The proper bow technique in archery involves a series of steps to ensure accuracy, consistency, and safety. Here are the basic steps outlined by Cam Hanes in this video:
- Stance: Stand perpendicular to the target with your feet shoulder-width apart, and your weight evenly distributed between your legs.
- Nock the arrow: Place the arrow onto the arrow rest and nock it onto the bowstring. The nocking point should be at the corner of your mouth.
- Grip: Grip the bow with your non-dominant hand, using only your fingertips to avoid torque on the bow.
- Pre-draw: Lift the bow up and out with your arm fully extended, while keeping your elbow straight.
- Draw: Use your dominant hand to pull the bowstring back to your anchor point. Keep your fingers relaxed, and use your back muscles to pull the string back, not your arm or shoulder.
- Anchor: Bring the bowstring to your anchor point, which is usually the corner of your mouth or the tip of your nose. This helps you achieve consistent accuracy.
- Aim: Use your dominant eye to aim at the target, using the bow’s sight or your dominant eye to aim.
- Release: Release the bowstring by relaxing your fingers and letting the string slip off your fingertips. Make sure your release is smooth and consistent.
- Follow-through: Keep your bow arm extended and pointed towards the target, and hold your bow hand in position until the arrow hits the target. This will help you maintain accuracy and consistency.
Remember to always prioritize safety in archery. Always point your bow in a safe direction and follow all safety rules and guidelines.