Are you excited yet? We are getting closer to letting our first arrow fly.
Learn how to raise the bow and extend your bow arm in the proper way and you will be able to get on the archery range shortly.
I am sure you have already read the other articles in my archery training. If not, do read them before you continue.
Now let’s get started with our lesson of today:
What can be so difficult when raising a bow?
You are right. It is not difficult to raise a bow, but there are still quite a few things you can do wrong.
Some will reduce your efficiency and accuracy with the bow, others will leave you with painful bruises.
So read carefully and follow my advice!
How do you do it?
First you raise the bow arm so that the arm is at the same height as your shoulder.
You point at the target with the bow and extend your arm fully.
Most importantly, don’t raise your shoulders!
I can’t say this often enough.
Many beginners, sometimes even advanced archers raise their shoulders which will lead to a decrease in accuracy and control over the bow.
Have a look at the picture:
In this picture you see that the shoulders are held down as much as possible while the bow arm and the draw arm are at the same height as the shoulders.
This step is sometimes referred to as the pre-draw.
You can see that your body and arms are forming a T shape now. Try to always imagine this T shape and you will find your pre-draw position easily.
Take your arm out of harms way
The other mistake many beginners make is to leave their bow arm open for receiving some nice bruises.
You need to understand that the bowstring will move forward quickly when released. It is so fast that you can’t even see the movement of it.
If you don’t follow my next advice you won’t even notice at first that you have done something wrong. But after some time you will notice that you lower arm is starting to hurt and when you examine it you will find a nasty bruise there.
The bowstring connected with your lower arm while it was racing forward after the release.
This happened so fast, that your body didn’t even pick up the impact of the string and didn’t sense any pain. (Well, sometimes you do feel the pain immediately.)
To avoid this from happening you should always wear an arm guard and rotate your arm out of harms way.
Rotate your arm in a way that your elbow is turned away from the bowstring.
If your elbow is pointing towards the floor, you will get hit by the string.
The picture below shows the correct form on the left side and the wrong form on the right side:
Here we go again!
You guessed it already:
We are finished with this archery shooting technique. You now know how to raise the bow and extend your bow arm the correct way.
In the next lesson you are finally going to learn how to draw a bow correctly.
I am looking forward to see you in my next post!
I appreciate any comment below. Share your experiences with me or leave a question if something is unclear. I will be happy to help you!
See you soon.