Archery Shooting Tips and Techniques

Dec 27, 2012   //   by Royal Oak Archers   //   Archery Tips  //  No Comments

1. Focus on Back Tension & Bow Arm Angle: When using back tension to trigger the shot, use only your draw-side rhomboid muscles to pivot your shoulder. These large, powerful muscles are located closest to your spine. This allows for “pulling” rather than a “pushing and pulling” motion. This ensures consistency since pushing the bow arm out can cause irregular release pressure and left and right hits.

2. Use a thin or relaxed bow grip: A thin grip minimizes surface area, which lessens the chance you’ll grip the bow wrong and torque it. This is one of the most common issues we see or have experienced ourselves over time that when avoided can make big improvements in your shooting.

3. Aiming – Come down on target: Many experts believe drawing with your sights just above the target and then lowering the sight pin into the bull’s eye is best since it requires less use of your arm muscles. This keeps you more relaxed and steadier on target. Remember “Aim Small-Hit Small”.

4. Practice long-range shots: The benefits of practicing long range shots not only expands your opportunity for harvesting game. For example; if you are hunting Elk or Mule Deer out west you may have to take a shot beyond 50 yards. Spook Spann practices shooting out to 60-70 yards and feels confident with his PSE Omen to get the job done if other conditions are good to take that kind of shot. Other benefits of practicing these ranges is it helps your confidence when you are taking 30 or 40-yard shots.

5. Hook the trigger with finger: When using a wrist-strap release, shorten the stem or strap on the release so that your finger has a deep grip on the trigger. This will allow you to form a “hook” using your finger. Note: the trigger should cross somewhere between the first and second knuckle. This makes trigger feel less sensitive and allows you to fire the trigger using your back, facilitating a surprise release.



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