When it comes to learning something that you’ve never done before, it can be very challenging! It’s impossible to be amazing at Archery, when you’ve never used a bow in your entire life. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn! By following our top tips for beginners, we’ll have you resembling Katniss Everdeen in no time whatsoever!
Find the Right Archery Club
When you’re a novice, it’s best to find a club that’s right for you. Find a club where you feel comfortable attending on a regular basis.
Hang Out With the Experts
To learn and be a great at anything, you have to learn from the best. So when you’re at a club, make friends with the experts. Watch and learn!
Find the Right Mentor
We all need our own Mr Miyagi, which is why it’s useful to have that one special teacher to guide you on your journey from novice to expert.
Improve Your Fitness
Just like football or cricket, archery is a sport. Improving your fitness can help your body cope with the physical needs of archery. Focus on improving your upper body, especially your arms as great upper body strength gives you greater control over your aim. Archery requires both great mental and physical fitness.
Learn the Basic Techniques
As a beginner, you should consider learning the basic techniques and learn how to be competent in areas such as taking a stance, anchoring, hand placement, holding, aiming and releasing.
Practice Makes Perfect
Like they say “Practice Makes Perfect” so the more you practice with archery, the more skilled you become at it.
Your unlikely to get it right the first time. You are likely going to miss your target dozens of time whilst training. Remember a master archer takes years of practice!
Use the Right Equipment
If you have to use your own equipment, then use equipment that are specifically for beginners.This means using the right sized bow that allows you to pull at a light weight with little effort.
Have Fun Whilst Doing It
What’s the point of trying out a sport like archery ifyou don’t enjoy it? The moment you stop enjoying holding a bow and an arrow in your hand, you should call it a day.
Record Your Progress
Keeping track of all your progress helps with motivating you to carry on. You can record your entire journey to witness how you’ve come from novice to eventual expert of archery.
Being great at a sport like archery will take a lot of time and effort. But with continuous practice and determination you will be well on your way on becoming a master of archery. We at Absolutely Scotland have several archery courses available for you to try out, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today and we can start you on your journey!