Indoors versus Outdoors

Indoors versus Outdoors

Now that we reach the time of year that many archers are starting to look to shooting outdoors it is always frustrating to this writer how maligned indoor shooting is. I appreciate that it has been, for many, a long indoor season and, like anybody else, archers enjoy a change.I really do believe that a […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Interview – Follow up to “Do we need more than we need?”

Interview – Follow up to “Do we need more than we need?”

Claudine Jennings interviews Alistair following “Learning to concentrate on the important aspects of performance” article.   C: So in your article talking about “do you need more than you need” you’re basically saying that all we’re trying to do is shoot tens and it doesn’t matter how that arrow gets in the middle of the […]

Does it matter how I hold a release aid?

Does it matter how I hold a release aid?

This is such an important question which is never really touched upon.. How you hold the release aid is going to affect how you anchor, i.e how your hand interacts with your jaw line. Also it is going to affect how well you can execute the trigger, so it’s going to be the difference between […]

Automatic Skill

Automatic Skill

Archery is a well-learnt, closed skill. A closed skill is one where the individual performing the skill does not manipulate the performance with respect to any outside effects. Unlike, for example, a footballer, who has a multitude of different shots available to him, or a golfer who will not only select a club for a […]