The Shot Cycle

Published 2017-07-01

These are my notes for the great series of posts by

Archery 101 - The Shot Cycle.

Repeatable consistent actions are key to being a good archer.

1) The Stance

The foundation of a good shot cycle

Stances - squared, open, oblique, closed, narrow (don’t touch the shooting line)

2) Nock Arrow

Don’t infringe neighbours space.

3) Hook String

Weight distribution -> hook - index finger, full draw - middle finger

Thumb goes down and touches little finger - this will go on to form one of the anchor points.

4) Set Grip

Bow dictates grip to use, solid grip - better shot, accuracy.

Grip should be natural, comfortable, and easily repeatable.

Pivot Point - web of hand. Pressure Point - meaty part of thumb (right of centre rhd, left of centre for lhd).

Steeper handle, closer two points are together.

Set pivot point first then pressure point.

5) Set-up

Focus the mind, what do you need to do? Where do you want to hit ? Focus on that point stay focused. Position bow prior to draw. Set shoulder - back and down (pull shoulder in then down whilst still pushing forward with hand).

6) Draw

Highly repetitive movement- injuries if not done right.

Motion natural, smooth, and straight to anchor

7) Anchor(s)

More anchor points more consistency!

Traditional - corner of mouth, thumb/little finger touching neck, (feather to nose).

Recurve - Under the chin, string off-centre of mouth, at side. String touching nose. Thumb/little finger touching neck - to neck, for anchor points.

Drawing arm should form a straight line with the arrow.

8) Transfer

(part of the draw process)

Transfer pressure of holding bow at full draw from upper back to lower back.

Arrow and drawing arm form a straight line. Minimise plucking. Don’t lower elbow and shoulder, both shoulders come down - “like” the Hulk. Squeeze down and in. No tension around neck.

Where effort to hold bow, not in front?

REMEMBER - not feel right - come down and start again

Slow down the draw near end the to incorporate this if you shoot quickly.

9) Aim

Focus on point of target.

Don’t move your eyes, hand will follow your eyes!

Mantra - keep pulling, keep pulling …

10) Release

Dynamic or static release

Poor release is rarely that - it is the result of variation of the preceding steps.

Primary reasons for bad shot

11) Follow Through

Hold position and make a mental note of shot.

Note where arrow hits and ask why.

Analysis - what were you thinking?