My thinking goes like this: Blind luck and bad luck aside, in the moment of truth the skills that you got are the skills that you brought—and they are as finite as the bow/arrow in your hands. Shooting quickly may or may not be a skill that you’ve brought to the party. If it is then you may have the ability to get-er-done. Hence reliably “snapping off” a controlled/purposeful/accurate shot is simultaneously a culmination of experience *and* a conditioned skill which then can reliably get results.
It bears repeating tho: Fast is smooth and smooth is fast. When form becomes ingrained and baked in to your subconscious smooth-n-fast happens quite naturally, but may appear to happen in a snap to the casual observer (and even to the archer himself). This even includes aiming. Yet the cliche “You can’t get there from here” deserves emphasizing because one simply can’t reverse engineer ther way into shooting fast by shooting fast— it all starts and ends with good and proper form. The results are indeed cumulative. And I think to some degree that may be what you are experiencing.
***Edited to add: There’s gobs of wisdom in this thread, so read and delve into it as far as you like. It’s good stuff. Aiming (no matter how you go about it) really isn’t all that hard. Nor does aiming demand mystic powers of intense concentration to happen, but it does demand consistent/reliable/predictable/repeatable form. If that’s not there then your “aiming” is all for not and pointing may be as good as it gets for you. But, as good form becomes ingrained and improves so will your ability (and your conditioned intuitive ability) to call and place (aim) a shot. Even ones that you’ve never attempted before even with great confidence, or at surprising distances and/or with speed. Likewise, good form will allow you to adjust your aim one shot to the next. Up, down, right, left. But perhaps most important is when a shot goes astray (and they certainly will) you’ll know exactly why—and so, be able to correct your form and/or adjust your aim as/if need be for the next shot. You’ll have answers and a solution to your error then and there. The alternative however is often going down the dark rabbit hole of target panic.
“Take the good where you find it, be honest with yourself, and let the results be your guide.”
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