Bow Control Exercises

Posted: March 18, 2012 in Archery, Videos

Since I began shooting traditional bows, I’ve primarily been, in the parlance of the sport, a snap shooter. What this means is that I would draw back the bow, and the moment that I reached my full draw, I would shoot. Right away. No waiting. Now, I thought this was just the way one was supposed to shoot with traditional bows. In some circumstances, it is. It’s certainly one way to do it. That said, it’s not the only way.

If you’re after better, more reliable accuracy, you really need to control the way a shot happens better. You have to be able to let down if things don’t feel right. You have to hold at full draw and make sure you’re settled, especially for those longer shots, or the ones where pin point accuracy is important. Sadly, I felt like…I just wasn’t wired that way. I hit anchor (full draw), and the shot would happen. Like many men, I had a problem of going off before I wanted to. I tried holding on target and counting, but found that both frustrating and somewhat useless. I wondered if I’d ever get this issue under control.

Until I thought of something. The idea was this: If I acquired one target, then moved to another, then back, finally shooting, I would have fooled my brain into going along with the idea that I didn’t HAVE to shoot until I wanted to. I retrained my brain. At least, a little. The following videos will demonstrate the technique. (More below the break)



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