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Teaching Kids To Follow Through When Shooting A Bow

by Chris Larsen

Here is a simple tip to help archers who are seemingly doing everything right but still struggling to shoot well.

It doesn’t matter if you’re learning golf, karate, baseball or just about any other sport follow through with the shot is important. One of the biggest detriments to accurate shooting of a bow is lack of follow through. This simple archery tip is one of my favorites for kids and adult shooters.

It doesn’t matter if you’re learning golf, karate, baseball or just about any other sport follow through with the shot is important. One of the biggest detriments to accurate shooting of a bow is lack of follow through. This simple archery tip is one of my favorites for kids and adult shooters.

When a shooter isn’t following through they tend to let the hand they are holding the string with move slightly forward before releasing the string. For a right handed archer this would be their right hand. This forward movement causes the archer to lose his or her anchor point and the result is wildly inconsistent shooting. This is the case for archers shooting with only their fingers and archers using a release aid.

To alleviate the problem, simply instruct the young archer to touch their shoulder as their hand comes off the string. Right handed shooters should touch their right shoulder and left handed shooters should touch their left shoulder. This ensures their string hand will not creep forward and it also tends to keep their eyes looking ahead and on target.

There is obviously a lot more to shooting well but this easy archery tip will often help a shooter who is seemingly doing everything else correct but still struggling with accuracy.

 

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