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?