PODCAST: Joel Turner & Tom Clum Sr., Traditional Archery Coaching and Curing Target Panic

What do 2016 Olympic bronze-medal-winning archer Brady Ellison and traditional archer Tom Clum Sr. have in common?

They both shoot their bows according to the techniques taught by Kisik Lee – head coach of the U.S. National Archery Team. Ellison, of course, shoots a fully-rigged Olympic recurve bow, while Clum shoots a traditional, barebow recurve.

A certified, USA Archery Level 3 coach, Clum takes the shooting process taught at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and delivers it to traditional archers across the country. Frequently, he teams up with fellow traditional archer Joel Turner, who specializes in teaching mental control of the shot process. Specifically, Turner focuses on how to beat target panic.

Together, they coach the body and the mind – the primary drivers of the archery shot process. That’s pretty standard for coaching target archery, regardless of whether it’s with a compound or a recurve bow.

But it’s basically unheard of in traditional archery, which is what makes the instructional programs these two put on so unique.

We caught up with Turner and Clum in July 2017 at the Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous in northcentral Pennsylvania, where they spent several days teaching groups and coaching individuals.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • How the shooting form taught to Olympic recurve archers applies to traditional archery and bowhunting.
  • Why archers get target panic.
  • How to beat target panic.
  • Why proper body alignment is important no matter what kind of bow you shoot.
  • What it was like for a shy, small-town guy like Clum to find himself among 6,000 traditional archers.
  • How Turner shoots a bow with a right-handed grip, but a left-handed shelf.

“What I found was, holy mackerel, we can put our shot into biomechanics that we can take under a bush with us. We can use (a recurve bow) the exact same way as an Olympic archer does, but under a bush.”

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PODCAST: Brady Ellison, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist

When it comes to Olympic recurve archery in the United States, Brady Ellison is the man everyone else has been chasing for the past decade.

Across the globe, he’s been one of the most consistent archers over that same period, competing in the last three Olympics and winning an unprecedented four World Cup Final titles.

What makes Ellison unique among the world’s best recurve archers is that he excels at all the disciplines – indoors, outdoors, field archery. And if he sticks to his current plans, you can count on adding 3-D archery with a compound bow to that list in a year or two, as well.

We sat down with Ellison at the U.S. Target Nationals tournament to talk about his impressive career, his new wife, his new clothing brand and the future of Olympic archery in the U.S., among other subjects.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • How winning an individual Olympic medal differs from winning a team medal.
  • What cool things he’s gotten to do since winning the bronze in Rio.
  • Why the U.S. will have a hard time competing with the rest of the world if Olympic archers here don’t start earning decent money.
  • How he and his wife, Toja Ellison, push each other as professional archers.
  • What it was like spending a few days with the guys from Mythbusters building an “arrow machine gun.”
  • How 3-D archery might become part of his competition schedule in the future.

“Olympic archery in the U.S., I think we’re in trouble, to be honest,” Ellison said. “Until we can get target archery paid like 3Ds, I think we’re going to continue to lose shooters.”

PODCAST: Matt Zirnsak and Tim Nebel of The Push Archery

Matt Zirnsak is a longtime, barebow target archer. He admits to “geeking out” on the technical side of traditional archery – bow tuning, arrow tuning, aiming techniques, torsional stability and on and on.

While these are facets of archery that most often are associated with compound archery and Olympic recurve, Zirnsak believes they absolutely have a place in traditional archery.

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Tim Nebel, left, and Matt Zirnsak

So he and his friend Tim Nebel – a traditional archer with a passion for videography – last year decided to make a film about the technical side of traditional archery, which they titled, “The Push – A Traditional Archery Film.”

Available to anyone on YouTube, the video has been a smash hit, with nearly 200,000 views in just over 12 months. The video was so successful, Zirnsak and Nebel have made three more films under “The Push” name, and they’ve launched a podcast. They’ve done all of this with a single goal in mind.

“To expedite the traditional archery learning curve,” Zirnsak said.

We sat down with Zirnsak and Nebel at the 2017 Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous in northcentral Pennsylvania – the largest, annual gathering of traditional archers in the United States – to talk about the evolution of The Push and about the growing interest in traditional archery across the country.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • Why traditional archery is experiencing a rush of new participants.
  • Why Zirnsak and Nebel settled on the name, “The Push.”
  • How The Push is helping people get involved in traditional archery.
  • How bona fide target archery practices and principles can and should play a role in traditional archery.
  • How competition can make anyone a better bowhunter.
  • What it’s like to be a rock star in the world of traditional archery.

“Traditional archery is not a hobby. It’s not a sport. It’s a lifestyle. It kind of grabs your primordial essence.”

Archery Podcasts You’ve Got to Check Out

Lancaster Archery Supply earlier this year launched a podcast with the goal of exploring any and all topics pertaining to archery in all of its forms – traditional, bowhunting, target, 3-D, recreational, etc.

If it relates in any way to the use of a bow and arrow, we want to talk about it.

But a podcast dedicated to archery is hardly unbroken ground. There are many podcasts covering a broad range of territory from tournament archery to traditional bowhunting to shooting form. And we love them.

Here’s a list of our favorite archery podcasts – in no particular order – and what we love about them.

1. Lancaster Archery Podcast with P.J. Reilly

Hey, we’re allowed to be biased and start with our own podcast here. @Lancasterarchery already has sat down with some of the biggest names in archery, including Levi Morgan, Jesse Broadwater, George “GRIV” Ryals IV, Dan and Emily McCarthy and Mackenzie Brown. The plan moving forward is to talk to archers, manufacturers, engineers, coaches, sales reps and anyone else we think might have something interesting to say about their involvement in our favorite sport.

2. Nock On with John Dudley

@NockOnTV is one of our favorite archers. He’s an avid bowhunter with a solid background in competitive archery. He coaches all over the world, and is always eager to share his views, techniques, training information, etc. with his podcast listeners.

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3. Bowjunky with Greg Poole

This podcast has been around the target archery industry for a long time. @4biggp knows the players and he knows the games – all of them. We always learn something new from each Bowjunky podcast.

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4. Easton Target Archery with George Tekmitchov and Steve “Big Cat” Anderson

No question, the best thing about this podcast is the co-hosts. One of the best compound target archers in the U.S. @steveanderson88, and Easton product manager and senior engineer – as well as an archery announcer at the last seven Olympics – George Tekmitchov. Their Q&A exchanges with listeners are unrivaled.

5. The Push: A Traditional Archery Podcast with Matt Zirnsak and Tim Nebel

“Traditional archery” and “podcast” might seem like strange bedfellows, but these co-hosts @thepusharchery and @tnebel make it work. It turns out you can use an ultra-modern medium to discuss the ways and means of        archery’s simplest side – the stick and string.

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6. Petersen’s Bowhunting Radio with Christian Berg

In the podcast, the editor of Petersen’s Bowhunting magazine @cbergbowhunt explores the tactics and equipment of modern bowhunting, and he talks to the most accomplished bowhunters of our generation.

7. Tradgeeks with Matt Kephart and Kevin Merrow

A unique approach to discussing all things traditional. Two guys @MattKephart and @Kevin_Merrow who use today’s equipment, music, dialogue, etc. to bring traditional archery to the modern generation.

8. Archery Maniacs with Zach Herold

You might hear about bowhunting for elk, an interview with a well-known tournament pro about a specific aspect of their game, details about quality camping gear for DIY bowhunts or details on the latest and greatest equipment from a particular company. Nothing is off the table for @ZachHerold1 Archery Maniacs.

9. Gritty Bowmen with Brian Call and Aron Snyder

We know podcasts are supposed to be about the audio, but @grittybowmen and @aron_snyder this podcast is a video too, so you can see them talking with their guests. And sometimes, they are out on location in the mountains – maybe with an animal Call or Snyder just shot. It’s a cool twist to a great podcast that focuses mainly on bowhunting and proper archery shooting form.

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10. Traditional Bowhunting and Wildernesswith Jason Samkowiak

Some podcast hosts sound like polished and rehearsed speaking professionals. And then there are people like Jason (tbwpodcast: YouTube). He knows his subjects and his delivery is clean and clear, but he sounds like a guy who’s talking to you at the bar about traditional archery, bowhunting, the importance of public land and lots of related topics. His podcast is always a great listen.

Podcast: Jesse Broadwater, 2017 OPA Champion

In the world of professional, competitive compound archery, Jesse Broadwater is Mr. Consistency. He always seems to be at or near the top of the leader board.

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After shooting for Hoyt Archery for many years, Broadwater in 2017 switched to shooting for Mathews Inc. – a move that surprised many in the archery community. Eager to prove that he could win with a Mathews bow in his hand, Broadwater was victorious at a World Cup indoor competition in Las Vegas in February, but then struggled to ascend the podium at tournaments over the following five months.

That set the stage for the 2017 Organization of Professional Archery (OPA) tournament in late July. Broadwater finished second there in 2016, narrowly losing in a thrilling shoot-off to Chance Beaubouef.

In this podcast, we talk to Broadwater the day before he won the 2017 OPA tournament. He talks about the technical issues he wrestled with in switching from Hoyt to Mathews bows, his drive to win with his new bow and the pain he felt after finishing second at the 2016 OPA.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • How a Mathews bow feels different to Broadwater than a Hoyt.
  • What his favorite archery game is, and why he likes it.
  • How he approaches social media so his messages don’t seem forced on his fans.
  • How he develops a strategy for a two-day competition like OPA to put himself in a position to win.
  • What he thinks of the state of professional archery today, and how fast he sees prize money rising.

“Us as shooters, we know we have to be 100% confident. We know what we need to train for. We know what we need to be shooting. We know what kind of money is out there.”

 

Podcast: Paul Jaeger of Jager Archery Products

Paul Jaeger is your typical builder. He’s always looking to modify the things he owns to make them function the way he wants them to.

So it probably surprised no one who knows him that he eventually turned his creative focus onto the grips on his bows. He says of the first bow he ever owned, “I loved the bow, but I hated the grip.”

A plastic model builder by trade, Jaeger chucked the grip on that compound bow in 1985, fashioned his own slimmer grip and went to The Vegas Shoot to compete. The custom grip caught the eyes of several other compound archers, and Jaeger sold it before leaving for home.

That early experience led to the foundation of Jager Archery Products in 2005. Jager – yes the company name is spelled different than the founder’s name – makes high end custom bow grips for both compound and recurve archers.

“A bow is a machine,” Jaeger said. “It’s meant to do one thing the exact same way, over and over. We are the organic part of it. How we interface with the bow determines performance.”

Jaeger has agreed to sell some of his custom grips through Lancaster Archery Supply. We caught up with him in our warehouse as he was making three-dimensional maps of certain risers, in order to build custom grips for them.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • Which top-level archers Jager has built grips for.
  • The style of grip preferred by USA Archery for Olympic archers.
  • How Jager builds custom grips to meet the exact specifications of its customers.
  • The importance a grip plays in shooting a bow.
  • How technology is helping archers become more accurate, even as bow designs remain relatively unchanged.

“Archery is the poor man’s NASCAR. It’s taking a machine and getting it to do what you want, but you’re not spending millions of dollars to do it.”

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Podcast: Olympic archer Mackenzie Brown

Mackenzie Brown is one of the top female Olympic recurve archers in the world. Rising as high as No. 3 in World Archery’s rankings of female recurve archers, Brown represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil She’s also the two-time defending champion in the Women’s Recurve Division of the annual Lancaster Archery Classic.

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We caught up with Brown recently at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament in Louisville, Ky. Brown was introduced to archery through the NASP program at her school in Texas when she was growing up, so she attended this year’s national tournament to sign autographs and pose for photos with thousands of fans.

Brown sat down and talked with us about a wide array of topics, offering unique and riveting insight into what it’s like – and what it takes – to be one of the best athletes in a sport in order to represent your nation at the Olympics.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • Brown’s initial NASP coach didn’t think she’d go too far in archery.
  • How NASP helped her develop a love for archery.
  • Archery actually wasn’t the sport Brown originally hoped would take her to the Olympics.
  • How seriously Brown takes the notion that she is a role model to young people.
  • Her view of her performance in the Olympics, where she finished in 19th place.
  • Which member of the Cleveland Cavaliers Brown hung out with in Rio – but didn’t recognize.
  • An idea of the sacrifices it takes to be an Olympic athlete.

“It’s not for someone who won’t give up almost everything,” Brown said. “I’ve been to two school dances in my entire life. They were in junior high….I’ve made sacrifices all throughout my archery career. But I want it that bad.”

Watch Mackenzie Brown compete in the finals at the 2017 Lancaster Archery Classic here.

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Podcast: TradTech director John Wert

John Wert is a nearly-lifelong traditional archer and the director of TradTech Archery. He’d rather hunt and target shoot with a stick and string than any other weapon, and is well-known around the country as an expert in setting up traditional bows.

To help mark the 10th anniversary of TradTech – a division of Lancaster Archery Supply – Wert sat down with LAS podcast host P.J. Reilly to discuss the allure of traditional archery.

In this podcast, you will learn:

– How Wert got involved in traditional archery, and how he came to TradTech Archery in 2010.

– What a traditional archery rendezvous is all about.

– What role TradTech archery plays in the world of traditional archery, and what’s new from TradTech in 2017.

– How the YouTube film “The Push” is garnering a lot of attention for traditional archery today.

– That traditional archers march to their own drum, and have their own unique look.

“You can walk around with a dead coyote on your head, a 14-inch Bowie knife, no shoes and no shirt and nobody will give you a second look,” Wert said. “But you wear a shooter jersey…and the music screeches to a halt as soon as you walk in the door.”

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Podcast: Levi Morgan

Levi Morgan is an icon in the archery world. He’s arguably the most accomplished, competitive 3-D archer in history; he and his wife, Samantha, have a successful TV hunting show; and he’s a marketing machine. People want to know what he’s doing, what he’s wearing, what he’s shooting and where he’s going.

Levi recently took time out from his hectic schedule to sit down with LAS podcast host P.J. Reilly to talk about the 2017 3-D season, his upcoming OPA tournament and lots of other interesting facets of his life and career.


In this podcast, you will learn:

– What it’s been like for Levi and Samantha this year after their highly-publicized switch from Elite Archery back to Mathews.

– How it felt to get his first win of the season with his Mathews bow, and what he did to make it happen.

– How he and Samantha plan to adjust their schedules with Samantha expecting the couple’s second child in early November – right at the peak of hunting season.

– How he got involved with the Bow Life brand, and what it means to him and Samantha.

– What’s new and improved for the Organization of Professional Archery’s (OPA) tournament this summer, and what it was like for him last year when rain and heavy fog nearly scuttled the critical last day of competition.

“What I didn’t have a grasp on was how much stress and pressure is on you….,” he said. “On Sunday last year, when we had that bad weather, I thought I might have to call the event…People don’t understand. You’re not trying to get out easy. You don’t want to make those decisions, but you’re the guy that’s standing there, and everybody’s looking at you going, ‘What are we going to do today?'”

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Lancaster Archery Supply has launched a podcast

Lancaster Archery Supply is now part of the podcasting community.

In an effort to inform, educate and entertain the archery community, the world’s leading archery supplier has launched a podcast. It’s available now through iTunes and other podcast aggregators.

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Through the podcast, LAS plans to present a broad spectrum of interviews, featuring archery professionals, coaches, manufacturers, etc., discussing anything and everything pertaining to the world of archery.

The first three episodes of the podcast illustrate the type of content LAS plans to present. One features Matt Stutzman, The Armless Archer, talking about his life and career. Another presents a discussion with the always-entertaining and highly-in-demand coach, George Ryals IV, aka “GRIV.” In the third episode, Mike Notarangelo, LAS’ tournament sales lead, talks about the products that are hot on the 3-D scene early in the 2017 season.

LAS hopes to interact with listeners through its podcasts, by answering questions sent to [email protected] If you have any questions about a particular podcast, or if you have a suggestion for a podcast topic, please feel free to contact the podcast team at that email address.

Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc., offers the world’s largest selection of 3D, target, bowhunting and traditional archery equipment. The company actively supports tournament archers around the world, and hosts the annual Lancaster Archery Classic, an international competition that draws over 1,000 competitive archers to Pennsylvania each year. The Lancaster, Pa., based Pro Shop is also home to the Lancaster Archery Academy – a year-round training facility for beginner, intermediate and competition archers.