ARCHERY LEARNING THE BASICS
Archery has always been glorified into a heroic skill which requires steadfast focus like that exhibited by Lord Arjun in Mahabharata, the famed outlaw of English folklore Robin Hood and the heroic Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Most of us have been infatuated with the idea at some point in life; and if you didn’t turn broken kites into tiny bows and arrows as a kid, you missed out on childhood.
But there is only so much one can achieve with the sticks and strings of a kite. Thankfully, you can get your hands on some proper equipment at The Best Archery. We learned a few tricks from the ace archer Onyal Gurung on how to go about using a bow and arrow properly.
These are the step by step processes that will set you on your way to becoming a modern day Robin Hood.
STEPS TO ARCHERY
Perfect your stance and you will achieve proper stability.
Right handed archers hold the bow with the left hand, so with your left side toward the target, stand at a right angle to the target, with the tips of your toes against an imaginary line pointing at the center of the target.
Nocking the arrow
Nock arrow UNDER the nocking point on the string.
Set your bowhand on the grip on the inside of your life line, on the meaty part of your thumb. Thumb points toward target.
Place your fingers in such a way, that you “hook” the string with your index finger above the nock, and middle and ring finger under the nock
Do not use little finger and don’t pull an arrow with your bare hands, use a finger tab.
Prepare yourself to shoot. Properly align the elbow on your bow arm, Bring the bow arm to shoulder height -keep shoulders DOWN
Draw the string along
the bowarm in a straight horizontal line to the anchor point on your face using your back muscles to move your shoulder blades towards each other.
If using a sight, the string should touch the chin and the nose. The index finger is curled under the jaw bone; the thumb is NOT used as a reference anchor point. Keep your teeth together.
When anchoring, you should not re-position the string other than the anchor point as even a small movement would cause a great difference in aiming.
Set the sight ring onto the target. Maintain the connection of drawing hand to the face.
Hold and tighten the bowstrings along with bow and transfer the draw weight to the back muscles from your hands and shoulders.
Release and follow through
If all the other steps are properly executed and you feel very confident, comfortable, then it’s time to be fully prepared to execute the shot, releasing the bow.
Properly watch over your shooting position and check the alignment of both the bow and string. The release must be executed in a single smooth action.
The follow through in archery controls the release stage allowing the energy of the bow to hit the target and carefully watching over where the arrow goes.
Arm guard: Ensures the arrow doesn’t catch on the sleeves or hits the arm
Chest Guard: ensures that an archer’s clothing does not touch or deflect the bowstring
Quiver: Holds your arrows
Finger Tab: Used to pull the string
Six arrows=6 times of shooting =1 game which covers the overall points of 360. The training classes will be provided on how much you score.
The Best Archery
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