One of the consistently frustrating things I have come across in the Witcher 3 is the really short lock on distance; you have to be very close to an enemy before you can lock on. This leads to a lot of frustration because archers can start picking you off from well beyond the lock on threshold and Geralt will not go into "combat mode" until you are within a certain range of an enemy or locked on and you cannot parry or dodge the arrows until you are in "combat mode".
Am I missing something or is just how it works? I feel like there should be a way to activate "combat mode" at any time so I can dodge/parry the arrows, but I do not know if that is possible. Does anyone else find this frustrating or know a way around it? Perhaps I missed a tutorial message?