The Steps to a Successful Follow Through
To ensure a great shot, this follow through sequence should become part of your process
- From the release, you should have opened the fingers on your drawing hand to release the bowstring
- You want to make sure that you are still using your back muscles and as you release the shoulder of your drawing arm should roll back towards your back.
- Move the hand that you are using to draw the bowstring back to behind your ear, it should follow the line of your jaw.
- Keep the arm that is holding the bow upright, do not be tempted to drop the bow.
- Keep this position until the arrow has hit the target
- The shot is now complete, lower the bow and your drawing arm and prepare for your next shot.
Common Follow Through Mistakes
The follow through is often one of the hardest things people beginners to master, it took me a long time to really get it right. When I shot, I didnt understand why one shot would be okay yet the next would be completely off. This was all down to my follow through.
The two most common mistakes are;
- Lowering the bow too quickly after releasing the arrow
- Moving the bow to the side to see your arrow fly (Peaking)
Lowering The Bow Too Quickly
It can be very tempted to lower the bow as soon as you release the arrow, if the arrow has not fully cleared then it will go off course. It doesn’t need physical contact but the motion of moving the bow down can disrupt the direction of the arrow and often causes it to go lower than the intended target.
Ideally you want to keep the bow up, until you hear the arrow hit the target
A very common thing that beginners typically do is something called peaking. This is when you release the arrow, you move the bow to the side a little and tilt your head to see where the arrow goes.
This can often cause the arrow to go either to the left or the right.
Basic Archery Lesson Conclusion
This is the last lesson within the Basic Archery training, I really hope you have found it useful and that it has helped you. If you missed any steps or want to go over them again, please do go back through them.
What’s The Next Step?
The next step is to simply practice and continue to learn more, I have written many additional guides on types of bows, arrow parts and more. If you are looking to practice then you want to get yourself decent equipment, I would start with a recurve bow and a decent archery target.
You may have questions, if you do please do feel free to contact me.
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