7 Archery Tricks of the Trade

In reading about archery, it’s only obvious that an experienced bowman knows the “tricks of the trade” to stay ahead in the sport. Some have generously offered some advice to those just starting out. Here are a few hints, tips, and tricks from many experienced archers to anyone just beginning the sport and art of archery:
  1. Never be surprised by surprises. In other words: think ahead. If you’re out to make a day or two of bow hunting, be like a scout and be prepared. You never know what may happen. You may fall into a pool of water, or it may suddenly cloud up and rain leaving you soaked: bring extra clothing. Not just shirts, but the works from shoes to jackets. Take some extra food and water, too; and for pity’s sake, if you’re hunting alone, always be sure to tell someone where you are and how long you’ll be gone. If you have a cell phone with gps, that’s even better.

  2. Enjoy competing with others, but be a good sport about it whether you win or lose. Competition is what really gets you to do your best. You can hit the center of your target while alone, but hitting it with others looking on is an exhilarating feeling. Just remember: nobody likes a sore loser, but neither do they like winning braggarts.

  3. Always think positively. Don’t let past failures make you lose confidence. Successes or mistakes made from previous times should have taught you what you should or shouldn’t do again. Remember that each time you shoot that arrow, it’s adding to your experience cache. Just concentrate and stay focused.

  4. If you’re in a competition, don’t let others who seem to be better intimidate you. No matter how experienced or professional the others may seem to be, they’re nervous, too. They’ve got just as much to lose as you do and know it. So, again, keep your focus on your own abilities.

  5. Practice, practice, and then practice some more. That old saying practice makes perfect wasn’t just someone’s cheer to support someone else. Somewhere along the annals of history someone noticed and made it known that the more you work at something, the better you get at it until at last you achieve perfection.

  6. During a competition, stick with the techniques that are working for you. If you notice someone else performed a technique you’ve never seen before and they hit center target, don’t try it for yourself. Remember, they’ve mastered that technique before trying it during competition. If you try it, you’ll be at rank amateur status and the arrow may not even come close to your target. Wait until you get to your favorite practice spot to try anything new.

  7. Develop a mental training to keep your mind focused on aiming, shooting, and hitting the target. Don’t let anything distract you. If your stomach’s growling, let it. You’ll be home soon enough eating. If someone made a bet on the outcome of a competition, that’s their problem not yours. You’re there to do your best, and that’s all that counts.
So, there you have it; some helpful advice from those who have been there and done it countless times.