Archery Accuracy Begins with Good Form

posted on August 14, 2014
mehall_ah2015_fs.jpg (45)

undefinedOlder siblings often get the reputation for being bossy. Times haven’t changed all that much as, despite that my little brother, Joe, and I are adults, I’ve been having fun bossing him around again lately—but for good reason. I had to teach him his bowshooting fundamentals. Earlier this week I mentioned how I’m helping him get into bowhunting and that he and his PSE DNA SP are doing quite well. I could say it’s because I’m a good instructor, though we all know the real reason: Joe is putting in the time and effort.

“Well, how long will it take him to be ready for bowseason?” asked a friend who has no knowledge of the sport. “Well, until he’s proficient,” I explained, adding that shooting accurate groups only comes with practice and the honing of one's shooting fundamentals. But as someone once said, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” And it all starts with your shooting form. A good tip of the day is to simply stand straight during your practice sessions and here's why.

When Joe first started launching arrows, I corrected his posture and stance several times. If you’re new to archery remember that if you lean forward, for example, your head will not be in line with your body. You’ll start putting pressure on your back and your arms will tire and become tense. Oh, and did I neglect to mention that if that happens, you won’t be accurate?


Lead Core Vs Monometal Hunting Bullets Lead
Lead Core Vs Monometal Hunting Bullets Lead

Lead Core vs. Monometal Hunting Bullets

There’s no doubt that copper monometal bullets are here to stay. But are they so good that they warrant abandoning lead core ammo altogether? We take a look at the pros and cons of each style.

Mossy Oak Releases 2024 Wild Turkey Conservation Stamp

Mossy Oak has released its third annual wild turkey conservation stamp—a collectible stamp in which all proceeds go directly to wild turkey conservation projects around the country.

Recipe: Instant Pot Moose Chana Masala

This fusion dish brings together Indian chana with Canadian moose, for a delightful culinary experience.

Review: Winchester 400 Legend

Winchester’s new 400 Legend is a streamlined, mid-sized straight-wall cartridge intended to fill the gap between its wildly popular 350 Legend and the notorious 450 Bushmaster. It is—in our opinion—a masterstroke of genius.

#SundayGunday: Howa M1500 Super Lite

Get a closer look at the Howa M1500 Super Lite, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

First Look: Savage TIMBER Series Rimfire Rifles

Savage Arms introduces the TIMBER Series—a new line of precision-engineered rimfire rifles.


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.