In the world of archery the primary goal to being a great archer is accuracy. It goes without saying that the more accurately you can shoot your bow the better you will score in a competition, or the more kill shots you will deliver while hunting. Improving your archery shot accuracy comes down to three main factors – Proper form, Consistency and Practice. The more you improve at any of these 3 factors the more accurately you will be able to shoot and the better Archer you will become. Here are 5 archery tips that you can use to greatly improve your archery shot accuracy.
1. Use 2 anchor points instead of one
An anchor point is a point usually on your face where you can consistently place the bowstring or a part of your hand so that you know that you are pulling the bow back to the exact same point every time. Commonly archers will use touching the bowstring to their nose, or placing the knuckle of their index finger in front of their ear lobe, or they may have a kisser button that hits the corner of their mouth. Using an anchor point produces consistency and will therefore help to increase the overall accuracy of your shot. By using two different anchor points it further solidifies this consistency and narrows the chances of slight differences in the placement of your first anchor points.
2. Tune your Bow
Tuning your bow can greatly increase your archery shot consistency. Tuning your bow and the equipment on it will ensure that the arrow is being launched as straight as possible out of the bow. It will also stop or greatly reduce the amount of arrow fletching contact on your bow accessories which can cause inconsistent and erratic flight of your arrow. The best way to tune your bow is to use the [paper tuning method].
3. Don’t punch the Trigger
Punching or pulling the trigger on a release when you fire the bow can cause bow torque, flinching and inconsistent shot patterns. When releasing your bow string it is important that you concentrate on aiming at the target and while doing this slowly start squeezing the release until it suddenly lets go of the string. It should almost be a surprise to you when it releases the string. In doing this it will allow for a more calm and smooth release which means more shot consistency and accuracy.
4. Follow your Shot Through
A lot of archers including myself have been guilty of not following through when the arrow has been released. This is the same idea as golf and keeping your head down. After releasing the bow many archers will drop the bow and look to see where their arrow went. This can cause the arrow to drop, or can cause the arrow to hit equipment causing very erratic behavior in the flight pattern and consistency of your arrow. It is very important that you keep your shot form, and the bow up until after your arrow has hit the target. This will ensure that the arrow is making it out of the bow before you start bringing it down.
5. Shoot a Comfortable Draw Weight
Shooting a bow can be very tiring especially when you are pulling back more weight than you are used to. If you are struggling to draw your bow then you will end up tiring out your muscles before you even start trying to steady and aim your bow. This will obviously cause you to start shaking or wavering and will cause inconsistent shots. Try reducing the amount of weight you are pulling and increasing that weight slowly as you build up muscle and stamina.
Archery is definitely a sport of skill and patience and will become more fun the better you begin to shoot. Improving your archery accuracy will take time and dedication but if you adopt the above tips you will begin to notice your shooting accuracy improve.