Archery Advice

Bowstring Finger Position

Preface You probably understand the importance of having a consistent form while playing target sports. Archery is no different. You need to shun unnecessary effort or stress and make sure you a consistent form that can be in a comfortable, and relaxed manner.  One of the keys to this is ensuring you have the right bow, is that it should feel comfortable when you shoot. If the weight is too heavy, the bow won’t feel comfortable and holding the draw while maintaining the target will be very difficult.   Finger Positioning Finger positioning plays a crucial role in the outcome of every archery game.  Why is this the case?  Think of the crucial role an anchor plays in supporting a boat from swaying hither and tither. That’s why you need to position your fingers in the correct anchor point. It’s important that you pay close attention to where you position your…

Choosing The Right Compound Bow

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RIGHT COMPOUND BOW FOR YOU CAM SYSTEM There are a number of compound bow cam systems (eccentrics) available in the market and innovation in the technology has more coming out every year. Common configurations are single, dual, hybrid and binary. Each cam configuration with advantage and trade-offs as well. OVERALL WEIGHT Heavier bows are more stable than lighter bows and are much easier to shoot accurately. Too light of a bow is likely to veer off your target every time you draw. DRAW WEIGHT More weight makes faster arrow speed, better trajectory, and more energy. But more weight also becomes harder to draw especially in an awkward position. If target shooting, this is not as big of a concern, but if you are hunting and need to quickly draw your bow, you may not have an accurate shot. BRACE HEIGHT A bow with a shorter brace height…

Archery Mistakes Common for Beginners

While practicing on the archery range a few days ago I noticed a group of beginner archers with their trainer, probably on their first trip on the range. Seeing them reminded me that I was once like them, and I started to reminisce on what it was like when I was still learning and understanding the ups and downs of shooting a bow. STRING DRAW Beginners see the bow string as something that can break easily. They somehow think of the string as an elastic band and are afraid of the string scraping their face-off once they let loose. Don’t be afraid of your string breaking. Practice drawing the string towards your face. Your thumb or the string itself should be able to touch the corner of your mouth. The placement of your hand next to your face is your anchor point. Note the position and reference it at every…

Basic Gear For Beginner Archery

ARCHERY BOW There are many different types of bows available. All of them are designed to serve a specific purpose for the person using it. For whatever purpose or whichever type of bow, it is important to know the following before you buy your own bow: The DRAW LENGTH is the distance between the string at rest to full draw. DRAW WEIGHT is the strength an archer needs to pull the string. HAND AND EYE DOMINANCE refers to which side of the bow an archer shoots the arrow from. GLOVE / FINGER TABS Finger tabs prevent blisters on your fingers to keep you shooting. It protects your fingers from scrapping the string as you draw too. Tabs with spacers between the index finger and the middle finger keep you from pinching (which really hurts)!. ARROWS ARROW SHAFT is typically tailored for your bow. Simply add 1 to 2 inches to…

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…

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 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, they…

How To Properly Shoot and Sight In A Compound Bow

This article will explain in depth how to’s of shooting a compound bow. It will explain techniques for accurate shooting and how to adjust your sight pins for aiming purposes. In order to start, you will need: a compound bow (  any brand will do) a set of arrows, not cut and fletched according to your manufacturer’s recommendations. a high-density foam block for shooting into a release to save your fingertips PROPER SHOOTING STANCE Your body should be perpendicular to the target you were shooting at. When holding a bow. A large key to success is to hold the bow vertical when shooting. Cocking the bow to either side could potentially impact of shots accuracy. Also a relaxed, but the secure grip on the bow will eliminate a large amount of the shaking due to nerves. Pulling the compound bow string back can be a difficult task for someone who…

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. Paper Targets 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…

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…

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 the 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,…

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