There are several things that may alter your shot and make you inconsistent on the target. By learning these points and how they affect your shot, you can identify the problem with your shot and fix it.
You may find yourself in many situations where your stance will have to change, but the one thing that must stay consistent is that your stance should be solid. A wavering stance is no different than a shaky hand. Practice shooting in different stances to stabilize your shot in each stance. Doing this will prepare you for any awkward position you may find yourself in. In addition, make sure that changing your stance does t=not have an effect on your anchor point. Certain positions may shorten or lengthen your overall draw length to your anchor.
When you draw your bow everything should move in a strait line. From the tip of your stiff arm hand to the elbow of your string hand. Don’t let that elbow get too high or low. Don’t jerk that string back, but pull it smooth and easy. Keep those shoulders lined up as well. It’s like your doing Tai Chi with a bow in your hand. One single, smooth, strait line. Follow the Archer’s “T”.
This is probably the most important part of your entire form. If your anchor point isn’t consistent then nothing else about your shot will be either. If your anchor varies from front to back the arch on your arrows travel will be inconsistent. If your anchor point varies from side to side so will your shot. Muscle memory plays a large part of finding your anchor point. If you practice often (With or Without a bow) your muscles will remember that point and it will become instinctive.
Make sure you are not gripping your bow to tight. This causes the bow to torque in strange and unusual ways. If your grip is too tight there is no telling where your arrow will go. So many strange and inconsistent things can happen if you torque your bow.
Too much finger on your string can send your arrow flying left or right. Too much pressure on your arrow pushing up on the nock pin can send your arrow flying up or down. Use just your the tips of your fingers as you pull the string back. Less surface area mean less chance for variance in your release. Let the arrow nock do the work. Place your fingers under the arrow, but don’t put any pressure on it.
Three points of reference are needed to perfect your aim. You need to line up the string, the tip of your arrow, and the target.
Your follow through covers both hands. If your bow hand moves before the arrow clears the stave then the arrow will kick in the opposite direction of which you moved your hand. I use a simple counting method to insure this doesn’t happen. “Release – 2-3-4”. I count this out in my head like a rhythmic drum as I let the arrow fly. I don’t move a muscle until after that four count or until I hear that arrow hit the target.
If you use a follow through then your string hand shouldn’t be in the same spot after you release the string. Much like bowling you should follow through with your shot. You do this by smoothly pulling your hand under your ear as you release the string. This too is muscle memory. Learning to do this instinctively adds more consistency to your form. Some archers use a stationary release. This means that your string hand locks to your anchor even after you release your string.
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