Meridian Star


November 8, 2013

Archery Addicts Anonymous–009 Archery 101: the basics — Shooting form

MERIDIAN — By Terry Rivers


    Archery 101–the basics–SHOOTING FORM: phase 2: part 1–checking draw arm FORM behind the nose.

     Measuring draw length of the bow arm (phase one) is done in front of the nose.  Checking draw arm FORM (phase two) is done behind the nose at full draw.

     No measuring instrument is used to check (calibrate) the 3 critical reference points behind the nose. The first reference point is the end of the nose.  If the bow arm draw length and the draw length of the bow match, the string will touch the end of the nose!

     If the shooter must move the head (forward or backward, up or down) to make the string touch the end of the nose, the draw lengths of the shooter and the bow do not match.  They must match before continuing.

     The second reference point is the anchor point somewhere underneath the ear and against the jawbone.  Everyone will have a slightly different anchor point.  Once the true anchor point has been found, it should never be changed.   Never adjust the shooter to fit the bow.  Always adjust the bow to fit the shooter.

     So how do we find the true anchor point?  Who would have guessed–shooting one-thousand two hundred and sixty  arrows (sixty arrows a day multiplied by twenty-one days) with both eyes closed (BLIND BALING). Always blind bale so close to the target that it will be impossible to miss (approximately 3-5 feet).

     The first thing every beginner wants to do after they begin shooting with their eyes open is–change their anchor point!  If this happens, the whole blind bale process must be repeated.  If the string touches the end of the nose with the eyes closed, it should still touch the end of the nose with the eyes open. Wearing glasses and certain physical handicaps may be an exception.

     If the draw length of the bow is too long for the shooter, the string will come back past the end of the nose, the anchor point will be behind the ear somewhere in empty space, and the elbow will fall below the plane of the arrow–the three fatal FORM flaws.


CORRECTION for lesson 008, Nov. 1, 2013: Should read “Mark the arrow at the rest mounting hole (usually in a vertical line with the throat of the grip) at full draw . . .”  If the rest mounting hole is not in a vertical line parallel to the string above the throat of the bow grip, measure from the string to the throat (called the brace height) and move up the string to the D-loop, measure and mark the brace height  measurement on the bow riser.  Use this reference point when measuring draw length.


Address questions to:  Cell # 601-604-0913

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