Poll (ended July 25, 2009):
Data point: John Zurek, a High Master and 2012 Olympic team hopeful, holds in the 30+ second range. John placed fifth at this year’s Camp Perry Championship.
Broad generalization: A shooter’s ranking can be estimated from his Slow Fire hold time; longer holds suggest higher rankings.
But this does not necessarily mean that a longer hold will improve your score. Instead, it may simply indicate that accomplished shooters are able to hold longer (and wait more patiently) for that optimum alignment with a minimum of wobble.
Ergo: Upper-body strength coupled with fine motor control is paramount in this sport.