Back to the Basics Introduction

Now that the holiday season is over, it is time for Josh and I to begin practicing for the 3D Archery season. Depending on where you live and what kind of target you shoot, the season typically begins in January or February. It doesn’t sound like there’s a lot of time in between, but if you’re not planning on attending every single event, then you actually have time to be prepared.

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been shooting for 20 years, it’s always important to go back to the basics. Not everyone shoots their bow all-year round. Over time, it’s easy to forget about the little things that affect your performance. Therefore, you need to start from the beginning. If you are starting out, this will take some time for you because you need to form some muscle. memory. I remember practicing the basics by shooting 40 arrows an evening. It sounds like a lot, but this is key to executing good form and identifying bad habits along the way. Once you have been shooting for more than a year, practicing the basics won’t take very long.

Last year’s backyard set up (and last year’s bow). I had no idea what I was doing. Pro tip: Don’t shoot toward your house if you are just starting. You WILL shoot your house.

If this is your first year competing or you are simply wanting to start shooting a bow, you need to learn the basics. From form to your equipment, it’s important to understand it all. If you don’t take the time to learn and be coachable, chances are you will get frustrated and have the desire to quit before you even get started. 

Am I a pro at this? No. This is my second year competing. However, I have learned a lot within the first year and have so much more to learn this year. Sometimes you learn in your garage or backyard and other times, you just have to get out there on the range and learn from experience. To be honest, you need to learn on and off the range in order to become a better archer.

My first indoor league competition with my Mathews Prima.

You’re also going to have a few archers out there to tell you how exactly you should be shooting in terms of form. There is a “correct” way so to speak when we are talking about foot placement, hand placement, and anchoring. The rest comes through personal preference. If someone does give you advice or you have someone who is coaching you, take in the advice they are giving and process whether it will benefit you in the long run. Most of the time, their advice is beneficial.

For the next few weeks, I am going to share some insights in terms of form that I have learned within the last year. I am no expert at this whatsoever, but if you’re a beginner, a lot of the time you feel less intimidated in asking someone who isn’t a semi-pro or pro (at least I am that way). 

Not only am I going to share some insights I learned from last year, but I am also going to share my journey along the way. Remember, I am still learning as well so we are all in this together.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie Paige

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