PSE Pro Staff Scott Starnes drops in and talks about preparing for archery tournaments.
My name is Eric Grippa, and I am a PSE Pro-Staffer from a little town just east of Cincinnati OH. I have been competing in the IBO for the past 16 years, and this year at the World Championships in Seven Spring PA, it all finally came together for me.
The bow I shoot 3-D with is the Omen Pro. I shoot it for one reason, sheer speed. The Omen Pro is hands down the fastest bow I have ever shot. I shoot a 29” draw at 58 lbs of draw weight. With that set up, my Omen Pro sends my 300 grain arrow down range at 349 fps. Needless to say, that makes yardage estimation much easier to call. The class I shoot in is Male Bowhunter Release, which means I shoot fixed pins. At almost 350 fps, I no longer have to hold a pin high or low on the target. I judge the target for the top, middle, or bottom pin, hold the pin of my choice on the 11 ring, and let her rip. That tactic enabled me to take first place this year at the IBO Worlds. My Omen Pro and I made it to the finals with a comfortable lead. I maintained my lead through the finals and came off the mountain as a World Champ.
I hear a lot of people comment on how they think the Omen Pro has to be very critical or hard to shoot. In my 2 years of experience with the Omen Pro, I simply don’t find that to be the case. As long as I maintain good form and follow through, which should be done with any bow, it shoots very well. And I now have the belt buckle to prove it.
Thanks PSE for making such a fast, great shooting bow.
PSE Pro Staff
Editor’s Note: Georgianna Braden of Houston, Texas, is a petite, pixie like lady. If you saw her on the street or in the courtroom, you’d never consider her as one of the top female archers. She is not only a tournament archer, but also an avid bowhunter and an advocate for women’s archery. Georgianna, who’s been shooting a bow for 7 years, and her husband Michael are both members of the PSE Pro Staff.
Georgianna, why would you encourage other women to pick up bows, learn to shoot them, compete in tournaments and possibly become bowhunters?
Braden: There are a couple of reasons. Archery is a sport that helps build self-discipline. Archery also helps to relieve stress and to develop a calm spirit. When you go out and practice, you can focus on yourself and improving yourself. It also allows you to compete with yourself and see where you can make improvements. Archery is an avenue that allows you to have healthy competition with other people, meet new people, excel and become a better competitor. You many not be athletically talented, super strong or ever have seen yourself as an athlete, but archery provides the vehicle to attain these and many more skills, regardless of your strength and athletic ability. Archery also enables you to become friends with other people who have similar interests. You can really connect with them through this type of sport.
What percentage of archery are skills based, and what percentage is social based?
Braden: I believe that archery is 90% social and only 10% skill based. Sure, you have to develop your skills as an archer to improve competitively and to be an efficient bowhunter. But, when you look at the amount of time we all spend at archery tournaments and when we go bowhunting, the largest percentage of time is spent talking and visiting with our friends, and that is what I love about the sport. I love making friends with people at competitions. At an archery competition, you shoot with other archers in a group, and you move station to station with that group. Only when you are at the line are you participating in the shoot. The rest of the time you’re getting to know people in your group, and we talk on and off the field of competition. Each of the groups that I have shot with has been tremendously supportive, and they are also a lot of fun.
Georgianna, why would you encourage mothers to get their children and husbands into archery?
Braden: Archery provides a chance to spend time with your children and your husband away from cell phones, TV, video games and all the other distractions that keep families from interacting together. Your family can see that their mother enjoys archery and has a passion for it. Everyone in the family can participate in the sport of archery. Archery is a healthy way to introduce youngsters to competitive sports. In archery, they can learn that to get better at a sport, they don’t have to beat someone else. They have to constantly improve themselves. At our local archery club, we have several single moms who bring their children, have them involved in archery and shoot as a family and practice together. Shooting archery is a way not only for single moms to connect with their children, but also moms in a more traditional family. Everyone in the family can participate in a sport that’s fun. It gives the family a way to connect with each other and share an interest together. When a mom is helping a child learn to shoot archery, there is a trust bond that develops to help the child to trust the mom more and also helps the mom to trust the child. Both the youngster and the mom want to spend more time together, when they’re participating in a fun activity like archery. If there is anything I can do to encourage more women to get involved in archery. I’ll do it in a heartbeat. I also encourage them to get into bowhunting. I believe bowhunting gives a lady a lot of self-esteem, because it may have been a sport she’s thought she can’t do. However, the main reason I encourage women to embrace the sport of archery is that it’s just a lot of fun.
Elias Malave takes the gold with his PSE X-Appeal at the Archery World Cup in Odgen, Utah. This qualified him to go to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. His trainer is PSE’s Master Coach Alexander Kirillov.
Olga Bosch from Venezuela won gold at the Pan American Championship in the FITA round with her PSE Dominator.
At the Pan American Championship in El Salvador, two PSE bows won gold and silver! Elias Malave from Venezuela won gold and Jeff Anderson from the United States won silver!
Ana Mendoza from Venezuela won gold in the elimination round at the Pan American Championship in El Salvador with her PSE Supra!
Congrats to all the archers on their medals and to PSE’s Master Coach Alexander Kirillov on their successes!
The USA Women’s Archery team won the last Olympic team qualification event yesterday in a tie breaker against Mexico resulting in a team spot in the 2012 London Olympics. PSE’s Jennifer Nichols and Miranda Leek will be joining Khatuna Lorig at the Games. This will be Jennifer’s third Olympic team appearance and the first for Miranda. All three women are qualified to compete individually as well.
At the Archery World Cup in Ogden, Utah, Jennifer will be competing in the gold medal match that will be broadcast on www.watchESPN.com on Sunday afternoon, June 24th. Jennifer, Miranda, and Khatuna will be shooting for the bronze medal in the team event as well. By making it to the gold medal match in Ogden, Jennifer is now qualified to compete in the World Cup Finals in Tokyo in September. This will be Jennifer’s first time competing in the World Cup Finals.
Congratulations Team USA!
Congratulations to USA Men’s Recurve team member, Vic Wunderle, for taking the team Gold Medal in the 2012 World Indoor Championship! For more coverage on the tournament, click here.
Congratulations to USA Women’s Recurve team members Miranda Leek and Jennifer Nichols for taking the team to a Gold Medal in the 2012 World Indoor Championship! For more coverage on the tournament, click here.