Today I want to show what has always been one of my favorite archery training exercises: shooting in the dark.
The shooting lane pictured above (in my family’s garden) is ideal for this exercise. It has decent distance of ~23m maximum and sufficiently insufficient light. What? xD
The point of this exercise is to be able to aim without looking too much.
The minimal light’s purpose is to show where the shooting lane is, we do not want arrows in the neighbor or his garden.
What should be used to aim is body posture, combined with the fact that you know where the target is in your mind. When this mastered, precision and posture coordination will greatly improve.
Start with a little light at the target and at the shooting line. The light should be just enough to make out the target but no details. Remove the light at the shooting line as soon as you can nock your arrows blind, something recommend all archers to learn (and the next step is to string the bow blind).
Use a target that makes a distinctive noise when hit, so you know when you did well. If you can see your arrows, it is too bright.
Learn to use your other senses for shooting too! Having good eyes certainly helps to aim well, but you can also listen to your arrows, for example, to know their trajectory! Something I definitely want to try one day is to have a target making noise in darkness, and aiming must be be based on the sound.
It may be frustrating at first but do not give up! It is very good practice and eventually you will make it ^_^
kitty hugs + happy shooting~
The first go-to way to track skill and progress in (target) archery is to write down scores for a set amount of arrows. A nice alternative to this is to make a scatter plot of *all* shots over a longer training, in order to get a clear picture of the current skill level.
Something like this:
The most primitive way to make a scatter plot (as pictured above) is to secure a lane for yourself and make sure that the target paper is only shot on by you. If that doesn’t work, there are also plenty of nice scoring apps available for phones, or it can be done on paper by hand.
In order to get the most out of these plots, it is a good idea to write down everything about the session that resulted in the plot. For example for the plot above: I was shooting for 2 hours, 18m, practicing to shoot instinctive, ~6s per arrow, 6 arrows per round. I didn’t count my arrows xD (I never do unless an app does it for me) but I know I should.
The nice thing about the scatterplot is that not only does it tell you how you are scoring on the target, but can also reveal any regular mistakes. If the cluster of arrows is shifted in a certain direction, it can say a lot about where the mistake is.
I definitely recommend this to be done regularly, especially if you are still in the stage of lots of learning and posture adjusting.
Kitty hugs to all~
Perhaps the first, and certainly most fundamental information beginners learn at our archery range is weapons safety rules. Nowadays some people fall into the trap of seeing only firearms as “weapons”, but thst is simply not true. Arrows and other points and blades may be “old school”, but are can still be lethal as ever. And despite the variety of weapons that exist, the most basic safety rules are pretty universal.
Unfortunately it can happen to anyone, including archers: something stupid happens and we injure ourselves and the next thing we know is we are at the hospital waiting for the doctor. Sucks. What now?
Excitiiiing~ This is a guest post by Erica Rascon, fellow blogger, archer, yogini, and writer of great posts about health and fitness. It is great to connect and collaborate on stuff like this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ~kitty hugs to all, now on to Erica’s awesome post :3
Requirements for accurate shooting can be split into two parts: aiming and technique. Part 1 concerns various aspects of aiming an arrow. This post is about the motions of a shot.
Accuracy denotes your ability to hit a target. An accurate shooter will aim at a point in space and the arrow will land there, or at least very close to it. Keep in mind that accuracy says nothing about precision, and comes mainly from a good aiming and shooting technique. This post concerns only the aiming, part 2 will cover shooting technique.
Precision is all about consistency, about shooting the arrow in exactly the same way over and over again. Precise shooting results in tight groupings, and ultimately the “Robin Hood shot” of hitting your own arrows (which may be glorious, or it may be unfortunate if your arrows are expensive…)
There are many different disciplines and competition types in archery, and therefore it is impossible to come up with a “recipe” to ace any of them. There are, however, a couple of things any aspiring champion should include in their prep besides just practicing shooting as much as possible. Of course this list is not extensive, but I have included the 5 things i deem most important.