Some Useful Archery Tips
Archery is a fun and exciting sport, and once you get a few basic archery tips you will be well on your way to making it even more enjoyable. Since archery has been around practically as long as mankind, there have been all kinds of innovations over the centuries. In the twentieth century, the biggest technological advancement was the development of the compound bow.
The compound bow made it easier for more people to get involved in archery because it was a lot easier to pull than traditional bows. Some bows took so much strength to shoot that for people who did not have powerful arm muscles, it was practically impossible to release the arrow much less hit the target. In fact, some bows are so advanced that all you have to do is push a button.
So with new, high-tech equipment, the first thing you should do as a beginner, is go to the nearest store that sells archery equipment and start asking questions about how to choose the right archery equipment for you. This will give you a chance to not only see what is available and what choices might be right for you, but also to hold and feel the equipment to see if particular types or brands are more comfortable for you than others.
A bow can cost a lot of money, anywhere from $240 for a basic, introductory model to $2000 for the latest high-tech specialty offerings. Even if you plan to buy your equipment on the internet, it is best to do some research before you make the purchase. Because so much of how a bow reacts has to do with length and weight, whenever possible it is good to try one out in person before buying. If you can’t do that, make sure the company from which you are buying the bow has a guarantee policy, so you can return the bow if you are just completely uncomfortable with it.
It is necessary to be comfortable with your bow. That means starting out with a bow that you can handle, not the one that looks the coolest or has all the bells and whistles. You can always upgrade to another bow whenever you want. You will also need to decide on what you will be using your bow for the most: hunting or target shooting.
It may be that you already do some rifle hunting and want to another opportunity each year by adding on the bow and arrow season. Or maybe you saw an archery competition and decided that it looked like a lot of fun. The kind of archery you want to do will also determine what kind of bow you want to purchase. The recurve bow, for instance, is often used in target archery and is the only bow allowed for use in the Olympics.
No matter whether you decide on hunting or targets for archery, you will need to spend an enormous amount of time practicing. This is the most important of all archery tips, and is going to be the biggest key to success. Many people have the money to buy a really expensive bow but the key to being successful at archery is more in the skill than it is in the equipment. When it comes to firing, whether at a 9-point buck or at the bulls-eye on a target, you need to be able to concentrate and to be completely relaxed. This is not the time to wonder if you have the skill to hit the mark, but you need to have practiced so much that you could hit what you are shooting at with your eyes closed. All you want to do at this point is relax, concentrate and fire the arrow at the target.
Of all the archery tips in the world, the biggest one is to practice incessantly. The things to work on in your practice are stance--the position of your body and feet in relationship to the target, drawing and aiming at the target, and letting go and firing the arrow, which is called the release. For most people, the release is the hardest to get right.
If you are aiming at a deer, for instance, you may only have a matter of seconds to get your shot off. Seeing the deer is going to excite you and you have to control this excitement, the butterflies in your stomach, and just completely relax to make a good shot. The great thing about target archery is that in most instances, you do not have a moving target. You still have pressure, however, especially if you are in a competition or tournament and everyone is watching you shoot.
Practice stance, drawing, aiming, release and follow-through. If you master each of these, you will be an expert in no time.