Well, you now have your bow and you are thinking of taking down targets like the actors in adventure movies. Archery is not a skill to be learnt overnight and all of a sudden you are a star. It takes some time to pass through the novice stages. You need to learn the ropes and put in a little effort and practice for you to be that outstanding archer that the world has ever seen. The shortest route to perfection is avoiding mistakes. If you make mistakes on the way then you will take shots that you won’t be proud of. Some mistakes are committed because we think things are much more convenient that way. Here are the ones you are likely to find yourself doing in archery and how you can correct them to get the bull’s eye and enjoy archery.
This is a major step towards taking down your target. You get it wrong and the entire process is ruined with the anticipated fun all gone. Make sure you get the boldest stance that gives you authority over the shooting. You should stand perpendicular to the target, that is, you are on a sideways position, not the normal posture you put on when taking a walk. The legs should be shoulder width apart and try by all means to keep the feet literally planted at that appropriate spot. Moving them will make you lose the shot accuracy. If you are a beginner, find some guidelines to help you get used to keeping your feet in the right position. Drawing the shooting line during practice is essential as it helps you position your feet symmetrically. You can have your legs confined to the right spot even with some kind of tape. With time you will be able to get the right stance and you will work comfortably without the positioning aids.
Grasping the Handle Too Tightly
Shooting with a bow is a delicate art; you need to be flexible for you to get it right. One of the common mistakes an archer can make is holding onto the bow too tightly. This mostly comes automatically especially for the amateurs. Yes, you are taking the target and maybe it is a deer but you don’t have to put all the effort in your muscles. Save some for the brain and of course dressing your kill thereafter. Gripping the bow too tightly does not make you get the target precisely. When the bowstring has all that tension in it, upon its release, there is a likelihood of the arrow tilting to a side and missing the target in case there is a little imbalance. The solution is simple; just hold the bow handle loosely. In fact, you do not have to involve all your fingers. The thumb and the forefinger are enough for giving the right grip.
Using the Wrong Bow
The bow is your shooting tool. It is the one you will use to harness force and realize your ambitions simply by using it as the channel. It is obvious that if you have the wrong tool then you get the wrong shot. Do not be carried away by the draw weights and draw lengths. If you are a beginner, always start from the bottom. Take the first shot with bows that have low draw weights then rise through the ranks gradually. This way, you will be a better archer because when you hit high levels, you know just how fine to manipulate the tension and get your target. Even if you are masculine, do not be tempted to start with a high draw weight. With draw lengths, you can pick the one that fits you right from the tart. Here there are no strict regulations like for draw weights. You will be comfortable right from the start so do not go looking for lower draw lengths.
Another point on the bow is its handle. Pick one which fits in your hands comfortably well. Your fingers should be able to get the right clip without strain. Test the handles before buying and if you are making one at home, shape the handle according to your hands.
Wrong Distance Estimation
The distance between your targets can be difficult to estimate. This will make you shoot poorly getting the arrow either too close or far away from the target. This is normally a setback especially in cases where you only have a single chance. It is possible to correct this with time if you keep shooting. The more you shoot, the more accurate you will be able to judge those distances correctly. If you want to make things easier, you can get a rangefinder to help you get the target more accurately even if you are a newbie.
Poor Elbow Rotation
This is a mistake done by many archers. If you see your arrow missing the target often or you bruise your arm in the course of shooting, then the problem could be wrong elbow rotation. The best way to deal with this is to make sure that the arm holding the bow is rotated straight when drawing and shooting. Proper positioning of the whole body will help you get through this very easily. Do not bend the arm; only tilt it at an angle while it stays straight and at 90 degrees angle from the torso.
Moving While Shooting
You may find yourself moving as you release the arrow. This will affect the motion of the arrow and there are high chances you will miss the target. Do not move your trunk when aiming and shooting. As a matter of fact, only the head and eyes need to move because you need to look at your target. This is learnt through practice. Try to be rigid when shooting and you will soon be good at it.
Wrong Test; Dry Firing
Having the recurve bow in your hands can be very tempting. Even if you do not have an arrow or any target, you could find yourself shooting. Shooting an unloaded bow can damage the tool even before you start using it. The high tension mounts up in it and because there is no arrow, it is released into the parts of the bow. The limbs are mostly affected by this. Your inner arm is also at risk here so be a little careful next time. The solution is simple, always have an arrow before you go drawing the string with all your strength.