Archery For Beginners- 8 Tips For Better Shooting
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I recommend that the beginners should start out with recurve bows. Here are some of the tips for better shooting:
- Grip (Bow Hand) – The first and most important thing is that you want a loose grip. So if you are a righty, then obviously you will hold the bow in your left hand and similarly if you are a lefty, then you will hold the bow in your right hand. Form a V with your thumb and index finger. Do not lock your elbow.
- Grip (String Hand) – The grip is the most important thing that enables you to get the right aim and there is more than one grip that works. But I would recommend and teach two fingers on the string below the arrow nock and one finger should be placed on the string above the knock. But make sure that you opt for this location when you are shooting without the aid of a release.
- How to draw the Bow – As far as drawing the bowstring is concerned, make sure that your elbow on your string hand should be pointed directly out away from your body and parallel to the ground.
- Anchor Point – At that point where you will be able to reach full draw, there will be a spot on your face where the string naturally comes to. What I usually do is I nor,ally place my finger against the corner of my mouth. It is so helpful as every tine I indulge in drawing, I go to this same spot. As a result a perfect consistency is ensured in my draw length. You must also find an anchor point that works for you.
- Relax – Never take a lot of tension and stress and try to relax as much as possible. The more uptight you, the more are the chances that your jerk will get released in a better way. A smooth release is essential to get the maximum accuracy.
- Aim – As a shooter, your main motto is to have an aim. Right? The fact is that there are diverse methods that work for different people. The most perfect one is choose for this method: close one eye and look down the arrow at the mentioned target. I have often seen that a lot of people shoot with both eyes open. No matter what way you choose, you must make sure that you really focus on your target, mentally visualizing where you want the arrow to go.
- Release - Allow your string fingers to be in a relaxed position for sometime. No sudden release is required. As you release, let out your breath. Relax. Relax. Relax.
- Follow Through - This is very important part, not in just archery but in other sports as well. Do NOT drop your hand