Archery is a fun sport for people of all ages. It’s not as difficult as you might think – in fact even children from about 10 years of age can enjoy this sport. There’s not a lot of strength needed to be able to shoot at a target, especially with the different types of bows which are designed for people of all skill levels.
The Archery Guide For Beginners Infographic is a great visual guide on the correct techniques of archery and will help you to master this sport quickly and easily.
One of the most important things to remember is to relax and make sure that you’re not gripping the bow with all your might!
Just keep your hands relaxed and you’ll find the entire process much easier and more enjoyable. Plus you won’t have a sore hand when you’re finished!
Remember too, to take your time when you’re lining up the arrow with the target. Using the sight (the crosshairs viewer attached to the top of the bow) can help you to line up the target. Most people find this useful however others prefer to just look down the shaft of the arrow instead.
Having the correct stance is important in delivering the arrow to the target rather than having it fly in a completely different direction. You should stand parallel to the target with your feet slightly apart.
Keep your back straight and your left elbow slightly bent. This avoids the string flicking back and hitting the inside of your arm. You can use a Bracer which fits over your left arm (or the right if you’re left handed) and this is definitely recommended as I’ve seen some nasty bruises on beginners who forget to relax their elbow.
Contrary to what you might think, pulling the string back is not difficult at all. The amount of pull back on the string determines both the speed of the arrow and the distance that it will fly. A good guide is to pull back far enough that your hand holding the string sits almost against the bottom of your chin.
Once you’ve got the right stance, you’re holding the bow in a relaxed manner, you’ve pulled the string back to rest against your chin and have the target in your sight, all that’s left to do is to release the arrow.
Basically this is just a case of letting go! As you release the arrow, try to keep the bow as steady as possible to ensure that your arrow heads towards the target. It’s a most satisfying feeling hearing the ‘thwack’ of the arrow lodging in the target!
Now that you know the correct technique to archery – go out and give it a go! I’m sure you’ll have many hours of fun shooting those arrows at the target.