Getting better with a bow is more than just going out and shooting a lot of arrows. That does help, but these archery accuracy tips will help you take your game up a notch. Sometimes the basic things will do the most good, and that goes just the same for your archery skills. We all know it’s important to do things the same way for each shot, but there’s more that you can do to increase your skills.
Match your equipment
It’s important to take the time at the beginning to match your equipment so that everything fits and meshes just right. This involves having a good arrow rest, properly matched arrows, correctly working peep sight, and more. For example, you don’t want to shoot off the arrow shelf with rigid plastic vanes. Instead, you would get an arrow rest made to accommodate rigid plastic vanes.
Group your arrows.
Just because you bought a dozen arrows that look the same does not mean that they will shoot the same. It’s also a bad idea to shoot a bunch of completely different arrows all together. When you shoot your arrows, you’ll find that they all fly just a bit differently. I’ve found this is much less of a problem with the best carbon arrows and new arrows. Take all the arrows that shoot the same and keep them. Don’t use the other arrows that fly differently.
Focus on the smallest thing possible
There is a huge mental aspect of archery. Focus is one of the main elements of any shot. You have to clear your mind of all other distractions and focus all of your mental energy on the target. You can’t just focus on a big spot though, you need to focus on the smallest spot that you can find. A tiny imperfection or the hole from a previously removed arrow. By focusing on the smallest point possible, you increase your amount of focus and that really helps your shooting.
Develop a pre shot routine
Creating a routine that you do before every single shot helps you to shoot more accurate. You’ll see this a lot with golfers and most sports. It could be something as short as three deep breaths or as long as a couple of minutes. Whatever it is, it helps you to focus your mind and body to prepare for the shot. You’ll find that it helps you to know when it’s time to shoot and when you can relax.
Multiple anchor points
A lot of people will see others use the corner of their mouth as an anchor point to which they draw each time. This doesn’t work for me. I find that I will change my face up as I get more tired or just because. This means that the corner of my mouth is in a different spot. So I use two anchor points to make sure that I draw the bow back each time to the same place. For me, my knuckle on my thumb goes to my ear and the bowstring touches my eyebrow. Using two or more points helps to make sure you line things up the same each time.
Try using these archery accuracy tips to make your shooting better. I’d love to hear how using these tips has helped you our or if you have any other tips that you’d like to share.