It is time to learn how to aim in archery!
This is the final step before you can let your arrow fly. I hope you are excited and a little bit proud that you made it this far!
Read on to learn how:
Nowadays most professional archers actually use a sight to improve their accuracy, but there are still quite a few who don’t like to use them and prefer to rely on their instinct and experience.
There is one thing you have to do, no matter if you use a sight or not:
Aim with both eyes open!
You can’t measure or estimate the distance to your target if you close one of your eyes!
Let me explain to you the main differences in detail:
You might have heard it before, or maybe you read about it on my homepage here:
When someone aims without a sight we speak of instinctive archery.
Instinctive archery means that you trust your senses and training to hit the target.
You don’t really aim, but will know from experience where your arrow will fly when you release it.
It is similar to throwing an object. A young child can’t really control where the ball will fly, but with enough practice, it will be able to throw the ball to you, without even thinking about it.
So when you use this technique, you will need a lot of practice to become a great archer.
You have to start with short distances to your target. Once you are confident and hit the bull’s eye most of the time, you can move the target back.
A huge advantage of this technique is, that you don’t have to rely on technical equipment. All you need is your bow, arrow, and your body.
You don’t need to care if your sight breaks, or if you don’t know exactly how far away your target is.
By learning instinctive archery, you have learned how to adapt and you can guess the distance to your target and will know how high/low you have to aim with your bow.
There are actually different forms of aiming without a sight, but I am going to explain these in another article and will link to it when I have finished that one.
Some will use the diameter of the shaft to know how high they have to aim or will focus on an imaginary crosshair, etc.
There are different sights you can choose from.
Some are more adjustable, but usually more expensive, some are less adjustable but cheaper.
As a beginner, you can get a simple pin sight to get a feeling for it. Later you might want to invest in a sight that can be easily set for the given distance.
Read more about sights in my post here.
Sights in archery work very similar to sights on guns and rifles.
In archery, you will have to set your sight to a distance. We call this “sight in” your bow.
For example, you sight in your bow for 50 meters (beginners start with shorter distances).
Then when your target is 50 meters away, you just hold the pin directly over the target and let the arrow fly.
If the target is closer you have to aim lower. If it is further away you have to aim higher.
There are, however, sights that have multiple pins in one sight.
Those pins can be sighted in for different ranges. So when you know the distance to your target, you can choose the pin that was sighted in for that target.
The best sights, in my opinion, are the single pin sights that can be adjusted to the distance to your target by simply turning an adjusting screw.
They have a “sight glider” which is marked with the distances.
Using this kind of sight, you never have to aim higher or lower, you just set it to the distance and can always aim directly at your target.
I know people that are amazing archers without using a sight. They hit the bull’s eye consistently and are usually quicker than archers that use sights.
But to become that good, you will have to practice for a long time.
It can be a bit quicker with a sight, but it still will take practice before you can compete with Olympic archers. 😉
You can become a great archer no matter which way you choose.
You can even switch between instinctive archery and archery with a sight and become good with both.
I like to use both my longbow without any technical equipment and my recurve bow with a single pin sight.
Yes, we made it!
The next lesson will finally be about how to release your arrow after you went through all the archery shooting techniques I taught you in my training.
After that, there will be only one more thing you have to know and you are ready to go out there and practice the great sport of archery.
If I can be of any more help, please let me know in the comments below.
I am always happy when I can get in contact with you!