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Performance

Below are links to documents and other resources that you can use [Paul G has added some comments]. If you have any questions regarding application to you then speak to a coach or an experienced archer shooting the same bow style(s) as you.

If anyone would like to contribute to this page please contact Paul at the Club.

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Exercises and specific advice: Archery GB’s quarterly magazine regularly contains advice from coaches and top archers on what exercises are useful and particular points/FAQs for shooting recurve, compound, longbows and barebows. The magazines from 2012 are available on line. To find the articles, scroll to the “Advice“ or "Experts” pages. Exercises and Compound advice from 2013, other bowstyles included from 2015.

World Archery, the international body, once published a number of documents aimed at coaches that all archers would find useful. Those available are:

Exercises and warming up [very useful to all archers - go to page 10 of document];  Recurve equipment tuning and Recurve shooting form [both excellent documents], Longbow [a basic introduction], shooting barebow [good info].

They have also published some useful (basic) videos, "The A-Z or Archery", on 'YouTube' - a series of short videos on the important recurve and compound bow components.

There are other videos available but these are mainly of matches and interviews with archers. However, those from the Invictus Games are inspirational.


Recurve bows

Keith has a copy of the DVD "The Way of the Arrow" available for members to borrow. It is made by Archery GB, features top UK Archers, discusses physical and mental conditioning and looks at what equipment would be suited to your needs.

For tuning your recurve bow the following are useful documents:

  • Tuning your bow (pdf, 142kb) in order to get the most efficient response from your bow. Talk to a coach for more practical advice;
  • Tuning stabilisers (pdf, 107kb) which are not a substitute for good technique - get this as good as possible first. Talk to a coach. You would normally buy/install these after you've achieved some level of consistently good technique;
  • the Easton Arrow tuning guide (pdf, 1.6 MB) is an excellent source of information;
  • another excellent and comprehensive source of information is the Archer's Reference, issued by Balbardie Archers of Scotland.

A useful interactive guide on selecting arrows for your bow is available - but speak to a coach first if you’re not sure what’s best for you.


Longbows

Info coming soon

Wood arrows

Info coming soon


Barebow (recurve)

A local club has collated some very useful information for archers wishing to shoot barebow. If you would like to give barebow archery a go, talk to 1 of the coaches.

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Other information will be published when it becomes available.


Updated 2 November 2016

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