The Texas State Archery Association's 26th Annual Target Championship was held the weekend of July 19, 2008, at the Town & Country Optimist Sporting Complex (same locale as last year). Unlike 2007 there was NOT 3 inches of standing water in the tents, the temperature topped 98 degrees on the large grassy fields, and there was a moderate breeze which was welcome by almost all of the archers. The sky was partly cloudy, but sunscreen was definitely a necessary part of the archery gear this year. A number of records were broken. The results were posted the same day the tournament finished (check the results link on the TSAA main page).
Thanks also to Dennis Burton of the Town and Country Optimist Club at the complex for his willingness to let us jump into their facilities at such late notice. Also, to Clive Rutherford of Highland Lakes Realty for his help and their support, without which the event's equipment could not have been transported from the University of Texas archery club (and a big thanks to them for their loan of the stands and target bales).
There are standard photos in this album and also a number of movie clips - most are high-speed/ultra slow motion video clips that reveal much about the archer's method of release and followthrough (or lack thereof!). Shot at either 300 or 600 frames per second, you get to see the arrow flex as it leaves, and see arrow clearance and hardware behavior, such as the "shivers" of the stabilizer and solid metal sight bar and riser. You'll probably think as I did, "Wow, I didn't know a solid aluminum riser could flex like that!". You will need a (free) copy of Apple QuickTime media player in order to play the videos. Microsoft Internet Explorer often has it built in, if you are on the latest version. Otherwise you can download a copy from http://www.quicktime.com . You don't have to buy the pro version, just choose the FREE version. As always, with EVERY photo on the TSAA website, you may download the original for personal use - no commercial use is allowed and no reposting of ANY videos to youtube or other websites without the express consent of the webmaster (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ). FAIR USE COPYRIGHT - 2008.
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