How do you hold an arrow release?

Parts of an arrow

It is very important to concentrate before raising our bow, and to know where we want the arrow to hit, (the cross or the piercing of another arrow, etc.) raise the bow without separating the sight of the target, we gently tighten until we get a firm anchorage where we feel comfortable and safe, always taking the same reference in an area of our face (corner of the lip, cheekbone, chin, etc.) and release with decision.

This exercise must be done safely, without fear and in a not too long time from the moment we start to tighten until we release. The hand that holds the bow must be relaxed, it does not matter where the first arrows hit, if we become obsessed with putting them all in the target, unconsciously there will be a lack of attention in our movements, we will work badly on the alignment, the anchoring, the release, etc. and we will only pick up vices that with time, would cost so much to lose that we would have to start all over again. But if we always perform all the movements in the same way, especially the anchoring, little by little and with patience we will see our progress.

How to aim a bow and arrow

Archery is actually an Olympic sport in which a bow is used to shoot arrows. The origin comes from the use of this weapon as a hunting instrument and as an instrument of war. With the appearance of firearms, it became obsolete as a professional tool for general use.

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During the Middle Ages, archery in warfare was not so decisive and dominant in Western Europe. Archers were the lowest paid soldiers in the army or were recruited from the peasantry. This was because the bow and arrow were much cheaper than the equipment of a man-at-arms with good armor and a sword. Professional archers required long training and expensive bows to be effective, so it was quite rare to see them in Europe (see English longbow).

A shortbow or recurve bow is a shorter type of bow, with recurved blades (two bends per blade) and wider. It originates from Central Asia, and is more maneuverable. It has much higher performance and accuracy than the straight bow, so with less power you get better results. Therefore it does not need as much training intensity as the longbow. It was not frequently used in Europe, so its use is more unknown.

How to shoot an arrow

In reality, not all the energy stored in the bow is transmitted to the arrow. At the moment of release, a part of that accumulated energy will go to the arrow but another part will be used by the material itself in its effort to return to its starting position and another part will be dissipated in the form of heat. This is what is known in physics as elastic hysteresis.

As soon as we accept this, some concepts appear almost instinctively: on the one hand, in view of the above, it is easy to understand that there will be bows capable of storing more energy in their blades than others. This capacity is known as “Cumulative Potential Energy” and its value will give us a measure of the Performance of the bow when compared to the Maximum Possible Cumulative Energy.

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Graphically, if we represent two axes with the opening (measured in inches as the most widespread standard) on the horizontal and the resistance of the arc (measured in pounds) on the vertical, we can represent the power binomials for each additional inch of opening and thus obtain what is known as the power curve of an arc.

With which hand to hold the bow

It is best not to keep the bow stretched for too long as muscle fatigue can cause it to waver. When released, the three fingers should let go of the string smoothly and at the same time. It is important to follow the movement of the draw. The bow arm should remain pointed at the target after release and the shooting hand should remain at the anchor point as the arrow flies to its target.

When to draw the bow? This is one of the most critical decisions a bowhunter makes. Drawing the bow creates movement, which can alert the game of your presence. Additionally, the more you keep the bow drawn, the more muscle fatigue you will suffer. Muscle fatigue will cause you to shake, destabilizing the arrow release.

Stretch – for a right-hand shooter, the left arm is the bow arm and is the one that takes the bow. The bow is stretched out to the side, toward the target, and the arm is held slightly bent and parallel to the ground. At the same time, the other hand, the shooting hand, stretches the string to the “anchor point”. This anchor point is where you hold the rope at the end of your stretch, where you will release it for flight. This anchor point must be the same place every time you shoot to achieve consistency and marksmanship with your shots. Its location varies from shooter to shooter. Some prefer the corner of the muzzle, others the chin or cheek.

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