Monday, 24 March 2014

I've Recently Taken Up Archery


As a lot of you know, I have been attending archery classes these past few weekends.  I have absolutely loved it! 

I have attended a beginners course to learn the basics.  Previous to the first class I had never picked up a bow in my life.  A lot of people have asked me why I chose to start this...  Honestly?  I have no idea.  It was something I had wanted to try for a while and I found an archery club near me so I went for it!  The course was 8 weeks long and it taught me what a bow consists of, how to aim and how to shoot.  Sounds easy, right?  Wrong!  It was a lot harder than I expected if I'm completely honest.

I was shooting using an 18lb training bow and at first I found it very heavy but now I find that it is ok, even a little on the light side.  One of the instructors is the same age as me and she was so helpful!  I had a look at her badass 45lb bow and I couldn't even pull the string back an inch, never mind use it!  I was surprised at how huge bows are, the one I've been using is almost the same height as me.

Archery has taught me something about myself that I never knew before!  Although I am right hand dominant, my dominant eye is my left.  This made it quite awkward at first!  Normally people who are right handed are right eye dominant.  Why would that matter I hear you cry? Well, when I was aiming my instinct was to shut my right eye and use my left eye to guide me.  This made my arrows go a bit mental and all but a few failed to hit the target.  I had to train myself to shut my left eye and use my right, even though it was a little blurry.  I could have switched it around and used a left handed bow but pulling the string with my left hand just felt way too weird.

Classes were a little frustrating some weeks!  Sometimes I'd hit bang on target and other times I'd be miles out.  Remembering to stand the same way each time I shot was harder than I though it'd be.  Pulling my hand further back, tilting my head, moving my feet slightly or even tilting the bow a little would all throw my arrows off course.  The key to being a good archer is (apparently) consistency.  I did improve throughout the weeks at least.  Robin Hood, move aside!

I am so glad I tried this!  It was a lot of fun.  Have you tried archery?  When was the last time you tried something for the first time?


  1. I did one archery session with Guides and remember it being amazing fun, I really would love to have another go. I'll have to see if there's anything near me


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