After reading Part 1: Set up your Recurve Bow, now we turn in to part 2:
How to shoot a Recurve Bow
Start from basic, you can easily follow this guide:
And there are some points you have to take notes:
I highlight anchor point because without using it, your archery cannot be perfect. I had experienced it before when testing to shoot with anchor point and shoot without anchor point. And it shows me an instinct result.
|With anchor point||Without anchor point|
|– The arrows go straight, consistent- The arrows pin target stably||– The arrows go oblique- The arrows pin target unstably|
Aim small, miss small
There is a common conception in archery: People believe that if beginners have a big target, they have more chance to hit it. They may be right in that aspect, they do have more chance to hit the target if it is bigger. But at the same time, it will bring large gap between the arrows. And you really don’t want that, do you?
When setting off, some people have a big target for about 60 cm in diameter. Imagine when shooting, you take first 3 shots: one on the top, on on the right side and one on the left side. So you get a big triangle shape. But it is not acceptable, especially if you want to get better, you have to narrow the distance between the arrows a lot. What we are trying to do is what people are always scared of. You aim a target about 5 cm in diameter. And people might say “Why would you do that? That would be so much hard to hit”. It might be hard to hit the target, but even when you miss, the arrows still get close to each other than they were if you aimed a big target. And it really helps, trust me.
How to focus on a target
For example, when I shoot, you see me aiming at the target face, but actually I just focus on the centre, a spot about 1 cm in diameter and overlook all else. Indeed, my 2 arrows pin accurately on the target.
So all I want to recommend you guys is to learn how to concentrate on a point because the smaller the point you focus on, the decreasing of gap between arrows you have.
The first thing you have to do is ensure that your shoulder place and your knee are in a line. You also want to bend your knee slightly; it will keep you in that position, but do not bend too much. That is the first step to have a proper stance.
The next step is focusing on shooting technique. Firstly, your bow arm has to be as straight as you can. Secondly, your other arm, which draws the arrow, you want it to be up high because you are using your back muscle and your shoulder muscle to pull back. Lastly, you need your back to be straight because if not, you are more likely to injure yourself. So remember: your bow arm straight, your back straight and your arm that pulls the arrow up high. After that, keep your arrow’s pulling arm moving backward as you release.
Practice hard and try to follow the instruction as correct as you can, you will see the difference.
Now you are know everything about Set up and how to shoot a Recurve Bow, let’s start!