How to Be Good at Archery

Three Parts:Joining a clubPreparing before practicing archeryPracticing archery

Archery is a fine skill sport requiring attention to detail and a good eye. Practice will help ensure that you build the required skills in this sport, building muscles and balance. Here is a guide on how to enjoy and be good at archery.

Part 1
Joining a club

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    Search the internet for clubs in your local area. It can be dangerous to take up archery if you have not been trained properly or do not know technique.
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    Ask to borrow a bow from the club/ team. They will help you find an appropriate draw weight and size of the bow.

Part 2
Preparing before practicing archery

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    Before you begin, warm up, for you could pull a muscle and hurt yourself.
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    Put on an armguard and finger guard on to protect your arm and fingers, never do archery without these.

Part 3
Practicing archery

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    Place the arrow correctly. Turn the bow to the side and notch the arrow. Once a bow has been given to you, place an appropriate size arrow on the string before placing your index finger above the arrow, and the middle and ring finger beneath, only holding on with the distal phalanx, leaving the small finger away.
    • Arrows must be as long as your arm, reaching down to about an inch (2.5cm) past your thumb.
    • Be sure to put the arrow on the arrow rest if your bow is equipped with one.
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    Take note of what the wind is doing. This may affect where your arrow goes.
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    Turn the bow back to its vertical position. Draw back so that the tip of the string is on the tip of your nose and your hand under your jawbone.
    • You can draw back the arrow to whatever spot on your face you feel most comfortable with. Preferably, your chin, cheek, or ear.
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    Hold the string between three fingers.
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    Look at the sight. You should be able to look down the shaft of the arrow, but always be looking at where you want your arrow to go.
    • If the arrow is not in the center, then adjust the sight, following the arrow. For example, the arrow is too far right so move your sight to the right.
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    Release the arrow. When the red spot is on the middle, release, sliding your fingers away.
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    Let go of the string. Watch the arrow wend its way to target and hope that you hit it.
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    Practice lots and enter many team competitions. If you persevere, perhaps one day you will be an Olympic champion!


  • Do not grip the bow to tightly this may cause your arrow to go more left or right then you want it to
  • Notching an arrow is putting it on a bow string.
  • Look above the middle of the target and it will go in the middle.
  • If your hand gets tired buy a hand clutcher and It does the same things as your finger but you don't hurt them.
  • This is intended for right handed people.
  • When shooting, relax and remember to breath


  • Take appropriate precautions at all times when practicing archery; the bow and arrow represent dangerous weapons when used improperly.
  • Never point the arrow upwards! If you do, it will plummet back down and you will not be able to see it and you may be seriously injured.
  • Check that you always have a spot to shoot to; you do not harm anyone or anything.
  • Bows and arrows are not toys and should always be handled with care.
  • If you are currently living with a parent or a legal guardian, make sure that you shooting your bow is okay with them.

Things You'll Need

  • Bow and arrow
  • Targets
  • Armguard
  • Chest guard
  • Finger tab
  • Quiver

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Categories: Archery