New to Archery – Considering Archery Lessons?
There is no doubt about it the Hunger Games has promoted womens’ archery and archery lessons to an all time high. The ‘Girl on Fire‘ Katniss Everdeen has fired up the imagination of thousands of would be archers.
In case you have been living under a rock here is a quick summary of our Katniss:
Katniss Everdeen is the main character and the narrator of the Hunger Games trilogy. After her younger sister, Primrose, was chosen to participate in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss volunteered to take her place as the female tribute from District 12. Her acts of defiance against the Capitol in the arena led the people of Panem to view her as the face of the rebellion. She later became what was called “The Mockingjay,” and led the rebellion to victory against the Capitol, ending a 75-year-long oppression.
Has the Hunger Games and Katniss in particular inspired you to pick up a bow and try archery? If you are eager to practice your new hobby, make your way to our archery range and get some archery lessons from Mark with sage advice available from Roy Mundon who is ranked #4 in the World in the Mens Senior Traditional class. Without a doubt your initial efforts won’t be anywhere near what you imagined but don’t lose heart, practice makes perfect. This occurs with many beginners, and to help, here are the most useful 6 archery tips that will help you improve your abilities and precision:
Tip #1 – Use a Consistent Anchor Point:
An anchor point is the place on your face where you pull the string back to consistently. To be effective the anchor poiint must be consistent every time you draw. Consistency of anchor point produces a consistent grouping of shots. The most common is putting the index finger right below your chin with the bowstring barely touching the tip of your nose. The anchoe point will be different for individuals and it is important that you are comfortable because you don’t wnat your concentratation and fcocus being spoiled by other factors.
Tip #2 – Bow Handle grip:
Your grip on the bow handle should be passive and comfortable. Your first instinct might be to grip the bow hard to keep it steady, but very much like the grip on a snooker cue, it will have the opposite effect. A firm grip will cause it to twist and rotate, leading the arrows to lean right or left.
Tip #3 – Follow through:
It is important to follow through with the shots by keeping your bow arm up and keeping your focus on the archery target until the arrow lands. Otherwise, it is very common to lower the bow earlier than you’re supposed to which causes the arrow flight path to be changed downward, leading inaccurate shots.
Tip #4 – Focus and concentration:
Whether you’re doing target archery, 3D archery, or bow hunting, it is vital to concentrate and focus on one precise spot that you want to hit. You will unconsciously aim at that specific area. It is difficult to stay focused all the time, but all you need to do in archery is concentrate on that spot for at most 10 seconds as you aim and shoot.
Tip #5 – Relax:
Easier said than done for most people. Relax and clear your mind before you take a shot. A great way to do this is to inhale deeply as you’re about to aim, followed by one last big breath, and let it out gradually right before releasing the bowstring. A deep breath will calm your nerves and allow you to aim better. When uneasy or nervous, your technique will worsen and you are more likely to suddenly move the bow and ruin your aim. Being relaxed will easily help your focus and concentration on the target.
Tip #6 – Practice:
Practice is exceptionally important because it allows you to put in use everything you learned to perfect your technique. You can search for all the tips you want, but if you don’t practice them, and you don’t consistently do it, then your abilities will not advance. A great quote I had read before about practice and mastery: “At the heart of it, mastery is practice. Mastery is staying on the path.” There is much more to archery form and technique, and there are more aspects of archery that come into play when in the field, but these archery tips will go a long way in helping you improve your skills and precision.
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Archery is one of Britain’s oldest target sports, a discipline that we demonstrated in the famous battle of Agincourt in 1415. British archers out numbered by 10 – 1, shot 80,000 arrows per minute into the air giving the French nowhere to run.
Fortunately today, we can enjoy archery in a more leisurely manner. Using modern Compound bows for your individual height and strength.
Cost Archery £180-00. (Based on up to 6 players maximum) (usually £240-00) This offer is for bookings taken during the month of October 2013 and must be used by 31/12/2013
Call us on 01527 575 141 to claim your special archery offer. Spaces are filling up very quickly.