Compound archer Juwaidi Mazuki is banking on his new bow to bring him luck at the Hangzhou Asian Games from Sept 23-Oct 8.
Juwaidi has only gotten his hand on the American-made high tech bow for two weeks, and he is pleased with the results.
The Melaka archer said he will use the Selangor Barebow Tournament in Bangi over the weekend to test his compatibility with the new bow.
“The obvious change is that with the the new bow, my shooting is very stable now,” said Juwaidi at the National Archery Range in Nilai, on Friday.
“The bow is custom-made for me, and I feel it’s easier to use. I have adapted to it much faster than my previous bow.
“I will need a competition to test it out and the competition this weekend will give me a better feel of the bow.
“The bow comes with full draw stability tech. There’s less movement and it feels very stable.
“A few of my friends from other countries used the bow in the World Cup Stage 4 in Paris last month, and one of them won a gold medal after only using the bow for a week.”
Juwaidi said India, coached by Italian legend, Sergio Pagni, and South Korea, who have an American coach, are the favourites on paper to reach the Asian Games final.
“I believe this will be the toughest Asian Games because many countries have invested a lot in the sport. India is currently the top nation ahead of the usual powerhouse, South Korea,” said the 32-year-old who had won a team bronze at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.
“I see us as a top-four nation in the Asian Games. If we can get into the semis, it will be positive for us to win a medal. India and South Korea are the favourites but they do have their shortcomings and if we can pressure them, we can get a result.”