Archery Instructions

For Target Practicing:

1.Stance & Posture:

Right handed archers hold the bow with the left hand, so with your left side toward the target, stand at a right angle to the target, with the tips of your toes against an imaginary line pointing at the center of the target. Your feet should be shoulder’s width apart, stradling the shooting line.

Stand straight & tall, balanced, with ribs down, shoulders down and relaxed.Shoulders square to the target

Try and relax.

2.Nock (Finger & Hand placement)

3.Hook String and place bowhand:

Place your fingers in such a way, that you “hook” the string with your index finger above the nock, and middle and ring finger under the nock

Do not use little finger.

(Shown without finger tab for better illustration)

Hook the string at the first groove. Make sure to maintain a deep hook

Set your bowhand on the grip on the inside of  your life line, on the meaty part of your thumb.  Thumb points toward target.

Nock arrow UNDER the nocking point on the string. Listen for the sound of a “snap” as arrow connects to the string.
Index feather (odd color fletching) AWAY from the bow

Relax your fingers. The back of your hand should make an angle of 45 degrees.

The tips of thumb and index finger  may touch each other in a relaxed way.

Bring the bow arm to shoulder height -keep shoulders DOWN

4.Set up(Extending the bow arm)

The elbow of the bow arm is turned away from the string

5.Drawing the bow

Draw the string along the bowarm in a straight horizontal line to the anchor point on your face.

Draw with your back muscles, moving the shoulder blades towards each other.

Stand straight up and relaxed

Keep both shoulders as low as possible.

6.Anchoring

If using a sight, the string should touch the chin and the nose.

The index finger is curled under the jaw bone, the thumb is NOT used as a reference anchor point.

Keep your teeth together. (no gum, remove hats as well)

Bow hand, draw hand and Elbow should form a straight line.

Keep both shoulders as low as possible

8.Aim

Aim at full draw, by settling the sight ring onto the target. Maintain the connection of drawing hand to the face.

You should see the string line up on the top bow limb exactly at the same place each time and appear a little right of the sight ring.

If you are cross dominant- (right handed, left eye dominant or vice-versa) you must shut the other eye.

Keep the sight at the target

“String picture” :  the string lines up on the top bow limb and sight EXACTLY at the same place each time.

9.Release,

Keep pulling the shoulder blades towards each other, while relaxing the fingers of the draw hand

Your relaxed bow hand will let the bow drop.

You will feel your sling tug gently against your hand, letting you know the sling is catching the bow.

  Do not move until you see or hear the arrow hit target (“RELEASE   2.3.4”) for best accuracy.

10.Follow Through

 

Traditional Bow:

  1. Protect the bow before damage and inclement weather by using a cover for transport and storage.
  2. Do not expose the bow to extreme temperatures (fire, frost) and store it in a dry place WITHOUT the bowstring fitted on (unstrung).
  3. Never draw the bow over the recommended arrow length.
  4. Fit only the bowstring of the length specified by the producer onto the bow (preferably by the same producer).
  5. Do not release the bowstring in vain (without an arrow). Energy determined for the arrow passes to the bow limbs which can be damaged this way.
  6. Before you shoot, verify the right orientation of the bow after the drawn arrow on the lower limb (arrow must point down). The lower limb is a little stronger than the upper one. That enables good function of the bow (the arrow should be put on  above the bowstring centre. That is why the lower limb should be a little faster). In case the arrow drawing rubs out after some time, you will recognize the lower limb by shorter tiller at the grip edge.

Bowstring:

  1. Do not expose the bowstring to extreme temperatures and protect it from moisture.
  2. Using the arrows with low-quality nocks you will speed up the bowstring wear; possibly you will cause its damage.
  3. You will extend the bowstring lifetime if you treat it with beeswax.
  4. The bowstring must always be dry while shooting.
  5. Preferably store the bowstring hanging loose. It is also possible to wind it up, but watch breaking of centre serving and kinking on fibres.
  6. Every archer should have several spare bowstrings.

Arrows:

  1. Do not shoot at inconvenient targets (too hard or too soft), we recommend to shoot at special targets determined for this purpose.
  2. Do not expose them to moisture and extreme temperatures.
  3. Some piles (arrow points) can get rusty. Rust can be rubbed down.
  4. After shooting clean the arrows with damp cloth and let them dry slowly (NOT above a stove or heating!)
  5. The arrow fetching serves for its stabilization in flight, not for brushing meat during a barbecue!
  6. The fetching unstick is a commonplace (even in case of Olympic archery). The fetching can be stuck on with quick-acting glue.
  7. Fetchings are sensitive to mechanic damage in case of improper handling and storing. We recommend using a quiver.

Safety instructions

  1. Never aim at anything you do not want to shoot at.
  2. Never aim at a man, not even for the fun of it!
  3. Do not use the bow for any other purpose but shooting.
  4. Always examine the bow carefully before shooting. If you find damage, do not use it for shooting any more.
  5. Always examine the bow range space, not to jeopardise health of people and animals, or possibly a property.
  6. Never interfere in the bow construction.
  7. Always shoot only arrows of the recommended length.
  8. Use a bracers and archery glove while shooting.

Procedure for fitting on the bowstring:

  1. Put the bowstring loop on the lower limb nock (watch out, reflexive bows have their limb ends turned forward!)
  2. Turn the bow over in order to lean its handle against the back part of your thigh and to get the lower limb end stuck behind your ankle.
  3. Grip the upper part of the bow and bend it to reach BALANCED BENDING OF BOTH BOW LIMBS and put the other bowstring loop on the upper limb bowstring catch.
  4. After putting the bowstring on „step out“ of the bow, check both the bowstring catches if the bowstring is put on properly. In case of need aline the bowstring to pass through the centre of the bow limbs.

laminated wooden bows