Ive been getting back into the traditional and instinctive shooting game. I started in archery many moons ago as a whipper snapper shooting an old recurve (remember being a lot better at it than too ).
Ive been shooting my longbow a lot more over the last year, and can admit its been a inconsistent, frustrating venture. One day im on fire, the next im all over the place.
For the most part, my shooting has improved. But ive noticed that I use two different "styles" of shooting depending on distance.
For the most part, ive been shooting I guess what they call "Hill style", that hunched over high shoulder style with a heavily canted bow. I hold my bow arm out, lift my bow arm shoulder so it touches my jaw bone while kind of scrunching down my head, and with three fingers under come to full draw, touch my thumb to the corner of my mouth and make my shot. I dont hold long, probably only 2-4 seconds on average. Ive been reading up on shooting styles, and I see many condemn this hunched up style of shooting.
This has been working ok I guess, and ive noticed that out to 25 yards or so im consciously using a "gap" aiming style. But at farther distances my shooting style changes dramatically. At 30, 40 yards im shooting a much more vertical bow, my bow shoulder drops, my head comes "up", and my form is much closer to a more vertical, typical compound shooting form. I noticed today too, that im at least not consciously thinking about a "gap" when I aim at longer distances, so im guessing its a more true "instinctive" aiming method at farther distances.
Now to my question. Is one form or style superior to others? Should I be training myself to stick to one "style" or just go with what ive been doing if it works?