Back to the Basics: Anchoring

Last week, I talked about the importance of hand placement on the bow. If you have not read it, you can find it here. So far, we have worked on footwork and hand placement. Today, I want to talk about anchoring. Before we get into learning about the proper form of anchoring, let’s talk about some background information.

What is anchoring?

Anchoring is the main component when you are aiming your arrow at a target. Anchoring aligns your bow to your face and assists you where you want that arrow to go. Having the correct draw length on your bow is very important. If you aren’t sure what your draw length is, I would suggest going to get measured at your local bow shop, or a bow shop located closest to you.

What is the proper form of anchoring?

Like footwork and hand placement, the proper form of anchoring is based on personal preference. However, you can easily make mistakes without even pinpointing the issues if you don’t pay attention to your “proper” form of anchoring. Anchoring can be very frustrating in the beginning because you are looking to be consistent each time.

When you are drawing your bow back, you want the bow string to line up along your face. The string will be your reference point if you are not using a peep sight. Your string needs to line up with the area in which you are aiming. This is personally a little complicated if you are starting out. I would highly recommend a peep sight if you are a beginner. You can find one here.

If you are using a peep sight, your dominant eye should line up with your peep sight. If you’re not aligned with your peep, you will need your bow tech to help you adjust it to your eye level. Your tech may need to tie in your peep sight in again.

You also want the string to run from the middle of your nose to the corner of your mouth. There are accessories out there you can use to help you be consistent on placement such as a nose button and a kisser button. If you are interested in installing these products, I strongly suggest a bow tech to install them on your bow. Once you are consistent on anchoring, you can take these items off. If you do, you still need to pay attention to your anchoring when you are practicing or competing. 

Again, I would practice shooting 40 arrows (10 rounds, 4 arrows each round) each evening. Pay attention to the small details. Have someone to watch you. If you are shooting by yourself, set up your phone and record your shoot. Review the videos and recognize the “rights” and the “wrongs.” If you would like to go more in depth with anchoring, you watch this video from School of Nock.

Breaking these basics down are helpful for you if you are a beginner or you have been doing this for a while and want to improve on your form. Let me know in the comments how your progress is going. I would love to know!

Stay adventurous!


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