Hi! Our last entry talked about the creation of the prettiest makeshift bow on the line, today I have a few tips that might help you along while you learn how to shoot the bow!
(Never) Dry Fire
This one is pretty simple, don’t you ever dare dry fire your bow or you will regret it. I’ve seen a bunch of people doing this and their bow is no more, that’s the best case scenario, it could get a lot uglier. What dry fire is trying to imply is shooting your bow without an arrow nocked. No matter what type of bow, recurve, traditional or compound they will all suffer if you decide to dry fire. Make sure your arrows have the right spine to them and use those.
For most people with just a little experience with bows this is a no-brainer. Using wrong spine for your arrows can lead to more arrow drop or even the arrow breaking (usually happens with weak spines). Arrows rarely break, but when they do it means either the spine was wrong or you hit cold steel with it, I doubt any of us have targets made of steel so I’m going to go with the first guess. Do a little research on arrow spine and you’ll get it right in no time!
Pose is the most important aspect of shooting a bow, if the pose is not right many things can go wrong. What I do is stand straight, my legs about 2 feet apart and aim using the arrow. Using an arm guard can prove useful, especially for beginners. All the arm guard does is protect your arm from the whip lash of the bow string, you may not feel it at first but boy will it get worse. Before buying a bow do your own research for the safety measures and I suggest you don’t use the bow in public spaces. Stay safe.