For anyone beginning archery as a whole, there are some basic rules to follow that apply all across the field of archery. However, due to the difference’s in each type of archery, there are also some minor difference in which the different bows are used and handled. Once you perfect the basics, you can then delve in to the details which could help you to further improve your use of the recurve bow. This guide intends to teach you the basics so that you may learn the craft while keeping yourself from coming in the way of harm.
As you take up your spot to begin to shoot at the target, you must first make sure that you are standing on the right position. This implies that you take your place and stand at it with your legs at least shoulder width apart from one another. Additionally, ensure that the rest of your body is arching perpendicularly towards your target, in order to better aim at the target so that you don’t miss it when you shoot. With your own position decided on, position your arrow into the barrel, secure it firmly in the nock and prepare to shoot.
Preparing to Shoot
Just because you are properly positioned for the right posture to shoot does not mean you are quite ready to shoot. Begin by lifting your bow to your approximate shoulder height and at the same time ensure that your bow arm is straight yet locked at the elbow. Ensure that the as you pull the string of the bow, it rests against your palm whilst pushing against it as well. When you have ensured these, then position your shoulders so that they are kept down, your elbows are not at a position where the bow’s string would graze them upon the release of the arrow, and that your body is perpendicular towards the target, as above mentioned, while your head is turned towards the target. Pull the string of the bow only halfway through until you have ensured the correct position.
Drawing the Bow
This may sound like an easy and simple task to do, but drawing the bow for any kind of bow required serious muscle strength. Once you have established your ideal posture for shooting the arrow, you must then secure the arrow through the barrel into the nock and start to draw the string back until it is level with the corner of your mouth. The key to being able to draw back the string of the bow successfully is to do so using your back muscles which are stronger, rather than your biceps and triceps, which are not quite as strong in comparison.
Take Aim & Release
The final step is perhaps the simplest because to arrive at it you have taken all the proper steps and precautions to ensure the ease of the final one. When aiming, you must focus on your dominant eye and use that to make the most accurate aim. Every one has one dominant eye also known as ocular dominance, this essentially means that your brain trusts the image provided by one eye over the other. Often this eye is the same as your writing hand, but it is not absolutely necessary.
Once you have ensured you dominant eye and taken aim to your satisfaction, you may then release the arrow by simply releasing the string from your fingers. Do your best to try and not jerk the string in any way as that will off set your aim. Instead focus on simply relaxing the muscles in your fingers and letting the string and the arrow slide through with ease. The more with ease that you do this, the better and more accurately the arrow will shoot across the expanse and have a higher chance of hitting the target.
Another means to train your body to become the best at archery is to remain motionless even after releasing the arrow. Remaining motionless will help to improve your body’s initial urge jerk when your have let the string go. Remaining still will also improve your shooting experience and its accuracy as well.
There are certain mistakes that a beginner archer does make, but the important thing is how quickly you bounce back and how much effort you put into practicing the art of archery in order to improve it. The first thing you must put the most time in practicing is you position; as mentioned earlier the final step is a breeze if you perform those preceding it correctly. If you posture is correct, then half the war is already won. Other than that make sure to keep yourself safe at all times; newbies often get grazed by the string of the bow and it is quite painful, but again as long as you nail down your posture, you are safe as well as well trained to take aim and release.