The hardest lessons to learn in archery are…

I’ve had a great response to my question “What they feel is the hardest lesson to learn?” and for that I would like to thank all my followers and readers for their input.
I know that there are many people out there that will have your own opinion on what they feel is the hardest lesson to learn,but based on the responses, there are a few things coming up time and time again.
  • Aiming or rather, how do you aim whether you are a gap shooter or instinctive archer?
  • Stance and footing on a field shoot, where you might not be on level ground.
  • Coupled with aiming is distance judgement, which can be especially tough on a well set field course, where the course layer has used every trick inthe book to fool you.
  • I think the biggest one though has to be drawing down or coming down when you’ve drawn up on a target but feel you have to release, even though you know something is wrong.
  • I’m also working on a post about the importance of arrow weights and importance of not shooting too light an arrow.
  • Over bowing, being to identify when you are shooting too heavy a draw weight bow.
My hope is to create a post on each of these topics in the next few weeks.
I’m planning on covering aiming in a future article but for those interested check out one of the recent coaching podcasts from the guys at The Push, which covers instinctive and gap aiming.
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Archers Paradox video

This last weekend down at the Wolverine shoot a few of us were discussing the importance of having the right spinning for your arrows. I think part of the reason for this was due to a couple of us having bought the tapering jig recently and Jim having got some arrows made up recently.

Whilst doing some research I came across this video on the Archers Paradox and dangers of using the wrong spinning of arrows.  I’ve posted a shorter version of this a few weeks back and I know a few other people have posted the link too.

The effects of too low a spinning is very evident, the arrows are almost like they are rubber bands! Also note the protective glove the archer wears when trying out low spine weights.

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