Basic form for traditional archery

Basic form for traditional archery

real light all right I like archery I'm just going to go through the basics yeah I'm going to go through basic archery form need to hold the camera straight there jack and make sure that I'm in the picture this one so basic archery form pretty much you need to get everything in a straight line there's a couple of different ways you can stand and heel to heel or you can drop Oh take that a dr. more open fighter stance which I prefer so that's heel to toe on the line all right here on our fighter stance I know we're a straight line to the target the other thing is how you hold your bow you need to grip that both the same way each time off it's a longbow hey Charlie don't used to recording me yeah here look damn yeah I don't think it's gonna work get the tripod rowdy first of all I'll cover dripping debo I'll go through longbows and then I'll do recurves at a later stage so longbow you want to have the heel down so that's heel down on the bow as opposed to heel up heel down and straighten to the grip of your hand what I do is I just put right into the grip of my hand get a good grip and then hold it tight you kind of want to throttle the longbow you want to have a good firm holding it kind of like choking the chicken because you don't want it to jump around in your hand long bows are usually very light if you don't have a firm grip on the boat it can jump talking to Eric and throwing it off all right next thing I'm going to cover is the draw three ways to draw first way is the fredbear style where you point your boat pull straight back and the other two are swing draws some draw from the bottom which is the way I prefer bringing back on that last 15 centimeters or you can draw from the top pulling down like that now the reason I prefer the swing draw from the bottom because as you draw there's a straight line coming up to your target and this generally ensures that you'll be on the target vertically not always horizontally but your arrow will hit somewhere on that vertical plane so straight away that kind of eliminates some of the some of the stuff that makes arrows go hey why ok canting the boat you also want to count the bow so if it's straight up and down when you're shooting off the shelf it's an area unnatural position it doesn't go with the natural position your body is so if you close your eyes and just bring the bow up that will give you a natural can't line now when you can't the bow it's really important that you also can't you hit over as well it's no use pulling the bow back if we hit still straight up and down you want to count the boat tip your head down so your heads on the same angle before your release now this arm that's pulling on there and the pushing arm are very very important if they're not in line you're not going to be consistent so very important that you focus on drawing with your back muscles and that you're pushing back with this elbow and pushing forward with that hand it's a constant push and pull motion now if you do it correctly this arm here should be in line it should all be fairly straight what you want to avoid is having that arm really high so pulling back and having a high draw arm what that does is it puts unnatural pressure on the string and that can also affect release so straight line arm straight back hand pointed straight forward focusing on the target and then just letting an arrow slide off your fingers I'm just going to really quickly work through a release you want a really good smooth release it's almost like you're pulling back and then just relaxing those fingers and letting that string slide off your hand so to start off with how you're going to grip your bow there's several different ways you can grip it with the string off turn around this way you can drift with the string right up in the hook to your fingers or you can use the very tips or you can go somewhere in-between halfway from the tips in that first joint there I prefer put the first joint and then come slightly back so on geo stripping the string with those three fingers you want a good firm hook while keeping your hand relaxed if your hand is very tight if you're struggling to hold that string you won't get a smooth release you'll notice when you first start shooting it's going to be very hard to grip that string and the more you shoot the more your hand will strengthen up and get used to holding it in the more you can relax it and hook that string so the key to a good release is having a good anchor so that middle finger right on the corner of your mouth there's a few different ways you can anchor you can anchor three fingers below the string below your chin you can have one finger above to below you can anchor with that top finger corner of your mouth you can anchor bottom finger corner in mouth I prefer the middle finger right on a corner a lot of books I've researched a lot of people I've talked to also preferred this method it just makes for a more consistent relief so good anchor draw it back focus on the target when you come to full jaw just release whenever your mind tells you to release release some people hold for a couple of seconds some people draw back a touch and release of a metal it it's completely up to you and the more you shoot the more your subconscious will take over and the less you will think about this release so just focus on a really good anchor point and letting it string slide off your fingers and everything else will just kind of fall so I'm just going to go through the draw and the release here for you easy peasy the main thing with the release is at you ideally want the second anchor point not everyone has a second anchor point Tim wells for example he just lets loose and plucks the string under the air and that guy's a deadly shot so whatever works for you guys just go with what you prefer the majority of people I've spoken to and the majority of the books that I've read recommend a second anchor point so whether that be on your cheek touching your ear touching your shoulder that second anchor point just guarantees a consistent release every time you shoot and what I like to do I pull back and I'll try to anchor every time touching my face again I'll pull back come to full draw and touch my face after the shot and the main thing is if you're really consistent with that second deck avoid your arrow is going to fly the same way at the same point on the target every time and you will eventually start to get better and better groups the more that you shoot to get super accurate what you really want to do folks is focus focus on that point of the target you're aiming for try not to think about anything else if you're focusing on that point on the target and everything else is consistent you are going to start grouping those arrows rather nicely and practices the key here the more you practice the more accurate you will get practice practice practice practice aim for consistency and those arrows are going to start working really nicely for you as you can see there change the angle the camera bit that's a fairly good group

23 Replies to “Basic form for traditional archery”

  1. You need to keep your kids out of the videos and teach them not to walk up behind you when you are holding a weapon. Not very safe.

  2. all good tips, presonally i would never "sky" draw as its bad technique for your leading shoulder.
    other wise love the work you do, cant wait to get back across the ditch to NZ again.

  3. AWESOME VIDEO!!!Especially loved the start. It was wonderful that you didn’t cut it out. I am just happy the boy didn’t get smacked too hard in the face. Gotta be careful.
    But awesome video. Though I use a recurve.

  4. Stay true dude, I enjoyed the video because it was real life. If you enjoy reading books on shooting get a copy of Joel turners book The Iron mind shooting. Well worth and good shooting. Cheers

  5. I'm learning to shoot but I'm an idiot to archery. made my own bow as seen on YouTube and it works great however I do have a question. do all arrows fly slightly to the left??? I'm using my bow right handed. no window or sights. just a 35 lbs bow made of pvc pipe.
    if it's true, I can just adjust but if it's something I'm doing wrong I'd like to know. thanks!

  6. There is no one style or way to do things. Some people stand wider, closer, etc. Archery is simple, "what works". I've seen hundreds of styles, stances, grips, etc. And they all work.

  7. Brilliant! I have spent close to a year slowly shrugging off the 'target form archery' i have been drilled with. Started with Fred Aspels instinctive shooting. Now i have a video to show others the correct hunters method of shooting.

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