This is the second technique you have to learn when starting to shoot with an arrow. It is vital to know how to nock an arrow the right way.
What Does “Nock An Arrow” Even Mean?
If you are completely new to archery, you might not have heard the phrase “nock an arrow”.
It means that you load your bow with an arrow.
Arrows today have a notch, the so called “nock”, at its end that is curved and will pinch the bowstring slightly.
The nock prevents the arrow from getting lose from the bowstring or moving up and down unintentionally.
It keeps the arrow in place and makes an archers life much easier.
The nock goes way back in archery history. They were often just carved in the arrow shaft.
This can still be done today if you want to make an improvised arrow, but modern arrows mostly have a plastic (or made of other materials) nock that gets attached to the end of the arrow shaft.
The action we perform to load an arrow is called “nock an arrow”.
How do I Nock An Arrow The Right Way?
It is actually not very difficult, but still an important step.
Once done the right way, you will remember it easily and it will become second nature and you’ll do it without ever thinking about it.
The following two things are most important when you load the bow with an arrow.
- The index feather has to point away from the bow string
- The nock of the arrow is placed under the nocking point
Modern arrows have an index feather that has a different color than the other two feathers. This helps nocking the arrow the right way and is crucial, because if the index feather would not point away from the bowstring one of the feathers would touch the bow when flying forward and you would not be able to shoot straight.
Most bows nowadays have a bowstring with a nocking point.
You just place the nock of the arrow under this point. Push the nock against the string until you hear and feel it snap into the bowstring.
You have now nocked an arrow. You will notice that you don’t even have to hold the arrow with your hand now, as the nock holds it in place.
You have again finished a part of your training to become a great archer.
I hope you are enjoying your time here and on the archery range.
Whenever you have a questions, please let me know in the comments and I will help you with all my archery knowledge.
Follow along while I keep teaching you the archery shooting techniques.
In the next article I will talk about how to hook the bow string.
This is again a rather easy technique but has to be discussed so that you get the whole picture.
Talk to you soon.