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Royal Oak Archers Sunday Night 3D Shoot Interest Survey

May 14, 2013   //   by Royal Oak Archers   //   Archery Tips  //  1 Comment

Royal Oak Archers is considering a Sunday Afternoon/Evening 3D Shoot called a Porch League.

Let us know your interested by completing the survey below:

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Are You Left or Right Eye Dominant?

Dec 28, 2012   //   by Royal Oak Archers   //   Archery Tips, Left or Right Eye Dominant  //  1 Comment

eye-dominanceCorrect identification of “eye dominance” is essential to the best success with archery. You can be right handed yet be left eye dominant and vise versa. If you are right eye dominant, you’ll want to hold the bow in the left hand and if you’re left eye dominant, you’ll want to hold the bow in in the right hand. In either case, aiming should always be with BOTH eyes open.

The Bear Wizard, Titan and Martin #154 fiberglass bows are equally “lefty/righty”. These are great for kids to try both ways to hold the bow and experiment to find which works best for them.

dominant_eyeTo test, hold your hands out at arms length and with both eyes open, look through the hole formed by your hands at a distant object. Keeping that object in view, slowly move your hands towards your face until they touch your face. The hole formed by your hands should be over one of your eyes. This eye is your dominant eye and will control your aiming. Another quick way to test your eye dominance is to point your index finger at a distant object with both eyes open, then close one eye and see if your finger appears to move away from what you are pointing at. If your finger does appear to move, then the eye that you closed is your dominant eye. Try again with your other eye and your finger should not appear to move. If you are RIGHT EYE dominant, you are a RIGHT HAND shooter and should shoot a right handed bow (the vast majority). The opposite is true with left eye dominance, and a left handed bow would be needed for the best and most natural archery performance.


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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