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Archery Form

Expansion And Alignment

Expansion And Alignment

For outdoor shooting, our focus is on alignment, both at set-up and after transfer into holding is complete. You need the correct set-up to make sure you draw your outdoor bow with correct form and you need transfer to get into holding so that you can aim longer outdoors.Indoor expansion should take only 3 seconds, […]

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Exercise Plans for Archery Athletes

Exercise Plans for Archery Athletes

You need to do both the shooting plan and the exercise plan to be an Archery Athlete! Below are examples of exercise plans for each skill level. Doing these routines in tandem with the shooting plans will help you see improvements in your archery skills more quickly and help you maintain those improvements long term.

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What to Do During A Shooting Session

What to Do During A Shooting Session

While the activities performed can be very similar, shooting sessions vary in difficulty levels depending on your archery skill level. This is because regardless of your level, the purpose of a shooting session is to improve your abilities through practice! So what should you be focusing on when you step onto the range?

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Transfer and Holding

Transfer is moving the draw shoulder into the Holding Position and putting the Draw elbow in line with or behind the arrow line. Without a proper Transfer, Holding cannot be achieved and everything else is meaningless. Transfer Transfer is two actions achieved through one thought process. Transfer is moving LAN2 angularly further behind the archer […]

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Anchor Position

The Anchor Position is the joining and securing of the draw hand to the jaw, chin and neck. The anchor position is the fixed rear sight. The anchor position’s goal is to connect the string, arrow, and drawing hand to body’s core and the strong back muscles. The anchor position must be extremely precise since […]

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Loading Position

The Loading Position is located when the archer has reached the “wall” of angular motion during the draw; that is when most of the angular rotation is reached. The remaining motion is reserved for transfer and expansion which is the point when additional angular rotation would bring the body out of balance. The loading position […]

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Angular Motion and the Draw

Your body can move in two different ways, linear or angular. Linear is when you move in a straight line. Angular is when you move in a circle or along part of a circle. Which is stronger? Which uses less energy? Which uses fewer joints and therefore the same muscle all the time? Which uses […]

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Coiling and Lift

Coiling and Lift involve lifting the bow and arrow, pointing the arrow a little behind you and putting the bow arm and shoulders in alignment so you are ready to draw the bow. Coiling and Lift into Set-up is the third most important step in the National Training System archery form. Set-up means we have […]

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Mindset

Now that the posture, stance, arrow are loaded and you have made a good hook and grip, the archer must prepare for the shot. All extraneous thoughts must be banished by focusing on the steps of the Shot Cycle. Archers must keep their focus on the Shot Cycle from this point until after the shot […]

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Hook and Grip

The Hook and Grip are how we how we connect to the string and hold the bow and. Since the Hook and Grip are the only places we touch the bow, we must do this properly. First we make a good Hook (string hand) and slightly pull on the bow string; next we make a […]

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