Meridian Star

October 25, 2013

Archery Addicts Anonymous–007

Archery 101: the basics — Shooting form

By Terry Rivers
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Archery Addicts Anonymous is here to answer your archery questions.

    Some bow shooters attempt to shoot a bow as if it were a gun. Shooting a bow is not even close to shooting a long gun so forget about any comparison.

    Stand straight, tall, and relaxed with the bow arm shoulder facing the target and both feet parallel at shoulder width. Place a straight edge (yard stick) on the ground or draw a line in the sand pointed directly at the target. Stand with both feet touching the line. Sometimes it may be necessary to adjust feet placement slightly. Men may need to move the leading foot back an inch while women may need to move the trailing foot back an inch from the line.

    If the ground is uneven, bend one knee so that the whole body is standing straight up.

    Stand relaxed, straight and tall. If when pulling the bow back to full draw, the shooter must shift the hips forward and/or lean back, the bow draw length is too long.

    Full draw means pulling back so that the string touches the end of the nose with the bow arm straight and relaxed (bone on bone), the shoulder low and relaxed, and the bow arm wrist low and relaxed. A simple way to practice bow arm form is without a bow; with the bow arm relaxed (elbow straight), lean against a wall (or a tree) as if it were the bow.

    If it is necessary to bend the bow elbow to touch the string to the end of the nose, the bow draw length is too short.  If the draw arm elbow falls below the plane of the arrow at full draw, the bow draw length is too long.

    However, if after an hour of shooting the string begins coming back to the side of the nose and even digging into the face, the bow draw length is too short. This happens when the shooter starts with a slightly bent elbow and muscle fatigue sets in. Many times this is misinterpreted as having too long of a bow draw length.

    Address questions to: ttrivers@hughes.net  Cell # 601-604-0913