Coaching Information

Receiving instruction from a qualified Archery Coach is always the best way to start your archery journey. However, if you need a little refresher or like to read about techniques then hopefully this information will be of interest to you.

Introduction

Set Up 

With the fingers hooked around the bowstring and the bow hand settled in to the proper grip position, extend your bow-arm forward.

The elbow of the bow-arm should be rotated vertically.

 

It is important that the bow-arm shoulder remains lowered during the next action.

 

The forearm of your drawing hand (bowstring hand) should move and remain as close to "in-line" or parallel to the arrow during the next action.

 

Raise the bow-arm up slightly above your point of aim (slightly above nose level and pointing in the direction of the target).

Move the drawing arm behind the arrow so the forearm is "in-line" with the arrow shaft

As you raise the bow, rotate your chest and shoulders so your upper body is parallel to the arrow (perpendicular to the target).

 

The hand on the bowstring should be raised to the approximate level of your nose.

 

Check your bow-arm elbow. It should be rotated so the inside joint at the elbow is straight up and down.

Draw and Alignment

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Draw: Draw the bowstring back toward the side of your face.

The bowstring hand started slightly above the level of your nose at the end of the set-up step.

 

As you draw the bowstring back toward your face in a straight line it should end in a position at the side of your face.

 

Your index finger on the bowstring hand will be near the corner of your mouth.

Load: As you draw your bowstring arm back toward your face, move your shoulder (drawing-arm) back and down as far as possible.​

This is the action of positioning the shoulder and scapular so that the back muscles can "take over" the draw weight of the bow in a later step called transfer and hold.

 

Think of rotating the shoulder blade around from the front of your body toward the back.

 

As you rotate the shoulder back, it should also move down as low as possible.

Move: your drawing arm elbow until it is directly behind and parallel to the arrow shaft.

If you are not able to get your elbow directly behind the arrow it is OK. If the elbow is slightly higher than the arrow you are in a good position but the elbow should not be below the arrow.

Full Draw Position

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Execution

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