The Life & Times Of An Amateur Archer
Hurrah for GooglePlay; not only do they have an app that I can track my calories, update my blog and pretend to be Indiana Jones but I’ve downloaded Archery Score which is proving to be a very useful little app.
Here’s the features which I find the most useful:
* Calculating the score of each end
* Recording the different impacts of its arrows
* Record its shooting sessions
* To list all results
* To view progress over time
Obviously having a handy-dandy scoring app is all kinds of awesome – I’m a smidgen on the dyslexic side so being able to do reliable mental arithmetic isn’t my strongest of suits!
I’m a very visual person so having the ability to record the different placements of the arrows end after end is really helpful – it means that I can track the changes in my performance as I warm up and reach my peak performance (please note that this is relative; I’m no Archery Goddess… not yet anyway!).
Being able to compare performance against previous weeks is also proving useful. I’ve decided to spend just the one night a week officially scoring so that I can track my progress rather than scoring each week. I find that over-scoring means that I concentrate far too much on getting a higher score rather than improving my technique. It makes me sloppy.
Obviously we are all aware of my tendency to shoot to the left most noticeably when I’m warming up, or tired. The grouping function of the ArcheryScore app visual demonstrates exactly where my arrows are falling end after end. In the main, the app tells me a lot of what I already know, but I’m a bit of a sucker for analytics so I can find hours of fun in reviewing the data.
Overall, I would give this lil’ app an 8/10 as although it’s definitely the most useful of the apps that I’ve found there are a few things that are missing for me:
What do you think? Do you have an app for that?
TODD PACK | Writer & Editor
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