According to a Chinese philosopher, Confucius who said “in archery, there is something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns around and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself.”
However, a compound bow is conformed to a certain archer and a certain draw, with a certain set point – frequently the tip of the nose – a conventional bow literally has no principles about how it is shot.
There are no sights or mechanisms to aim, hence the phrase “instinctive shooting” goes for conventional archery; the archer shoots by instinct which is perfected with time.
There are few disadvantages to this shooting method but none of them could restrict you from prosecuting it.
First and foremost, the learning trend is a little bit outrageous even though it is a bit simple. Another thing is that an archer will become best at shooting his personal bow and a certain set of arrows.
This is not always a problem but contrary to a compound bow that could be traded to another man of the same size and strength, a conventional archer is in tune with his own bow.
If a new bow or set of arrows is required, the conventional archer can always adapt to the nuanced discrepancies fairly fast.
Things You Will Require
Apart from your arrow, bow, and target, there are few things you will like to either pick up prior to shooting your bow, and such include:
Your non-dominant forearm of your hand has a tendency to get slapped by the string, leading to welts and a not-so-happy archer. You can choose one of these up fairly cheaply at any outdoor store.
You can avoid a good deal of string slap by making sure your brace height o the string is more than 7 inches and centering your non-dominant elbow to the outside.
It is not every angle of shot that will allow this. Hence it is good to have the gear on hand.
Archery Shooting Glove/Finger Tab
When drawing the bowstring, uniform pressure must be maintained on the tips of your dominant hand. The building of blood pressure and the force of release results in swollen fingers and a short session of archery. In addition, the discomfort protects the archer from complete drawing or kind of maintenance and moots his practice.
A shooting glove is a 3 fingered glove that helps to pad your fingers and boosts the grip of the string. While a finger tab is a small piece of leather that carries out a similar function in a smaller size. This finger tab can be usually designed from suede leather.
There are two principal techniques of gripping the string which the westerners have acquired. As the bow and arrow is a universal primitive tool, but the way each of the instruments is used is absolutely different from each other. Meanwhile, each of the grips utilizes the same 3 fingers; index, middle, and ring.
Split Finger Draw
This is very important for arrows that do not tightly nock to the string. Most of the strings will consist of a serving which is an additional string wound around the area where the arrow is nocked.
The two increase the life of the string and as well gives a snug fit for your arrow to avoid falling off the string or slide up and down. To carry out the split-finger hold, you need to put your index finger on top of the nocked arrow and the other two fingers below.
Three under Draw
The three under hold is a common style and has been applied by most great shooters or archers. For this type of hold, the 3 fingers must go under the arrow. Let us assume that the arrow is nocked snugly, you must not bother about its sliding around.
Instinctive Mode of Taking the Shot
The rules of shooting a conventional bow are the same as that of a compound but the conventional bow lets you have more flexibility in the style of shooting.
As a novice, you will like to shoot in a similar way at all times and make little adjustments to perfect your accuracy. As soon as you are able to shoot for some time and have feel for where your arrow is heading to, then you can start taking more shots in advance.
Look for Your Anchor Point
An anchor point is just a spot on your face that can be touched by the string or one of your draw fingers. Your anchor point is very crucial most especially when starting out. This will enable you to keep your draw length in the same way and this will have a great effect on the speed of your arrow. Also, it anchors your body into a repeatable position that will assist you to become more accurate.
How to Aim
Due to the fact that there is no mechanism used for aiming at a conventional bow, you cannot just align a sight and release the arrow. This becomes hard especially when shooting at distances.
Compound bows have different means of gauging the distance between the target and archer. This is contrary to conventional bows but there are ways to aim when first starting out.
This is just guess estimating usually by the gap between your target and the tip of your arrow. You can find your arrow requires a bit over the target or a bit to the left or below or others.
Another thing that works for the novice is to point the index finger of your brace hand at the target as you shoot. As you place this finger below the arrow, it serves as a guide.
If you want to let the arrow fly, just let go. This is just simple and there is no magic in it. Meanwhile, make sure you do your best to keep your bow in the exact place and your draw hand in the same spot after the release.
If it was a good shot and want to know what you did differently? Whether the bow cantered a bit? Whether your stance is broader or moved? By examining the small nuances, you can do them over and again. By so doing, you will become a better shooter or archer.