Sunday, May 22, 2011

Correction Of Form At The Archery Range
Today was a great morning. Up at 7am and at the range by 7:30am. I video my shooting from time to time to see if I have anything that I can make better in the way I shoot. Today was a perfect example of why I should do that more often.

After shooting two rounds, I switched from videoing the front of me, to my profile. Sure enough, I could see I was leaning back on my rear foot. You should always lean on the front foot, but naturally you want the comfort of the rear foot as you draw back. I switched to my front foot and it straightened me up, which corrected my stance, but it also made me aware of a few other issues I was unaware of. 

First, my back muscles used to shoot properly are weak. I am glad to see that I have time to fix this before any archery season. Mainly because my back muscles used to shoot this way haven't been used very much and it was tough to find a rhythm. I finally found it, but by that time my arm was pretty tired and that made me realize issue #2.

I need to work a bit more on my upper body conditioning. Sure, I have dropped nearly 50lbs since last season, which makes me feel great, but I now need to train my upper body to hold up my bow, with all of the accessories and to not shake so much AND make an accurate shot. Lots to do in three months.

It will be a challenge, but I love a good challenge and this one is a must. I will be at the range more and more conditioning my body with my corrected form and hopefully that will lead to a perfect shot on an animal this Fall.

Best of luck to all of you archers out there. How many of you record your trips to the archery range and see things that could use some adjusting?


  1. Al, who is that guy in the photos? Seriously!

    I have long thought that I needed to video myself to help identify my (I am sure numerous) flaws. This post will be the final kick in the a$$ to get it done. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this weekend.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Thanks, Mark. Some skinny guy stole my bow and started shooting it. Haha. Even having someone shoot a couple of photos of you while you are shooting can be a help. It's amazing how you go shoot at a pro shop and do well, and then you hit open ground and see differences in your style. I have to focus on what I am doing more and more because of the different terrain and conditions. Looks like I need more practice!