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How To Play Archery

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How to play archery

Archery is a fine skill sport requiring attention to detail and a good eye. There are basic steps to learn archery. Any amateur can easily be proficient in this game but to learn it, play it, and be a better sportsman, archery needs to be practiced regularly and under supervision. Let us go through the basics of how to play and grasp the joy of archery.


 First of all, you have to collect all the required equipment before starting.

1. Vision Test

Every player who is willing to take part in archery should make sure their vision is sharp and that they can see the target. This has to be the first step to consider for any archer. As the targets are far away and very small, it takes keen observation power to hit the target. You can try these quick tips to check your vision:

    • Form a triangle by putting your thumbs together and forefingers together. Choose an object that’s about 15 feet away and situate it in the middle of the triangle. Close your left eye and determine if the object stays centered or shifts. Test with the right eye as well.
    • The eye that keeps the object centered is your dominant eye.
    • This is important because bows are designed specifically to be held with either the right or left hand, so it’s important to know which is best for you.


2. Essential safety equipment

An essential safety equipment which you are needed during practicing the archery is a bow, arrows, and guards for protecting various body parts from hurts and injuries during the game. Mostly, the players suffer minor injuries on their wrist areas and fingers when they release the arrow. Hence, protection for arm, fingers, and chest must be put on before entering the game. Even experienced archers often use arm guards and shooting gloves/finger tabs. An armguard will protect you from the snap of the string, while a shooting glove/tab will protect your fingers from the strain of pulling the string back.

    • A chest guard is another recommended piece of safety equipment. It goes across the shoulder of the arm that holds the bow. It serves to flatten your clothing so the string doesn’t snag on them.
    • If you are shooting in the woods, or around other shooters, it’s important to wear bright clothing, usually orange, to make yourself highly visible to reduce shooting accidents. There is no shame in using help and taking extra precaution when you first start out. When you get comfortable, you can decide to stop using safety equipment if you want.

3. Exercise before starting

The first step to do before you get started is to stretch the body. Stretching is compulsory to avoid a pull of the muscle. To avoid any injuries that might hurt the arms, elbows, and shoulder muscles and result in severe pain, the players are advised to do some basic stretching before the game. And please make sure that all dangling objects including earrings, loose clothing should be removed. If the player possesses long hair, it should be tied back for precautions.

Procedure to start an archery game

Follow below tips for playing archery:

  1. Choose a bow with the proper poundage/Choose your equipment wisely.

Poundage, also called draw weight, is a descriptor of how much weight it takes to pull the bowstring back. Your size and strength will determine the poundage that will serve you the best. This is one of the things an expert at an archery club can help you with. For example, if you are starting as a child that would want a draw weight of 10-20 lbs, depending on their size. A large man would want at the highest 35 lbs.

    • Choosing a draw weight very wisely, if it is too high for you that will make shooting too difficult, but it can also cause injury in your arms because you’ll strain at pulling the string back.
    • You also don’t want it to be too easy to pull the string back, as this will cause you to over-pull the string.
  1. Carry your bow and arrow in a proper form.

The next step is placing the arrow in the dent attached to the string. The string is generally made of synthetic material, so fingers need a tab for protection from minor cuts. The rubber-rest holds the arrow over the bow and it’s the responsibility of the player to make sure that it clicks the rest. The arrow must not come loose.

Choose a bow that is suitable for you, and is comfortable in your grip. While the arrow is on the dent and the string is stretched, make sure that index finger is placed above the arrow, with the middle and ring fingers below the arrow. The little finger and thumb should be placed away. Make sure they never touch the string. This enables the free movement of the arrow without putting any pressure on it.

Now it’s time to release the arrow. Gently, the string should be pulled back such that it touches the tip of your nose and your hand is below your jaw. If you feel your muscle tensed, then ease it back and make sure to warm up the muscle and your arm.

  1. Vary your angles and distances when you practice/Hit your target.

When you are new then its very easy to fall into the comfortable trap of setting up a target at the same distance every time and shooting straight on. However, if you want to increase your skill, you need to shoot from long distances and different angles. If you typically shoot at 15 feet, take shots from 20, 30, and 40 feet to increase your accuracy from long range. Don’t do all of your practice with a single target in an open field. Set some targets up in the woods if you can, or set up 2-3 targets and practice hitting each of them while you stand in one spot.

  1. Practice as often as you can.

If you want to start archery as a casual hobby that you pick up once in a while, that’s fine, but don’t expect to improve much. Becoming a proficient archer it takes consistent practice. If you can’t practice every day, set a goal to practice a few times a week. Especially at the beginning when you are new to this game, your muscles may get sore from the new strain of archery, so make sure you don’t overdo it. Give yourself time to rest in between shooting sessions. If you can practice consistently for at least the first month or so after you learn, you’ll have a better chance of getting the form down. Then your practice could slow down a little.

  1. Breathe steadily when you shoot.

Holding your breath during a shot is a common mistake made by beginners. What this does is reduce oxygen to your brain and also can affect your vision. Please try to take slow, normal breaths that keep you calm but don’t cut off your oxygen. Since archery is a calm sport, maintaining even breathing will keep you calm from start to finish of the shot. A good practice is to exhale as you release the string so that your breath and the arrow are work simultaneously.

These are some simple but very effective techniques if you seriously want to play this game then please remember these tips. If you follow all of these tricks then it definitely helps you to enhance your skills.


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