How’s Your Form?

By Mark V. Lonsdale

When we discuss form in archery, it is not about the scores on the target, but your body alignment and bio-mechanics in relation to the bow.

One point worth considering is that in precision shooting, the shooter or archer can have poor form, but if they do it incorrectly exactly the same every time, then they can still group and score well. Accuracy is the product of uniformity so even uniformly poor form can be accurate. This is a common problem with self taught shooters who have never had professional coaching.

This problem becomes more apparent the more one progresses in competition. Eventually those bad habits will become a road block, that then must be unlearned to progress.

Even if you do not have a coach, there are numerous coaches online who will happily critique your form.

At first glance you may say that these two pics are the same but an astute coach spotted the difference. The image on the left has quite good body alignment but on the right the draw hand elbow was beginning to creep forward. This is a common issue with holding too long, being over bowed, or collapsing prior to the shot.

Both still images and video are useful training tools, but video can be analyzed frame by frame to find any weaknesses in form or technique.


Author: Mark V

Dedicated shooter, seeker, traveler, teacher, trainer, educator

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