Welcome to my archery training.
This is the first of 10 archery techniques you are going to learn in this series:
The answer to this question is simple:
Without a proper archery stance, you won’t be able to shoot in a consistent manner, because you won’t be able to control your body, your bow, and your shot the way you need to be able to control them to hit bull’s eye.
You need to be planted firmly on the ground to decrease sway and gain a higher accuracy.
We actually differentiate between three stances but two of them are more common than the other one.
The most important part, however, is how you set your feet.
When you begin shooting you will either have a line that is parallel to your target, or you will need to imagine that line.
Now, when you hold the bow in your left hand, your left foot has to be placed before the shooting line while the other foot is placed behind it. Your left shoulder is pointing towards the target.
If you hold the bow in your right hand, it has to be the other way around.
Up to this point, all the stances are the same, but now come the differences between the Square Stance, the Open Stance, and the Closed Stance.
This one is the easiest one and many beginners are using it.
All you need to do is to place both your feet parallel to the shooting line (don’t forget, one is before, the other is behind the shooting line).
Make sure to keep some distance between your feet to have firm contact with the ground and reduce sway and be more stable.
You can rotate your feet a bit to the outside to improve your stance.
See the picture below:
The only difference between the square stance and the open stance is that the foot nearer to the target is rotated a bit more towards the target and is placed a bit behind compared to where it is in the square stance.
This way you open up your body a bit more.
Many advanced archers use this stance as they are more comfortable with it.
In my experience, this one is used by only a few archers.
This stance is the opposite of the open stance.
The foot that is behind the shooting line is pulled back a little, so when you imagine a line that is vertical to the shooting line pointing at the center of the target, the foot would be behind this line.
Now that you know the three archery stances it is time for you to choose.
No matter what other archers or your coach says, none of those stances is better or worse than the other!
It all depends on how you feel with the stances.
Make sure you try them all and you will find out after some time which one is the right one for you!
I personally use the open stance, because it feels right for me, but I know many archers who are more comfortable with the square stance and a few with the closed stance.
As I mentioned before your shoulder will point towards the target.
While you are placing your feet, keep the rest of your body as relaxed as possible, and focus on your feet.
You will straighten your back and tense your muscles soon enough.
You have finished the first part of the training. Congratulation!
Don’t stop but continue with the next step.
There are still many things you will learn here.
As always please leave a comment if anything is unclear or you want to share your experience and I will be happy to help you.