After I covered the different bow types, I want to teach you now how to shoot with a bow and give you the 10 basic archery shooting techniques you need to know to become a decent archer.
Follow along as I explain everything step by step:
Find Your Dominant Eye First!
Before you can pick up a bow, you need to know whether you have to use a right hand or left hand bow.
Now you might think “I am right handed, so I just take a right hand bow.”
Wrong! While it might be correct, the opposite could be true as well.
You need to know which of your eyes is the dominant eye.
Luckily, this is very easy to find out.
Focus on an object in front of you (e.g. a book in your shelf, an electricity outlet).
Extend your arm out in front of you and keep both of your eyes open.
Now raise your thumb so that it covers this object. Don’t change your focus to the thumb, keep looking at the object.
Now close your left eye.
Did your thumb “jump” to one side, or did it stay at the same spot?
If it didn’t jump, then the still open eye is your dominant eye.
If it did jump, then the now closed eye is your dominant eye.
Repeat this exercise a few times to make sure which is your dominant eye.
If something about this method is unclear, please let me know in the comment.
Now, lets start wit the actual archery training:
A Quick Summary Of The Shooting Techniques
This is only part one of a series I am writing about to give you the steps of how to shoot a bow the right way.
10 more parts are following after this introduction.
Let me give you a quick overview of what you will learn here:
- The proper archery stance
It is so important that you place your feet correctly and put your body in the right position before you even raise the bow.
Without this technique you will never be able to hit the target consistently.
Don’t skip this if you are serious about becoming a good archer.
- How to nock an arrow the right way
Another vital step you need to learn on your way to an efficient archer.
Nocking an arrow means to load the bowstring with an arrow. You might think that this is self-explanatory, but there are quite a few things you have to know to get it done.
- Raise the bow and extend your bow arm
An additional step before you can let an arrow fly is to raise your bow arm in the correct way, so that you won’t hurt yourself later when you finally shoot with your bow.
A member of the US army in an archery competition.
- How to draw a bow correctly
At this part it is going to get exciting. We are going to let fly our first arrow soon.
It is also one of the most important parts of archery. It looks so easy, but there are still quite a few things you have to keep in mind to make sure everything is perfect.
- Find your anchor point in archery – Most vital for your success
This is easily the most important technique in this training. Setting up and keeping the same anchor point every time you draw and shoot the bow is the only way to become a consistently good archer.
There are different types of anchors and I will explain the most common of them.
- Transfer the draw weight to your back muscles
Also known as load transfer, what you do in this step is to bring in your back muscles and relieve your biceps. This is a crucial step as the strength of an archer does not come from his arms but from his back.
- How to let an arrow fly – Release your arrow
Now we are talking! We are finally really shooting with our bow.
A few things have to be followed to avoid common mistakes. Read carefully to not fall into a trap you might have difficulties to get out of.
Don’t miss this step!
- Follow through in archery – The final step to success
Last but definitely not least comes the follow through.
Many beginners might think that this is not an important step, but let me tell you it is very important!
When you watch professional archers you will notice that they all use this archery shooting technique.
This can make the difference between a good and a professional archer.
What To Expect From This Training
Please make sure that you follow along carefully and don’t miss a step of this training.
It will make sure that you truly understand the different archery shooting techniques and they will help you to become successful in archery.
It is still a good idea to have an experienced archer to show you in real life how to handle a bow correctly, but if there is no one who can teach you, this guide will help you in a great way to get started with and really enjoy archery.
You will see results very quickly.
This is actually something I really love about archery. While it is challenging and difficult, you will improve consistently and see the fruits of your training, if you practice regularly.
If you ever have a question about one of the steps or about archery in general, don’t hesitate and leave me a comment here or below the article you have a problem with.
I will answer you as quickly as I can.
Without further due I want to introduce you to the first step of my archery shooting techniques series.
>> First step: The Proper Archery Stance – More Than Just Standing At A Line
Have a great day!