Q: I am a compound shooter with no experience of shooting field, what do I need to do to prepare?

A: The first thing that you need to do is to look at the draw length. If you don’t had access to a field course to practice go and shoot the longest distance that you would normally shoot (90m gents, 70m female) and compare how the draw length feels at this long distance as opposed […]

Q: I keep flicking my arrow off the rest at full draw.  What am I doing wrong and how can I cure it?

Q: I keep flicking my arrow off the rest at full draw. What am I doing wrong and how can I cure it?

A: There are two aspects to look at here, curing the symptom or curing the cause. The symptom may be cured by changing the rest from a thin wire arm rest to a thick hooked wire arm rest such as the Spiagrelli magnetico or Cavalier elite rest or to a hooked plastic rest such as […]

Q: How hard should I pull on the stops?

Q: How hard should I pull on the stops?

A: A world class compound archer once said that their whole focus at full draw was to try and pull the axles out of the limb and this should give you an indication as to the level you should be leaning on the stops at full draw. Leaning on the stops refers to coming through […]

Q: Is head position important when shooting?

Q: Is head position important when shooting?

A: Head position is integral to good posture. Remember that your head will fit in and you have an almost infinite amount of control over its movement. You will see novice and intermediate archers altering their full draw position, hunching their shoulders and having “nothing to shoot the shot off” purely because they have forced […]

How can I best use my practice time to prepare for competition?

How can I best use my practice time to prepare for competition?

The aim of good practice is to manipulate your training to mirror competition as much as possible. This will allow you to practice the skills used in competition and identify strategies to enhance your performance under pressure. Therefore practice sessions must be structured; this will largely be through mimicking competition conditions, both in structure and […]

Is any one type of release aid “better” than another?

Is any one type of release aid “better” than another?

This comes up with clients and on the Internet all the time, and it does seem much more complex than it should. Some ground rules, no release is any better than the next and they all have their own positives and negatives. Wrist release: These release aids are good for alignment with many archers finding […]

Lens power

Lens power

Ask the experts. I have read various technical articles about lens magnification and asked some other archers and they say a 1.0 lens is too much magnification too hold still but for me it gives me the best aiming/execution combination, what should I do? A 1.0 lens (1.0 is the measurement in dioptres) is a […]

Trigger tension

Trigger tension

How do I set the trigger tension on my thumb release? The tension on a trigger release should be set at the lightest setting that you can comfortably and safely wrap your thumb around it without the release going off, but no heavier. A common release set up, and theoretical cure for “punching”, is to […]

Measuring performance

Measuring performance

Some measures of performance Can we glean information about how we are performing from specific outcomes and trends in results? The short answer is, of course, yes, but interpreting results can require some lateral thinking and almost sooth sayer like abilities. A common one to start: “When in competition my first arrow is always good […]

Evolution of an athlete

Evolution of an athlete

To quote that eighties teen hero Ferris Bueller: “life passes by so quick, if you dont take a second to look around you might miss it!” So it is with athletes,they can be so caught up in their present and their future, they lose perspective on where they have come from, what they have achieved, […]