Archery Shooting Tips

Traveling around the US to archery events we hear a lot of stories and experiences that archers openly share with us. Our encounters left us with a common theme among hunters and it simply is that archers only need his/her bow to learn how to shoot it. Statements supporting this theme sound like this, “if I want to get better I will shoot my bow more” or “I pick up my bow once a year and hit the target close to where I want”. What is the first thought that came to mind as you read the statements? Hearing these statements reminds me that I used to share similar beliefs. If I pick up my bow and hit the target within a 10 inch diameter then I am a skilled archer. Not only was I mistaken I impressed upon my nephews these misguided beliefs.

I have to give modern technology credit because it does enable new archers to pick up a bow and hit the target relatively accurate. However, if the majority of newb’s inductors were like mine and the one I became then there is little to no instruction regarding the steps to properly send an arrow downrange delivered to the newb. I mean come on what more does a newb need to know if he/she is hitting the target face with decent success. Seriously, out of a dozen arrows only three shots whacked my arm and two missed the target while the remaining ten are scattered on the target. Why is my forearm bleeding, bruising, and swelling to the size of a damn ostrich egg? Surely this is normal for most archers right? Not so fast…

If you ever played a sport as a kid you can probably recall the name of someone who taught you the fundamentals of how to play the game. This is applicable to other experiences such as playing an instrument. In archery, learning the fundamentals are often overshadowed by the hits of the arrows and adjusting equipment (Detailed list of shooting steps ). During our conversations with archers we would discuss anchor points and other steps of the shot process but shockingly we would encounter blank stares to much of the information we were sharing. To the point that we would walk the archer through the shot process with the Dry Fire Pro® archery training device to point what an anchor point is. Some archers would put their mechanical release hands behind their heads or 3-4 inches off of the face. Meaning they couldn’t tell you which part of the jaw or face they touch for consistency.

Point being is that anyone can pick up a bow and let arrows fling down range but an archer is knowledgeable of the steps taken throughout the shot process to be successful in the field, on the range, during competition, and when sharing the passion for the sport of archery with others. If you really want to become a better archer then learn archery. If you can sign up for lessons, use tools other than a bow and arrow to safely develop the shot process basics (like our Dry Fire Pro®), and utilize the internet to access more blogs, coaching sites, videos, and archery tips (Why I need an archery coach).

by Justin Tafoya, Owner-Dry Fire Archery