Information for those on the Beginners Course...
'In other words... Homework!'
Glossary of Archery Terms -
ANCHOR POINT - More correctly know as reference point, which is a constant point on the archers face to which the loosing hand and string is drawn (Corner of mouth)
ARCHERS PARADOX - The apparent peculiarity of the way an arrow flexes and bends around the bow yet maintains accuracy
ARROW REST - The shelf on which the arrow rests during the draw
BACK OF BOW - The face of the bow which is on the opposite side to the string
BELLY OF THE BOW - The face of the bow on the same side as the string
BOSS / BUTT - The block of layered foam to which the target face is pinned
BOW HAND - The hand in which the bow is supported
BOW ARM - The arm that corresponds to the bow hand
BOW STRING - The chord or string on which the arrow is placed for shooting
BOW WINDOW - (1) The section of riser just above the handle which is cut away to allow the arrow rest to be nearer the centre line of the bow. (2) The space between the bow and the string at full draw through which the archer may be incorrectly sighting
BRACE - To string the bow
BRACER - A guard worn on the inside of the bow arm to hold clothing clear of the string and to protect the forearm from string slap
COCK FEATHERS - The odd coloured feather at right angles to the string
COMPOUND BOW - A bow whose efficiency is enhanced by the use of cams or wheels
CREEPING - Allowing the arrow to move forward from full draw before being loosed
DOMINANT EYE - the eye which is strongest and is used for aiming
DRAW - The act of extending the bow arm whilst drawing the bow string back
DRAW WEIGHT - The amount of force required to pull the string from rest to full draw
FAST - The warning cry used to stop shooting in and emergency
FINGER TAB or GLOVE - A shield worn on the loosing fingers to protect them from string friction whilst shooting
FLETCHINGS - A collective word to describe feathers or vanes on an arrow
FLETCHING JIGG - A device used to ensure the fletchings are fixed equidistant around an arrow shaft
NOCKS - (1) The grooves at the end of the bow limbs to which the string is fitted
(2) The plastic fitting behind the fletchings which slips onto the bow string
NOCKING POINT - The point on the bow string where the nock of the arrow is located to shoot
NOCK (TO) - The act of locating the arrow onto the nocking point on the string
OVER BOWED - To use a bow with too heavy a draw weight
PILE / POINT - The metal device at the leading end of the an arrow
RISER - The centre section of a bow
SERVING - The thread that is wound around the bow string to prevent it fraying
SPINE - The measured ability of an arrow to bend
UNDER BOWED - To use a bow with too light a bow weight
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Know Your Equipment
The Etiquette of Archery
A good archer:-
- Will at all times observe the safety rules
- Will listen attentively to the coach and not disrupt coaching sessions
- Does not touch other people’s equipment without permission
- Will offer to pay for any damage he or she causes to another’s arrows immediately, except damage due to arrows colliding in the target
- Does not distract other archers whilst they are shooting by talking to them or any other archer
- Will assist with scoring and other housekeeping duties i.e. setting up and taking down
- Does not touch arrows in the target until all scoring is completed
- Be at all times courteous to others
Field archery supplement
- Will not attempt to shoot any animal or bird, or anything other than designated targets
- Will respect the environment, flora and fauna
- Does not discuss distances with any other archer
- Does not leave litter
Archers should try to make every shot the best one that he or she has ever made and not be prepared to loose an arrow if he or she is not entirely sure that they have done everything within their capability to achieve that end.
Archery is a sport in which achievement is directly proportional to personal effort, application and attention.
Remember, expensive equipment cannot make a poor archer into a good one but a good archer can make even the most basic equipment shoot well.
The bottom line is any bow, if it could shoot itself, would repeat the perfect shot every time. It is the archers input that makes any shot imperfect.
Oh and by the way, I forgot to point out that archery is fun. None of us do it because we have to; we do it for the love of the sport. Whatever your aspirations or achievements are, you are at liberty to, and are supposed to, enjoy you archery.