Getting Good At Archery – The Top Tips

Members of the Gotemba Kyudo Association demonstrate Kyudo or "the way of archery."   The Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji hosted Nov. 5 the 2006 Camp Fuji Martial Arts Expo, a gathering of Japanese cultural attractions with an emphasis on the martial arts, including demonstrations from 238 performers with 16 different groups and several static displays. The Shizoka Sports Association estimated the expo featured the widest variety of martial arts groups at a single event, according to expo organizers.  (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Ethan E. Rocke)(released).

Members of the Gotemba Kyudo Association demonstrate Kyudo or “the way of archery.”
The Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji hosted Nov. 5 the 2006 Camp Fuji Martial Arts Expo, a gathering of Japanese cultural attractions with an emphasis on the martial arts, including demonstrations from 238 performers with 16 different groups and several static displays. The Shizoka Sports Association estimated the expo featured the widest variety of martial arts groups at a single event, according to expo organizers. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Ethan E. Rocke)(released).

If you have been keeping up with the popular topics these days, you would know that archery has gotten huge. Since the Hunger Games movie came out, more and more people are beginning to get interested in it. It isn’t just a fad though. It’s because archery is a blast! Anybody can start, but it does take some practice to get good though. We have a few tips for you to get the ball rolling.

1 – Work on your posture. There are tons of videos and images out there with the internet today demonstrating proper posture. Take videos of yourself shooting and compare it with the pros. Keep working on it until you start getting closer to what the experienced people are doing.

2 – Shoot angles. Anybody can get good at shooting straight ahead. You can step up your game even more if you shoot from an angle. The idea is practicing in different situations. If you only practice in one specific situation, you can get good at that situation, but not necessarily everywhere you shoot.

3 – Relax. It is so much harder to be accurate when you are tense up. It may be smart to just shoot with your eyes closed. Learn what it feels like to shoot without any target in mind and try to replicate that when you aim. You would be surprised what a clear mind and lose body can do when aiming.

4 – Pick the right bow. Make sure you know your own strength and pick out a draw weight appropriate to your skill level. Compound bows are also fairly good for beginners since they can grow with a shooter. Another options are recurve bows. The are more similar to traditional bows, but have some added features that make them worth getting. The best recurve bow will help you out much more than a cheap, flimsy bow.

5 – Try different distances. Like the angles tips, shooting at different distances will help you out too. Bows will become less accurate as the range goes up, so going for longer ranges will help you up your accuracy then staying at short distances.

6 – Add some exercise to your day. You don’t need to be totally fit to shoot, but it certainly helps. Getting stronger means you can add more draw weight, and that leads to a faster shot and less time for the trajectory of the bow to change because of speed.

With these tips, you should have a good starting point for your practice. Now that we are done with the talk, get shooting!