The Most Common Archery Mistakes
There is a lot you can do wrong when you get started with archery. The problem is that when you make some of these mistakes too often and over a longer period, it will get very difficult to get rid of them.
On this page I will talk about the most common archery mistakes beginners make and how you can avoid them right from the start.
Shoot an unloaded bow
Never ever do that! Please! There are quite a few archer novices who do that to “test” the bow and ruin it before they even got started. When you draw a bow a lot of energy gets stored in the string. If you release this energy without an outlet, the arrow, the energy travels into the limbs of the bow which can’t withstand the power and the limbs can either deform or even break, depending on what bow you are using.
Imagine you do this with a wooden longbow and it splinters in your hand because you shot it without an arrow. Not only your bow is ruined you will have serious injuries in your hand and wherever the wooden pieces flew when the bow exploded.
Aim with one eye closed
Another mistake beginners might make is to close one of their eyes to aim “better”.
In fact, you rob yourself of the chance to become a successful archer when you do that. Keep both of your eyes open! You most likely know that you can’t measure distances with only one eye.
How can you hope to hit the target on a longer distance if you can’t estimate the distance to your target?
Aiming with a bow might seem difficult in the beginning, but you will get the hang of it when you practice regularly.
Use a bow that is too “heavy”
You will hear the term “draw weight” very often when you start with archery. Draw weight is the
Only use the arm and hand to draw the bow
I see many beginners or fun fair archers doing this. They use their strength in arm and hand to draw and hold the bow. Most likely they will try to pull the string back as fast as possible in a sudden movement.
Don’t do this! Archery does not depend on the strength of your arms. You need to learn the right technique. The archer’s strength comes from his back. Of course, the archer needs his arm to pull the string but he uses his back muscles to actually hold the string when the bow is fully drawn. Only very little of the draw weight is held by the arm and hand.
When you draw the bow, do it in a slow and steady movement and transfer the load to your back muscles when the bow is drawn.
Of course, there are still many more things you can and should avoid and on the other hand there are things you should always do. I will cover this in later blogs and articles.