Archery Advice

Strength & stability exercises for bow shooting

After a day at the shooting range with a few buddies; I realized my shots getting sloppier as the day went on.  My arms and shoulders became slightly numb over the course of just a few shots. The strings on my bow are relatively new. But, I didn’t have the necessary upper body strength to hold the bow stable enough before I take the shot. I realized that body stability together with hand/eye coordination are a few of the deciding factors that go into the perfect shot. One Arm Dumbbell Row This Strength & stability exercises develop your arms as well as your lats. It can be done in a gym or at home with a straight bench and a bottle full of coins as weights if you don’t have a dumbbell. Affected muscle groups for this exercise Deltoids Biceps brachii Serratus anterior Trapezius Triceps brachii Latissimus dorsi Grab a…

A Traditional Archer’s Quandary

Traditional archers are a breed apart. We’ve chosen to adhere to the “Old School” and shoot with fingers rather than a trigger. That simple statement should stand alone, but it doesn’t. Shooting with fingers and a longbow, or recurve can present an archer with another question. Do I shoot the tried and true, split-finger method, index finger above the nock, middle and third fingers below, or should I shoot three fingers under the nock and “walk” the string? Let’s take a look at the advantages of both, and also the balance of the bow as we shoot. Nearly all bows are set up to be used with the arrow on a rest that is center of the bow. A nocking point locates a level line from the rest to the string, and we’ve all spent a moment or more making sure that line is right, prying the nocking point open…

Can a Left Eye Dominant Person Shoot a Right Handed Bow?

Can you? Yes. Should you? That’s a more complicated question. Humans are the top dog species on the planet in large part because of our ability to adapt to whatever we need to in order to get the job done. Only have a right handed bow, really need to shoot that boar? You got it. But, unless you’re in a life-or-death scenario (which, since you’re reading this right now I can probably assume you’re not) we can afford to be a little choosy about how we do things, especially if we’re starting out. The weird technical thing about bows and handedness, a right-handed bow is held in the left hand and drawn with the right. Confusing, right? For most of us, one eye will have a bit of an edge on the other in terms of giving us accurate information due to something called the parallax effect. Typically that dominant…

How to Make a DIY Archery Target

There are lots of archery targets on the market meant for different kinds of arrows. But if you do not have the time or budget to buy a target, you can shoot other things such as a hillside, a thick Styrofoam layer or straw bales. However, these may quickly wear out. Worse, your arrows can get damaged. One thing you can do is to make your own DIY archery target. It will just take a couple of hours to make and you will have a target that you can use for a long time. In essence, you just need to stuff a box with some packing materials. Below are the steps in making a DIY archery target. Look for a big cardboard box: How to make a DIY archery target The minimum size should be 30 cm or 12 inches thick so the arrows won’t go through it. If you are…

What is the Distance in Olympic Archery?

I am one of those folks that spend time watching Archery competitions more than any other sports during the Olympics. The sport was introduced to the Olympics is 1900 but after 1920 it was excluded from the Olympics until 1972 (52 years). Olympic archery target distance is determined by the World Archery Federation, which is the recognized governing body for all archery and Olympic rules. Generally, in target archery, athletes shoot at stationary targets at varying distances, using bows such as recurves, barebow, compound, and longbow.  An archer can either be a junior (archer under 18 years) or a senior. Distance in Olympic Archery One question many people interested in Olympic archery ask is “how far is an Olympic target”. The appropriate Olympic archery target distance is 77 yards or 70 m away from the athlete. These circular targets are sometimes called butts and are positioned north of the archer.…

Diy Bow Stand

if you do not have the time or budget to buy a bow stand than One thing you can do is to make your own bow stand. WHAT YOU NEED YOUR OWN BOW STAND Plywood – cut to 2ft. x 2ft. 3 pcs. PVC Flange 4 pcs. Elbow Fitting 3 pcs. PVC T Fitting 2” diameter PVC Pipe Cut to varying lengths HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BOW STAND 1. Start by affixing 2 of the front flange on the plywood. They should be 17” apart from center to center of both holes. 2. Put together the set of pipes and fittings that will make up the front legs and hanger for the bow before you set both in the flanges. 3.1 Put together the third leg separately before attaching it to the elbows. 3.2 Heat the pipe to make a bend before cutting it to the appropriate length. 4. As long…

Beginners Bow Setup

Things required for Beginners Bow Setup BOW ASSEMBLY ATTACHING THE LIMBS Identify the upper and lower limbs. Slide the upper limb towards the grove on the riser until the holes on the limb and the riser align. Hand tighten the limb bolts. Do the same with the lower limb. ATTACHING THE BOW STRING Check the loops on both ends of the string. One loop should be larger than the other. Slide the larger loop over the upper limb past the string nock and affix the smaller loop onto the lower limb string nock. Flex the upper limb or use a bow stringer to slide the top loop towards the upper limb string nock. Check to make sure that the loops are secured to the string nocks. Tighten the limb bolts with an allen key. ATTACHING NOCK POINTS Use a bow square or a T-square to find the center serving point…

How Big are Olympic Archery Targets?

Forget about the green water in the swimming pools during the Rio Olympics, the archery competition is where all the action was.  During Olympics archers from all over the world compete for individual and team medals in a competition that can last for 8 days. The Olympic archery target size is much bigger than the other targets used in other international archery competitions. In fact, some competitions do not use the round faced target at all. How big is an Olympic archery target? The Olympic archery target size is about 48 inches or 1.22 meters in diameter. It has ten evenly spaced concentric rings that have different colors. The gold ring in the center gives either nine or ten points, the red one eight or seven points, the blue five or six points, black four or three points, and finally the white two or one point.  The inner gold ring,…

Making Your Own Archery Targets

When you are getting into archery, one of the most important pieces of equipment that you can find is a target. This is because you need it to start practicing. To get really good at archery, you need to fire thousands of shots and a target is the ideal equipment for that.  Though it is possible to buy an archery target, you should also learn how to make an archery target of your own. This will save you money in the long run, and make some things easier. Why Get an Archery Target? Making Your Own Archery Targets Before everything though, you’ll need to know why you need an archery target. Why not just shoot at various items or just a wall? There are several things that make targets important. First, archery targets increase safety. Arrows, even field point arrows, are sharp objects traveling at great speeds. If they hit someone,…

Archery Basics-The Most Important Things You Need To Know

Archery targets are a necessary part of improving archery skills. They are needed in practice and competitions to determine and improve accuracy. However, a lot of people neglect the basic facts about them, like “what are archery targets made of”, and “how you should pick one for your own use”. For those who have just got into the hobby, here are the basic facts about archery targets. Target Types: Archery Target Basics One of the first things you need to understand is that all commercial targets nowadays are divided into four types. Knowing the basic types of archery targets are the most essentials. First, there are paper targets. These targets are essentially just sheets of archery paper that have target shapes on them. You place them on the wall or over a solid backing to shoot at. These targets are usually for more than archers. They work for marksmen of all…

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