Archery―the word itself is so appealing. An ancient art as it is, need I explain what archery is all about? I would therefore come straight to the point. Be it a beginner or an expert, polishing one's shooting skills is always on the mind. Accuracy is the key, and you would probably not find any archer who isn't working towards that objective. So, for those who are looking out for tips to get that aim lock stock barrel, here's some help.
1: Identification of anchor points is of utmost significance while you are a new entrant in the periphery of this ancient art. The 2 anchor points which need to be found when you draw your bow fully, are first the point, where you can anchor the string, and the second, where you can anchor your hand.
2: When you draw the bowstring, your hand should be aiming directly out, away from your body. In addition to that, it should be parallel to the ground. Another good tip is to inhale as you draw the bow.
3: The way you grip the bow defines your aim and release. There are 2 considerations involved in a good grip―strength, and the way your hand is curled around the handle. Let the center of the handle be in line with the center of your wrist. The forefingers have to the curled around to the front.
4: Well, you might be a la Arjun from Mahabharata, or any of those amazing Greek warriors, but that would be fruitless if your equipment is not up to the mark. So, devote some time on caring about your equipment. Never let the bowstrings remain wet. Wipe off any moisture that might have developed on the bow after usage. It would further be a good idea to check the limbs for signs of damage. While you draw the string, if the bow breaks, it may cause an injury.
5: The proportion of the bow and the arrows with regards to the length is essential. The draw length of your bow should correspond to the length of the arrows. Shorter or longer bows will hamper your aim, and consequently hitting the target will be an issue.
6: The position and the stance you take will be a significant factor in the way your aim comes about. Stand with your shoulder facing the aim, and your feet little less than a shoulder-width apart. This permits you to stretch the bow to the fullest, and imparts maximum speed.
7: Once you release the arrow, avoid dropping your hand at the next instant. Let the arrow strike the target, and only after that it is ideal that you drop your hand. If after releasing the arrow you drop your hand immediately to see where it goes, the arrow will miss the target.
Finally, always take care of the safety issues during training and practice. Most importantly, imbibing the art of relaxing during the whole process will prove to be a huge advantage, and practicing cannot be compromised. After all, practice makes a man perfect!