By Amanda Archibald
There are always steps you can follow to keep improving on your accuracy and consistency with your bow. Whether you are new with a bow or a veteran to the archery world, practicing is important. These few basic steps are key factors into helping anyone improve their shots while on the field or in the woods.
Stance – Your feet are your foundation for having consistency with each arrow you release. In order to keep consistency you need to make sure your feet are placed the same way each time. You do not want to have your feet too far apart or too close together, this will cause you to be unbalanced and each arrow to end up on the target nowhere near each other. You should start your feet shoulder width apart and to keep it comfortable.
Anchor – This is a very important step in to having a solid shot each time. If your anchor point is off, your shot will be off. When you are at full draw, your hands needs to be in a consistent comfortable spot every time. Most people like to have their hand below their ear lobe. Your string also needs to be touching the tip of your nose. These create two solid anchor points that should put you in line to clearly see through your peep site.
Grip – Most beginners have the tendency to want to grip the bow tight, which will do nothing but create torque in each shot you make. To create less torque you will need to loosen your grip. When you are shooting your bow you want to loosen your fingers from around the handle, allowing all of the pressure of the handle to be on the pad of your hand.
Aim – Most of us think when we are told to aim, we need to keep the pin dead on the specific part of the target. You do not want to try and control your pin to stay in one spot, it won’t happen. When you get to focusing on trying to keep it on one spot without moving you are likely going to not shoot as well as you had liked. What you should try to do is allow your pin to float around your targeted area. This helps you be more relaxed and also allows you to focus more on the target then the pin itself.
Release – You need to be sure that you squeeze the trigger, not to punch it. Punching the trigger will not only will create your body to move, your arrow will not fly where you are aiming. Let your back muscles help you fire your release. You want to squeeze the trigger slowly and the result of this will make your arrow fly where you are intending it to.
Elbow – Starting out in archery, most newbies try to keep their extended arm straight as possible. This will only end badly, for your shot and your arm. You will possibly have your strings smack your forearm, which never feels good. Also you will jerk your bow in the process. You want to try and have a slight bend in the arm, relaxed. This creates a smooth shot once you release your arrow. Bright side you also don’t have a bruise on your forearm.
Follow Through – All of us are eager to see where our arrow landed upon release. What many archers that start off is jerk their bow upon release to see where their shot ended up. The slightest movement of the bow while releasing the shot is detrimental to the outcome. You want to follow through keeping the stance you had until you see your arrow hit your target. Your eyes should never leave the point at which you are aiming at until you see your arrow hit.