I've shot bows for as long as I can remember. I've shot competitions for the bast ten years and I work in an archery shop now. After seeing people making mistakes for years and not knowing that they were even making mistakes, I've decided to make a list of tips to help people shoot better. I hope everyone that reads this can find some part if it that will help them.
1. Draw length! I disused to start here because this is one of the most important points of shooting good. If your draw length is to short you will never get your bow to hold steady. If it's to long you will hit your arm! Not fun! You want your arm to be almost strait with only a very slight bend. You want the bones in your arm to hold the weight at full draw, not your muscles. Muscles will get tired very fast when at full draw. If your draw length is correct your arm bones and shoulder bones will do most of the work and help reduce muscle fatigue.
2. Your grip. I'm sure most of you know you should not grip your bow when at full draw right? The reason is you can torque the bow by gripping it and cause left and right problems. Look at your hand. See the big meaty pad just below your thumb. That's the only thing that should touch your bow when at full draw! I can't tell you how many people don't know that. If that's the only thing touching the bow there is no way you can torque the bow.
3. Draw weight! Years ago there was a trend going to pull tons of draw weight. That was the only way to increase kenetic energy back then. The thought behind it was simple. Increase draw weight and your speed will go up resulting in more kinetic energy. I've heard of guys hunting whitetail deer with a 110 pound draw weight bow! Picture drawing that after setting in a tree stand for 4 hours in 10 degree weather. With the cam/limb designs now it's not necessary to pull tins of weight to get good kinetic energy. How much is right for you? How do you find that ought? Easy! Set in a chair and draw your bow. You should be able to draw your bow back in one smooth motion whe keeping your sight pin on your target. Ever see someone draw their bow by pointing it at the roof and struggling to draw it back? Way to much poundage!
4. Your release-part one! There are two major problems here so I'm
Breaking it up to address each one individually. The first is the easiest to fix. When your at full draw you want to make sure your trigger is comfortable to reach. You want it to be easy to reach with the tip of your finger. If it's to short you will not be able to control your trigger pull. If it's to long you won't be able to reach it!
5. Your release-part two! Squeeze the trigger! Watch guys shooting and you will see why I am bringing this up buoy have got to squeeze the trigger slow. I've seen hundreds of guys at full draw trying to get their pun on the spot they are trying to hit and they will hit the trigger like it was mike Tyson! Put your Ginger on the trigger and squeeze it slowly. This is the number one reason people can not shoot tight groups.
6. Keep your head down! Lots of people have a very bad habit of pulling their head up as they punch the trigger to try to watch their arrow. Try to watch it through your perp sight. You can not do that but that's what you should try to do. By doing that your head will stay in the position it needs to be in. Why is this important? When you jerk your head up you will also drop your arm. That's whe you will have shots falling low of the got and not know why.
7. Work on your form! Ever hear "practice makes perfect"? I call BS on that! Perfect practice makes perfect! You should try to shoot every single shot with perfect form! I don't care if your shooting targets or grizzly bears! Every shot matters! On a perfect shot your bow should go strait forward and your release hand should go strait back! That's where squeezing the trigger comes in! On a perfect shot you should be surprised when the bow goes off! If the shot surprises you the arrow will be away from the bow before you can do anything to move it. That's when your bow will mice strait forward and your release hand will move strait back! That's good form!
8. Shoot at longer distances than you an to shoot when hunting. If you only plan to choir out to 40 yards when hunting then practice out to 50-60 yards. If you can get fairly consistent at those yardages you will have no peiblemsat cliset ranges. Your form mistakes will show a lot more at farther distances than up close. I could not tell you how many hundreds of thousands of arrows iv shot at 20 yards. My shooting didn't really start improving until I learned to practice at longer yardages. That's when I started to see all the problems I had with my form. I didn't even know they were there. Once I knew the problems I could start fixing them. Think about that!
9. Make sure your bow is tuned up. I put this down farther on the list because it seems to simple but you would be amazed at some of the bow I have to work on. Learn to tune your own bow. Buy a book
Or DVD that covers paper-tuning! When your arrow leaves your bow it should fly strait and not wobble or "fishtail" in the air. If you see ant of this your bow is not tuned right. It could just take a simple adjustment to your rest to fix the problem. Your arrow may not be spined right for your draw weight and length. You may be getting a lot of cam lean. Paper tuning will show you the problems and then you can figure out how to fix them!
10. PRACTICE!!!! Every year I see guys walk into the store I work at two weeks before season opens with a bow
That's been in the closet since last year! They get "ol Betsy" out and shoot at a paper plate at 20 yards. If they hit a couple time ther are good! Whatever! These ate the same guys hitting deer (or whatever) in the back hip and wondering why they never find their deer! The whe time that animal is in the woods suffering because that slob didn't put any effort into learning to shoot better. I really hate guys like that. During the spring and summer shoot whenever you have time. Get a 3-d target of the animal
You are hunting. You can spend thousands of dollars on 4-wheelers and archery equipment. Spend a few hundred on a good target! Pretend every single shot you shoot is that monster moose you've been looking for for years. Pretend you only get one shot. Make it count!
I hope these tips can help you. Good luck!