There are no secrets to Instinctive Archery Shooting. It’s just the ability to perform a repeatable sequence of steps. And if you can do these steps you will be very precise. It does not matter what style of shot you adopt.
Then let’s get started. I’m going to assume that you have your bow placed at the correct height of the clamp. And that you have your height of blow established. The first thing I will emphasize is not being over-inclined. If you begin to bow with a weight of more than 45 pounds, start with.
It will open up to some bad habits and hard to break. At this early stage, you want an arch that is easy to pull. Therefore, you can develop a consistent feeling of where to anchor along your cheek. You can not do that with a high weight bow. You will never establish a consistent tie if you are overstepped. Good repeatable shots take good repeatable shape.
When I stop to take a shot. I do not face the objective in front. Instead, I place myself in a more traditional, instinctive, hunters or “open-ended” style. (It is not the classic square posture, the body turned 90 degrees towards the objective looking over the left shoulder to draw with the right hand). The goal with the knees slightly bent.
My left foot pointing slightly towards the objective. In a relaxed posture, across the shoulders (a comfortable posture). I take a look at where I want to hit. At this point, you will want all your concentration in the place you point to. It is extremely important to be totally focused on what you want to hit. (The shot is 90% mental and 10% physical).
All this is happening while you raise the arm of the bow for the shot. His grip is relaxed, letting the Bow Sights comfortably in the chair between the thumb and forefinger. If you need it, you can aim at what you want to shoot with the index finger of your bow hand. Sometimes it helps at the beginning. But make sure you do not squeeze the bow hard. It will result in what is called an arc pair. And the arrows are missing their mark.
Now you have your relaxed posture, your concentration on what you want to hit. Your bow arm is extended, but it is not very blocked, pulling the rope towards your anchor point with your right hand.
All this will become a fluid movement the more you shoot. We could pass a full post on your anchor. For now, I will suggest that you find an anchor point that is comfortable for you. You can use the corner of the mouth, the jaw, the nose touching the rope.
It depends on many variable factors, both physical and mental. I do not think there is a one size fits all when it comes to anchor points. And it depends on whether you shoot “split finger” or “three fingers under”. The most important thing is to pull the rope through the shot. I never feel that I deliberately reach an “anchor point”.
Rather, I cross it when I’m lining up my shot. This is a process and a fluid sequence with which you will familiarize yourself the more you shoot. Make sure the rope is as close as possible to the side of your face. Brush the side of your face while you execute the shot. You will know immediately if you are “pulling the rope” instead of releasing it next to your face. Arrows will strike to the left and to the right instead of toward the target.
Another point that I want to emphasize is the importance of moving forward. DO NOT drop the arc arm until the arrow touches the target. You will lose if you do it. And be sure to keep your drawing arm at the same level as your bow arm. This will also ensure accuracy