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A lot of you may wonder if it's possible to learn archery without a coach or an instructor. We would say it is. A lot of us get excited about grabbing a bow and arrow and start shooting but then get confused about basic techniques and methods. It can get a little overwhelming.
We bring to you a few beginner essentials to help you get started.
Need to know your dominant eye for aiming or even just to choose your bow? Here is a short guide and helpful video that makes it easy to find your dominant eye.
Determining your dominant eye will let help you aim and hit the target. However, it also determines whether you are right or left-handed, which in turn affects the hand you use to hold the bow and your shooting stance.
Do you want to easily find your dominant eye? Here is a simple trick that helps determine which eye you should use to aim at the target;
Place your hands together while overlapping your index fingers and thumbs to form a small triangle. Next, extend your arms towards an object situated at least 5 meters away.
With both eyes open:
Now you know:
If your dominant eye is the RIGHT, you hold your bow in your left hand, draw the string with your RIGHT, and aim with your right eye. (cf Green drawing)
If your dominant eye is the LEFT, you hold your bow in your right hand, draw the string with your LEFT, and aim with your left eye. (cf Orange drawing)
Having the proper stance at the shooting line can help achieve a beautiful shot. Here is a short guide and helpful video that makes it easy to find your stance.
Throughout the shot, your posture should be;
- Feet in line with hips
- You should always be facing the target sideways
- Keep a straight posture with your weight distributed evenly on both feet.
This short guide will help you easily and correctly put an arrow on your bow.
Once you know your dominant eye and have learned the correct stance to take at the shooting line, you're almost there.
Let's learn how to correctly put an arrow on your bow and its cord, a process which is called "nocking".
Next, you slide the arrow to secure it to the string between the nocking points. You will feel a slight resistance and then a click that indicates that the arrow is correctly positioned and secured by the string. (cf video).
The arrow is made up of three feathers, one of which is a different colour: this is the cock feather.
The cock feather should be perpendicular to the bow's grip on the arrow rest, facing away from the bow.
This preparatory stage helps you concentrate so that you consistently shoot well.
After having determined your dominant eye, this short guide and helpful video will teach you how to properly hold a bow. After having determined your dominant eye (cf tip sheet why determine my dominant eye)
Are you right-handed? If so, then you should hold the bow in your left hand, which is commonly called the bow hand. However, if you are left-handed, the bow should be held in your right hand.
Start by placing your hand at the handle. Maintain a minimum of support so as not to squeeze it excessively. There should be very little tension on the string so that you can properly position your hand on the bow's handle and therefore balance the power of each limb.
The best way to hold your handle is to grasp the grip with the hollow of your palm so that your palm is pressed against the edge of your grip.
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