You have learned a lot already!
Before you came here to learn how to draw a bow correctly, you had already covered the proper archery stance, how to nock an arrow, how to hook the bowstring and how to raise your bow and extend your bow arm.
That is a lot!
In this article you will read about the important steps you have to be aware of when you finally draw a bow.
This is how it is done:
Brute strength and force is not what is needed!
No matter where I see new archers, there will be always a few who will pull the string back fast and strong. They think it has to be done as quickly as possible and with the full strength of their arms.
Let me tell you: Don’t ever do that!
Archery is a sport that should bring you into a relaxed state of mind.
There is a certain beauty in archery that only shines through when you really know what you are doing.
Someone who yanks the string of his bow back in a sudden movement won’t ever feel the peace that can lie within archery and will not feel the health benefits of archery.
So, please keep in mind that it is not sudden force that draws a bow!
How is it done correctly?
First of all you have to check mentally if you have followed all the steps I taught you before.
Look at your feet, your arms, your fingers and at your shoulders.
If everything seems to be right, you can start drawing your bow.
Your biceps of the drawing arm will have to do a lot of the drawing at the beginning.
But be sure that you start using your back muscles right from the start!
The back muscles are actually the most important and most used muscles when drawing a bow.
So what you do is, you draw back the bowstring in a smooth and single movement without ever stopping.
You use both your biceps and your back muscles. To accomplish this you have to move your shoulder blades toward one another.
You are done with drawing the bow when your hand reaches your face.
Make sure that your elbow is either still parallel to the arrow or raised a bit. Don’t raise it too much, though.
You back has to be kept straight and your shoulders stay down. Keep the picture of the T-shape in mind.
You have to become a T (with a head). 😉
Quick summary and preview of the next archery technique
- Remember to use your back muscles and not only your biceps.
Your power has to come mainly from your back.
- Draw the bow smoothly and slowly; don’t yank at the string!
- You are done, when your hand reaches your face.
The next step follows directly after the drawing. There is no actual break between this and the next step.
What you will learn next is the anchor.
It belongs to the most important archery techniques, as it will help you to get a routine and that you will do everything exactly the same way when you let an arrow fly.
Always keep in mind how to draw a bow correctly!
Do yourself a favor and don’t forget what you have learned here today. It is so important!
When you do this for the first time, you might even get a nice souvenir!
A terribly sore back!
Most people hardly use the back muscles that are used to draw a bow. So when your back muscles are sore after your first training, you have done something right!
Keep on practicing and your muscles will get used to it quickly.
I hope you have found my lesson today helpful.
If you have something on your mind, please leave a comment below!
I am looking forward to hearing from you!
All the best