Archery is a touchy skill and you can easily slip out of the rhythm. For developing a strong technique you need time, excellent coaching and off course hard practice. Every shot teaches something new, so if you want to become an expert shooter you gotta pay attention to your shots.
Have you ever thought why your arrows aren’t hitting the middle? The frustration caused by not hitting the center of the target can be very disappointing; your entire tempo falls apart though you might be shooting terrific.
In this process, you need to figure out the handful of blunders which most amateur archers make resulting off the target arrows. Both the archer and the coach should be able to point the quirks out…for achieving something you must know the do’s and don’ts of the trade.
Here, I have explained some most common mistakes which I have noticed in many archers. You should avoid these mistakes to become a PRO in archery.
1. Bad or Inconsistent Stance
A good and solid stance is the base of a perfect shot. A consistent one is even more important. This is the basic and first step of archery you learn and people tend to lose it the quickest.
It’s ideal to place your feet with shoulders wide apart, giving you a solid foundation to pivot. Your draw hand and arrow should line up straight to the target. Your stance affects your balance and center of gravity so a too open or too closed stance isn’t recommended.
A slightly open stance is good along with looking downrange. Every time you draw a bow, you must use the same stance with consistency.
2. Bow Torque and Tight Grip
For ensuring a better shot you must keep your bow vertical and torque-free. Your hand must be relaxed and you should bring your fingers around the bow in a way touching the front of the bow gently. For a relaxed grip, a wrist slap assures you that the bow is secure. Avoid twisting your bow right or left as it may throw the shot off.
To attain the best grip, keep it slightly open and relaxed. This will also prevent bow torque. Usually, inexperienced archers hold the bow with overzealous and overcompensating grip resulting in torque.
The key to a proper grip is to naturally brace the bow between your forefingers and thumb. To keep your hand influence minimal on the pitch of the bow is the basic thing here.
3. Inconsistent Anchor Points
Consistency is the key point in archery. It starts with a consistent stance, grip and more importantly a consistent anchor point. Even a minor change will have a great impact on your shooting. A consistent anchor point can be a challenge for beginners.
Your anchor point is a spot on your face and must be the quality one. An anchor point assists the archer in placing his draw hand at the same spot every time he shoots flying your arrows in the same direction.
Your instructor may guide you to determine your anchor point. It must be the position which feels more comfortable for you. Your equipment must feel comfortable with your body and the technique you are using. After practicing long, you will eventually find your groove, so lock it consistently.
4. Right Positioning of Fingers
One of the most common archery mistakes is to rush your fingers on the bowstring. Take a second to look at your fingers position because it can pay big dividends for your shot.
Too much finger tension while hooking the bowstring or placing your fingers in the wrong place, can cause serious issues like missing the target or developing painful finger blisters.
Your hand position on the bowstring should be consistent and make sure to place your fingers on the string just like you were taught. Proper and consistent hooking can create tighter groups.
5. Elbow Rotation
A simple but one of the most important skills of archery is correct elbow rotation. Your bow arms elbow must rotate straight up and down when you draw the bow and then release the arrow.
You may end up with bruised inner elbow or your arrows may veer to a single side of the target. You must rotate your elbow straight before even raising or drawing your bow so your upper body is properly aligned to achieve stronger shots.
6. Not Following Through
Once you have a solid release of the bowstring, one of the hardest things is to maintain your aiming point till the time the arrow impacts the target. You drop your bow arm with a natural tendency to see where your arrow hits.
Today the bows have blazing speeds which result in failure of follow-through and ultimately alters your point of impact. Being a simple fix, it requires consistent practice and focus to make a concise effort of keeping your aim on the target until the arrow makes an impact.
7. Shooting too Fast
This is a common mistake among archers that they shoot too fast. It results in missing the targets as your brain isn’t ready to take it. A slow and thoughtful shot is always accurate as your brain gets more time to analyze the shot and take time for more corrections.
Once you know your mistake, it is easy to correct it. I have tried to explain the most common mistakes which i have noticed in most of archers, they shoot fas and they do not pay attention to the prerequisites of archery. Well, you can’t build a foundation by repeating the same mistakes again and again.
Focusing to correct them will help you out greatly to make your shots more accurate.
Correcting these archery mistakes will perfect your form and shots and you will become many step closer to the perfect archer you always want to be.