Shoot a Bow and Arrow Correctly – Develop Proper Archery Technique

Archery can be a wonderful recreational activity. It is a talent you can improve on and appreciate your whole life. It is important for you to learn the basics of how to shoot a bow correctly.

Let’s talk about executing a proper shot. Begin by taking up your bow, at about 20 to 25 yards from your target. Maybe beginners find they want to hold their bow with their dominant hand, and then draw the string back with their non-dominant hand. That is not considered the correct method. If up are right handed you should hold the bow in your left hand and pull back the string with your fight hand.

Prior to notching your arrow, you want to get into the proper shooting position. Locate your feet separated about shoulder’s width. The forward foot should be facing your target. Have your rear foot perpendicular to the target, and then move it ahead slightly so it ends up being at approximately a 70 degree angle (just about pointing sideways, but a little bit forward). Lastly, make any minor adjustments that you feel relaxed and comfortable. Do not be tense.

Now raise up your bow and get prepared to shoot. Most bows strings will have a small bead or mark that is on the string center. Use this mark by notching the arrow over it. If the bow string does not have this marker just notch the arrow at what appears to be the center. Also your bow will probably have a location on the bow to rest the shaft of your arrow. Obviously this is very useful so use this if you have it. Be sure the arrow is positioned properly.

At this point you are ready to draw the bow string. Have two fingers under neath the arrow (use your ring and middle finger) and position the index finger just on top the arrow. Slightly press your fingers to your arrow. You want to have it steady, and at this time pull the string back. Pull back to about your ear or the side of your face just in front of your ear. Now it is time to aim.

When you pull the string back, have the bow right next to your face, and want to be looking to be straight down the arrow. Use the eye that is closest to the arrow to aim and close the other eye. Initially make your aim directly at the center of the bulls eye. Then adjust this so it is just slightly above the center of the bulls eye.

Now for the moment of truth when you release the arrow. Slowly and gradually decrease your fingertip pressure and let the string propel the arrow. How easy was that! You just executed a proper arrow shot!. Now practice, practice and practice. Make any slight adjustments needed! Enjoy the improvement you will be making.

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