Aiming

Arrows go where the bow is pointing at the time of release and during the time it takes for the arrow travel to clear the bow.

To point the bow in the right place we use a back sight and a front sight, unless you are just using your judgement to guess where the bow is pointed. The back sight must be aligned with the front sight and straight at the gold at the instant of release. We must use all our training and practice of skills to keep the bow stable at the instant of release and until the arrow has cleared the bow.

The back sight on a bow is the string. The front sight is the circle, pin or dot on the sight, or for bare bow archers, the tip of the arrow.

To aim, only focus the eye’s vision on the gold on the target face. Focus with determination. The front sight (circle or dot) should drift down to the gold as part of the shooting process, but do not adjust the eye’s focus onto the circle/dot. Let the brain naturally centre the circle on the gold. Ensure the back sight (the string) is aligned on the side of the bow’s riser “cut out” or through the side of the circle of the sight (for a recurver).For compounders using a peep in the string the concept is exactly the same.

Check that the string is vertical as bow cant (tilting) variation will cause left and right arrows; to do this if you are a recurver use the side of the target face as a vertical reference, or for a compounder use your bubble. Expand through the clicker (if you are using a clicker) and release the arrow.

Skills acquisition requires determined effort. Archery is the art of repetitive precision. In time, the more natural and subconscious the process the better. The arrow goes where the bow is pointed at the instance of release and clearing of the bow.