mental blueprint for the controlled shot? To counteract this efficiency and keep the shot out of the hands of the inaccurate autopilot, you must know how to stay in the present shot process.”
Turner developed the course to be an interactive experience with information that is meant to be practiced. You will watch a video, then practice, perform a drill, or follow instructions given. It’s like having your own archery coach that you can work with at your own pace.
The course features 49 videos, ranging from 30 seconds to 7 minutes in length. The total class time is approximately 2.5 hours.
- Study Guide (Downloadable)
- Pencil or Pen
- Archery Equipment
- Range or Target (if possible)
- Video Camera – or – Smart Phone
Students will take a video of themselves shooting before and after taking the class.
Why is this important?
This gives you a great opportunity to look at yourself from another perspective and judge your shooting ability before and after the class.
Turner also offers the opportunity for students to purchase virtual consultation for one-on-one instruction and critique of shooting form, flaws, and guidance on how to improve.
The Questions that Must Be Answered
Turner developed this course to help archers answer the questions that every shooter must come to grips with.
What is the core problem in shooting, and how does it relate to target panic?
What are you thinking about during your shot?
Do you try to steady your aim?
Why do you punch the trigger or release before you want to?
Why do you lock off target?
These, and so many more, are some of the common issues archers face with every shot. This course helps you answer these questions and address the issues in your shooting routine.
This course was designed to help you get past the bad habits you’ve learned and developed to this point. Taking back control of your shot is the ultimate way to override the explosion of target panic that’s comes naturally within our mind and body.
“Archers have to get out of the mindset that anything is going to work for them,” says Turner. “Shooting controlled shots requires a conscious override of the central nervous system, every time. You are born with an aversion to explosions. Shooting brings out that problem in the human mind.”
Turner’s program is like nothing you’ve seen before. It’s a radically different approach to helping you take control of your shot. But as stated above, the results speak for themselves.
The cost of the Controlled Process Shooting course is $200. It’s a small price to pay for the shooter that’s been struggling for years with target panic and flaws in their form. Check it out at www.shotiq.com.