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.


11 Shot Sequence



When learning archery (even when you have done it for a long time) it can seem as if there are too many things to think about and remember. The important thing to keep in mind is that you only need to think about one thing at a time. Break the shot down into individual movements.

10 - Mirror Practice



The only way to improve in this sport is to practise and a little often if far better than a lot but in frequently. Archery is about 'feel' or knowing when your body is correctly set-up. That 'feel' can take a long time to develop but only takes a short time to lose. So practise often. When you can't make it down to the range than practising in front of a mirror is the next best thing. 

09 The grip



Getting the grip right is key to consistent shooting. Slight changes in how the bow is held can make large differences to where the arrows land. 

08 - The Release



One of the most common and understandable faults seen is the archer straightening their fingers to release the string. This  plucks the string causing the arrows to land left and right.

07 - Safe arrow removal



Getting shot with an arrow doesn't happen as far as I know. The majority of accidents in target archery happen when collecting arrows. From what I've seen, the back of the arrow is the dangerous bit!

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.


02-Anchor



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.

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