After you have learned the basics, then it’s time to practise your new skills. How you practise, when, how often, where and how much will all decide how quickly you will improve your shooting. Muscle strengthening and toning exercises will also help. Practise should be planned. Set yourself attainable improvement goals. Practise quality of shots, not quantity of shots. Each and every shot that you do in practise should be the best that you can do.
Advanced Shooting Form Checklist
- Feet Position
- Leg Position
- Head position
- Shoulder position - high, natural, low.
- Bow arm extension - locked, tensed, relaxed.
- Steadiness during anchor, aiming, release, follow through.
- Consistent position – arrow to arrow, end to end, distance to distance.
- Wrist position – high, low
- Hand position on bow grip – left, centre, right.
- Finger and thumb position – tensed, relaxed, open, closed.
- Movement during draw of the bow, anchor position, release, follow through.
- Finger position on string – consistent position arrow to arrow, end to end.
- Finger pressure – top finger, middle finger, bottom finger, even.
- Tension – fingers, knuckles, wrist.
- Wrist alignment – up, natural, down, bent in, aligned, bent out.
- Movement on draw of the bow, anchor, release, follow through.
- Position – contact points, nose, face, lips, chin, neck.
- Consistency of contact points arrow to arrow, end to end, distance to distance.
- Pressure at each contact point – light, firm, heavy. Consistency.
- Position of teeth – clenched together, closed, open.
- Movement during aiming, release.
- Elbow alignment to arrow – vertical – high, aligned, low.
- Elbow alignment to arrow – horizontal – forward, aligned, backward.
- Muscle tension – forearm, bicep, shoulder, back.
- Movement during the draw of the bow, anchor, aiming, release, follow through.
- Length of hold during aiming – time
- Steadiness of hold.
- Method of aiming – direction of movement to centre of target.
- String alignment – consistency of position.
- Steadiness of aim.
- The amount of draw between anchor position to release position
- Activated by – aim position, clicker, time or other factors.
- Consistency of movement – fingers, release aid.
- Bow hand movement
- Bow arm movement
- Shoulder movement
- String hand movement
- Drawing arm movement
- Stance movement
- Position of body after Follow Through – consistency.
- Rhythm of breathing – in during draw of the bow, half out at anchor or slow exhale from anchor to release.
- Holding time during aim and release.
- Relaxing between shots – number of breaths.
- Breathing – relaxed, tensed, with chest, with abdomen.
Relaxing between shots
- Method – distracted, attentive, concentration.
- Preparation for next shot.
If you think that the above checklist is too much to do during your shooting practise, consider for the moment what is involved in the simple skill of walking.
Author : Graeme Jeffrey