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Is Archery A Good Hobby?(4 reason for yes)

Archery is a good hobby. It is mentally and physically challenging, can be done anywhere, and is not that costly.

Those who know the art of archery in one way or the other, then you should know that it a great hobby that contributes to your focus, patience, and self-confidence. The best part of the sport is it can either be a social activity or can be enjoyed alone.

Besides, it is reasonably inexpensive, builds your confidence, and is an all-weather sport. There are different styles and types of archery you must acquaint yourself with besides finding the right kind of bow, arrow, and identifying your draw length and height. Archery is a distinctive and strategic activity and rather immersive.

Here are the benefits of learning archery:

  • Mentally stimulating

  • Physically conditions

  • Builds character and confidence

  • An all-inclusive sport with no restrictions

 

Types of bows

RECURVE BOW

  • Available in many varieties, Recurve Bows are also widely used in the Olympics

  • Olympians use an ‘Olympic Recurve’ bow to shoot

  • Thousands of recreational archers also use the recurve

  • Those who look for challenges and discipline should use the recurve

Recurve Release

  • Typically, an ideal release is obtained when you are relaxed and when the shot is repeatable
  • If you are exacting amounts of unnatural tension, then you will not be able to replicate the shot
  • Only relaxed shots can be replicated
  • Begin with good alignment and little tension through the wrist
  • Try to align your wrist directly behind the arrow and hook the fingers into the bowstring
  • Alternatively, try to flex the forearm to achieve precise alignment
  • This can be performed with a little forearm tension and motion
  • During the entire process, the wrist should remain relaxed and your back can be properly used for the shot
  • The tendency to squeeze through the clicker is minimized or flexing your hand inward from the wrist is also reduced

COMPOUND BOWS

  • Compound bows are known for their precision and marksmanship

  • Achieving target with incredible accuracy, center hitting comes easily

  • Typically, compound bows are used for competition, bowhunting, and recreation

Bow Grip

  • Place your relaxed hand on the bow’s grip – your hand should not go any further

  • The deepest part of the bow’s grip should be engulfed in the web of your hand, also known as the throat

  • Thereafter, place the area between the thumb and the lifeline of your palm in such a way that it contacts the grip

  • The knuckles should be back at a 45o angle against the rise when you look at your hand

  • Now, place the rest of the fingers on the bow’s front and point your thumb toward the target
  • By now, you should be squeezing the grip of the bow and the fingers should be tucked so that they do not touch the bow
  • A finger and wrist sling may be required if you use the tucked technique so that the bow does not dropdown
  • Set your grip in place to apply slight pressure to the bowstring and relax your hand as you make the shot

TRADITIONAL BOWS

Imagine a sleek simple bow, without any gadgets or sights – and you have a traditional bow in your hands

The design is authentic, timeless, and great fun for a shot

Recurve Bow Anchor point

Barebow archers press their index finger to the corner of their mouth or rest it on their canine tooth, which acts as an anchor point

To help aim the tip of the arrow, some archers choose higher anchor points

For instance, if you touch your middle ring finger to the canine tooth, it is a higher point of pressure

The bowstrings are also aligned by barebow archers to increase consistency

Shooting style, face shape, and personal preferences play an important role in traditional and barebow anchor points

Archers always prefer to experiment with their anchor points till they find one that suits them

Types of archery

Target Archery (Indoor and Outdoor)

  • The target object in this type of archery is stationary and with a bullseye or gold center

  • Recreationally, however, other types of targets can also be used

  • But the WA bullseye target with the gold center is recommended target and extremely popular

  • The target used to be known as the FITA target or Federation Internationale de Tir a, which is now called WA or World Archery Target

  • Used for different shooting distances, targets come in varied sizes
  • You need a larger target face if you are standing at a longer distance
  • Common target sizes with the target size or diameter of the outer or largest ring, are as follows:
    • 18m Indoor or 40cm
    • 25m Indoor or 60cm
    • 30 and 50m Outdoor or 80cm
    • 70m and 90m Outdoor or 122cm
  • The central gold ring shot or the bullseye is worth 10 points and further the target ring from the center, the lower the points
  • Recurve, barebow, compound, and other types of bow such as crossbow are some of the most common ones. They are meant for all skill levels.

Olympic Archery

  • With targets of over 70m or 230 feet using a WA or FITA target of 122 cm, Olympic Archery is meant for both men and women
  • But only the recurve bow is allowed at the competition
  • Other styles of bows are not featured at the Olympics

Field Archery

  • An outdoor version of target archery field archery is practiced along a course through woodlands or uneven terrains
  • Archers set up stationary targets at elevations and different distances
  • The style includes more variables and distractions and differs from the plain target
  • Archers may shoot downhill, uphill, or sometimes targets at unmarked distances
  • Varied wind, light and shade conditions play a crucial role in field archery
  • A typical field archery course can use 48 targets or 24 targets
  • All of them are marked with the distance up until the target
  • There are another 24 which are unmarked
  • A total of 144 arrows are with three arrows to each target
  • Use the barebow, compound bow or the recurve bow at all skill levels for field archery

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