Archery Advice

25 Reasons why Archery is Good For Kids

[Updated 1 July 2022] Here are 25 reasons why Archery is Good For Kids and trying to encourage them involving in outdoor sports and physical activities. Do you have a problem with your children being constantly glued to their phones? Instant gratification, electronic interaction, noise, and in fact, a 24/7 digital virtual reality are all features of modern life. Our youth’s heads are filled with a motion picture. What happened to the concept of good old-fashioned qualities like concentration, focus, isolation, and solitude? Rather, how can you encourage your children to engage with other things instead of constantly viewing electronic screens? Parents are concerned about the impact that technology is having on their children. So, what are some methods for getting your kids to leave their phones and tablets behind and enter another world, the real one?  You could give target archery a try. Shooting will be fun for them.…

How to Turn Your Backyard Into an Archery Range

[Updated 1 August 2022] Whether you’re a target shooter, competitive archer, or hunter, you’ve probably considered building your own backyard archery range at some time. Indoor ranges are more popular than outdoor ranges because they are more convenient and may take place in a garage or basement; others, however, prefer to do it outside. Indoor ranges are simple to establish because you won’t have to worry about your local rules and whether doing so near your home would be illegal. However, practicing in your backyard archery range may provide you with more pleasure than shooting a bow in your living room. Essential safety tips to take into account When shooting outside, you should always be cautious. Even if you’re sure there’s no one else around, you should stay behind the firing line and keep an eye on everything that might be moving, whether it’s an animal or, in the worst-case…

7 Health Benefits of Using a bow and arrow

[Updated 1 July 2022] The first bow and arrow were used some 50,000 B.C., making archery one of the world’s oldest sports. Unlike other sports, the archer’s performance is directly related to their levels of strength, endurance, and coordination. It’s no surprise that archery has lasted so long and even been recognized as a competitive Olympic sport in some cases. If you wish to brush up your skills and become a renowned hunter or increase your expertise and compete in a competition, consider the following seven health advantages of archery. Improve your focus There are three critical areas for an archer to focus. The first and obvious one is the target, the second is its form, and the last is managing to ignore all distractions from the environment. To get the most out of your practice, you must stay focused, calm, and perform high-pressure situations with grace. Increase your strength…

What is the Distance in Olympic Archery?

[Updated 1 July 2022] 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…

Can You Legally Shoot Your Bow Inside City Limits?

[Updated 1 July 2022] Buying a bow is an exciting experience, and you will want to use it as soon as you get it home. Even if you have had a bow for a while you may be chomping at the bit to start shooting before the season opens. There are a lot of precautions that you should take before you start shooting your bow, but where do you start? Excitement and convenience spur a lot of people to shoot in their back yard without asking an incredibly important question. Can You Legally Shoot Your Bow Inside City Limits? Where Else Can I Shoot? If you live in a semi-rural area, the chances are that you’ll be able to head to a quarry or field somewhere out of town. Many suburban areas have dedicated archery ranges as part of their parks systems. A quick internet search will show you ranges…

How Big are Olympic Archery Target?

[Updated 1 July 2022] 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. Overview Archery has been around for nearly 10,000 years when early humans used bows and arrows in hunting and warfare before it became a competitive sport in medieval England. There are many variants of archery, for example, target archery, where competitors shoot at stationary archery targets on a flat range. Field archery has targets that are typically unknown distances away on uneven terrain includes woodland areas. Only target archery is…

Bowstring Finger Position

Preface [Updated 1 July 2022] 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…

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

[Updated 1 August 2022] Can Left Eye Dominant Person Shoot a Right Handed Bow? 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…

How to Make a DIY Archery Target

[Updated 1 July 2022] 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…

Archery Mistakes Common for Beginners

[Updated 1 August 2022] 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. In this article, I have tried to explain some of the Archery Mistakes which are common for beginners and how to correct them. The Archery Mistakes Common for Beginners 1.) STRING DRAW Beginners see the bowstring 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…

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