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EFT for "The Grips" in archery

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Hi Everyone,

Tam and Mair Llewellyn from the UK discuss the use of EFT for sports with a special emphasis on "The Grips" (which is often suffered by archers).

Hugs, Gary

By Tam & Mair Llewellyn

There is ample proof of the advantages EFT can bring in sports performance.  A good example is on the EFT website where the well known baseball pitcher, Pat Ahearne, reports how the use of EFT changed him from an Australia Baseball League pitcher to an AAA Pro-League pitcher with the Detroit Tigers in America and the published statistics show the evidence.

For those not familiar with the game of baseball another good example can be found on YouTube where tennis player, Pat Cash, gives a video interview of how EFT helped him with his tennis.

An example from our Tickhill Clinic can be used to show how teaching EFT in a sport specific way to a small specialist group can be effective and can help the spread of the therapy.  One of our specialist trainings was given to the members of a local Archery Club. 

A specific problem often faced by archers of all levels is called ‘The Grips’.  This occurs when an archer is about to release an arrow but hesitates because he is not sure the aim is just right, and once he hesitates he finds he is unable to let the arrow fly.  A similar problem occurs in other ‘projectile’ sports such as darts, snooker and pool.

However, in archery, it is particularly damaging to an archer’s confidence.  In archery, at the point of release the bow is pulled to its maximum power and there is maximum tension in the archer’s arms and shoulders.  Any hesitation in loosing (letting go) the arrow results in fatigue in the major muscles of the arms and back causing tremor and spoiling the aim.  If the arrow is not released immediately on full draw a poor shot is almost always the result.  This situation is made worse by the archery tradition that once a bow is drawn it should not be relaxed without releasing the arrow.  To do so causes loss of face for the archer and invited ridicule from others.

The cause of an episode of ‘The Grips’ is usually a very specific incident.  Perhaps the archer made a bad shot, and then at the next shot became unsure of his aim, not wishing to produce another poor shot.  This lack of confidence would result in delaying the loose and re checking the aim.  In turn the delay with the bow at full stretch soon produces muscle fatigue and shaking of the arms making accurate targeting impossible.  The archer is then faced with a dilemma – should he let the bow down without loosing the arrow and risk the derision of his fellow archers or should he loose the arrow anyway and risk missing the target altogether?  The longer he hesitates the deeper trouble he is in – it is a lose-lose situation which is rapidly deteriorating.  An ideal situation to produce a mental block.

This problem is ideally suited for treatment using EFT.  In a specialist ‘EFT for Archers’ workshop at Tickhill we have treated a number of archers with ‘The Grips’.  In some cases it was sufficient to just treat the initial sensitizing event – the bad shot.  In others we had to treat the fear of ridicule or more often the memories of previous similar incidents.

After the archery workshop we attended the Archery Club’s next shoot and were greeted with the spectacle of archers tapping before they took the stand.  One or two even missed a loose and relaxed the bow without releasing and then tapped vigorously as they faced the expected derision of their companion archers.

All this tapping was not missed by onlookers and soon there was animated discussion and an impromptu demonstration of EFT on the Archery Field. 

This is the way to spread the art of EFT – by demonstration.  That impromptu demonstration on the field led to specialist workshops at Tickhill Clinic for darts players and billiard players (who can suffer from a similar problem) and for other sports men and women who sought to improve their performance and increase their proficiency,

Tam & Mair Llewellyn-Edwards


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