Archery Tips For Beginners

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Archery Tips

Archery is defined as the art, practice, or skill of shooting bow and arrow. It is a simple skill to pick-up but a hard one to master. In this article, I will provide you with some archery tips that will allow you to understand how to shoot a bow with greater accuracy.

Form is one of the most important factors in archery, and it takes time to perfect. In the simplest way, archery form can be summed up as the following: Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, weight even on both legs, perpendicular to the target. Put your arms up straight as to form a T and look at the target, then touch your face with your drawing hand.
While a very simplistic description, it is the foundation on which all archery techniques and form are built, and it will take you further than you can imagine.

With the foundation established, we can now move on to the archery tips that will help you improve your accuracy and make the learning curve easier.

First of all, one of the first mistakes a lot of beginners do is related to the forward hand’s grip (bow arm) on the bow. Most of them try to grip it hard, but that only causes it to turn and twist, making the shot inaccurate. The forward hand’s grip on the bow should be soft and relaxed.

Archery Tips 3 Finger GripSecond of all, when it comes to pulling grip, you should have a strong grip on the string using a traditional 3-finger grip where the index finger is over the nock, and both the middle and ring fingers are below the nock. Keep some space between the index finger and the middle finger to avoid pinching the nock.

Third of all, an archer should have a couple of good anchor points for the pulling hand and string. An anchor point is defined as the place on an archer’s face where the hand is placed consistently with the bowstring at full draw. Find a proper and comfortable anchor points where you’re pulling hand can rest, and you will greatly increase your accuracy. An example of this would be your index finger resting under your chin with the bowstring touching or almost touching your nose. Anchor points can change depending on whether you have archery sights or not, and/or release aids.

Fourth of all, you should follow through with your shots. This involves maintaining the position of your bow arm on release until the arrow hits the target. This is due to the fact that moving your head or dropping your bow arm will unintentionally lead to ruining your aim and the arrows landing low.

Fifth of all, you should relax. While not related to strict archery technique, it is advice that should be given in any archery lesson. If you are nervous or anxious, there is a much higher chance that you will jerk the bow and throw your aim off and be less alert, which leads us to the next point.

It is harder to concentrate when you’re nervous and anxious. It is true in the different facets of life, and it applies to archery. Clear your mind and focus on the target. You only need to do this for around 10 seconds at a time, and you will see your accuracy increase.

These archery tips might help you improve your technique and accuracy, but it is up to you to practice and master the form. As it is said, practice is the best of all instructors, and no matter what archery techniques anyone gives you, you will need to practice to become a better archer.

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Conisbrough Castle Archers March 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I have to agree about the “strangling” of the bow. A lot of beginners (plus people who have been shooting for a long time) feel that they need to hold and grip the bow very tightly, where in actual fact, not holding the bow at all gives better results (plus bow sling to stop accidently dropping the bow!)

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New Archer June 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Thanks! I’m starting archery tonight and don’t want to make a fool of myself. I’m glad I’m not going in completely ignorant now!

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Wolfpaws July 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I’d like to suggest one nice anchor position using the mediteranian (3 finger draw). I’t kinda mix for both low and high anchor. Ass you draw you bow, turn your head lightly to the bowstring, so that when you draw your top finger will touch your lip. It offers also consistency since your lips are sensitive and you can feel if you even overdraw the bow by a fraction of inch. I would also reccommend it for people using instinctive aim, instead of front sight that are mounted on the bow, since you can align the arrow perfectly to the string.

I’d tought to mention this since no one mentioned this variation. The idea came from an archer I met, and told the me tip about the draw. Hope it will help some begginers as me.

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New Archer August 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Are there any other tips? I really like archery but can’t aim that well.

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The Everyman Olympian October 4, 2011 at 3:32 am

I had my first taste of the sport last Saturday courtesy of the Bowmen of Glen Archers Society – they’re helping me with The Archery Challenge for The Everyman Olympics; my mission to complete a challenge in EVERY Olympic sport before London 2012…what a great sport!!!

You can read about my first ever lesson, here:

http://everymanolympian.blogspot.com/2011/10/archery-challenge-training-day-1-boris.html

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Caz White (Little red) October 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

There were times when I just started Archery at my local Archery club Conisbrough Castle Archers (CCA) and I’ve been nervous and missed the target, But now I’ve been shooting for a good 5 months and I’m not nervous about missing, because even Archers who have been shooting for years miss.
It’s a great sport and I’ve met some really great friends who’ve helped me get better :)

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Jordan Sequillion November 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

The first time you make the perfect shot, your hooked.

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Archery Buff November 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Great Archery Tips, as an avid archer myself I would also like to add to the gripping the bow tightly tip. This can also cause a greater chance of your arm getting hit by the bowstring. A relaxed proper grip as stated will definitely ensure a cleaner, accurate and safer shot.

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Archery Buff November 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Great Tips for archers!…As an avid archer myself I would also like to add that gripping the bow too tightly can cause your string to hit your arm which not only hurts but will affect accuracy as well

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Robin Hood May 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I remember when all we used…..Was a simple long bow,and a couple of arrows.

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archery addict July 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

I would also like to point out that people try to muscle the now when you really need to pinch your shoulder blades to gutter instead then the biw has nowhere to go after the shot.people who have a static stance are inconsistent compared to someone who is smooth and relaxed

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BaileyD November 21, 2012 at 12:22 am

my coach told me that the fingers of your bow arm shouldnt touch the front of the bow but not to drop the bow

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