The ABCs of Archery
Archery is the art of shooting arrows by using a bow. The elasticity of the bowstring is used to propel the arrow. Archery became a skill necessary for warfare before firearms were invented. It was the only form of long range combat before rifles came along. Since then, archery changed from being a form of combat to a sport. Archery as a sport has gained rapid popularity. When Richard McKinney won silver medals at the Olympics, he inspired America to take up the sport. Since then many archery clubs were formed across the country with aspiring archers taking up the sport actively.
If you want to take up archery, the best way to start off is by joining an archery club. These clubs have trainers and coaches who will help you learn archery. Here are a few basic pointers that will help you on your way to becoming an expert archer!
- Make sure you get the right archery gear. It is better to buy an entire archery set so that your bow, string and accessories are compatible with one another. If you want to enter professional tournaments, pick up a Bear Recurve bow since professional events such as the Olympics only allow recurve bows.
- If your hands are unsteady, use an archery release. It is not always recommended but if you are practicing with long bows, it is a useful accessory. It provides a single point of contact on the string unlike using multiple fingers.
- You might need a forearm guard if you experience pain in your draw arm.
- Remember to practice safety. Do not shoot at any humans or animals during your training!
Remember, Archery training is a long process and it requires time. Do not be discouraged with the pace of improvement. Learn from every shot and understand how your bow works. Archery is a skill that needs patience to master and if you are patient, you will become a professional!