Archery - A how to guide

A how to guide on Archery. Looking at how to master the many aspects needed to make that perfect shot.

06 - String-walking

When people come into Ambrose Archery the way that we show them how to shoot is with 3 fingers below the arrow. This is because it is quickest way to get up and shooting as you can always keep the arrow's point on the yellow when you aim.

At our lessons we also start this way because as you work your way through the lessons there is an opportunity to try out some of the different styles of archery.

05 - Nocking the arrow

Seems like a trivial thing to write about but being able to nock the arrow properly makes life easier, your archery experience better for it and looks after your arrows.

04 - keep the hand on the face

We talked before about when aiming you need to bring the tip of the finger to the corner of the face. We don't wont to ruin your good work by pulling your hand away from the face after you release the string.

03 - bow safety

You might be tempted to warm up before a shoot by pull back the string on the bow and releasing without an arrow. This is one of the big no no's in Archery.


Unless the hand holding the string, string-hand comes back to the same place on the face each time the arrows wont fly to the same place. So we need a place on the face that we can use as a reference point. The corner of the mouth is an excellent place to begin because it is distinctive enough to feel for and it lies directly below the eye.


To be able to shoot well the archer needs to be able repeat exactly the same shot again and again. Everything mentioned in these posts are about being able to repeat a shot exactly. Any variation in how the shot is performed will affect where the arrow goes.

The first thing to get right is how we stand or stance. We want to be balanced while staying out of the path of the bow's string.

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