7 Tips on How to Shoot a Compound Bow Better
When it comes to shooting a compound bow in the field, all of us can use a little bit more help. If you’ve been looking for a way to become an even better archer, then read on and we’ll show you some tips that’ll help you learn how to shoot a compound bow with laser accuracy.
1. Know Your Gear
Anytime you change something in your setup, it’s important that you get used to it. It’s always a good idea to test it out before you need it. This is especially important if you’re a gear fanatic, a lot of us are constantly looking for the best bow sight on the market, new strings, new arrowheads or whatever else we can come up with.
The best setup is the one you’re the most familiar with though, and as long as it’s not broken you might want to think twice about fixing it.
2. Varied Practice Conditions
Conditions can change rapidly in the field. Visibility, wind speed and direction, and even humidity will have an effect on your accuracy, so try and get out in practice in less than ideal conditions.
It can be dreary and tiresome some days to shoot, but by learning how to shoot no matter what the weather is like you can become an adaptable, capable sharpshooting archer rather than having to rely on ideal conditions to make sure of a hit.
3. Relax During the Release
It might seem counter intuitive, but if relax a little bit you’ll find that your accuracy becomes a lot higher. Staying tense on the bow leads to a less reliable shot, since your levels of tension will inevitably vary even if just a little bit.
By staying relaxed during the release you can ensure a much smoother hit. Many archers who can manage a relaxed shot tend to grip down on the bow when they allow the arrow to fly. The effect can be minute on accuracy at shorter ranges but keeping your body relaxed during the final release is one of the keys to repeatable, pinpoint accuracy.
4. Use a Reliable Anchor Point
Your anchor point is one of the most important pieces of your draw. It can make or break you when it comes to accuracy, and forcing it to be an automatic motion is one of the best little modifications you can make as long as your basic form is down.
Everyone has their own idea of what the perfect anchor point is when they’re firing, but you should definitely find which one works best for your own shooting and then stick to it. Take video or use a friend to keep yourself accountable, the best shot is one that you can repeat in exact detail each time you pull an arrow back.
5. Sight “Floating”
Instead of seeking to hold your sight in exactly one area, allow the sight to “float” a little bit while you’re lining up your shot. Combine it with the next tip and you’ll soon find yourself shooting better than ever before.
6. Master the Surprise Release
Simply put, the surprise release means that the bow goes off without any conscious effort on your part. You can achieve this by using a back-tension release and pulling smoothly back until it fires.
One of the most common reasons to miss shots is so-called “target panic,” where people have trouble keeping their sight on track while they’re firing. By utilizing this technique you can make sure that every shot is smooth and reliable, your shot sliding smooth right off the arrow rest.
It will take some time, especially if you’re already using a back-tension release and are used to punching the trigger, but you’ll be impressed with how much tighter you can shoot once you retrain yourself to fire this way. Most hunters highly recommend mastering this technique, regardless of how good you are already.
7. Follow Through
One of the most important parts of archery, and one of the most disregarded, is the follow-through when you’re shooting. If you haven’t kept up with this part of archery a follow-through sounds odd when you think of the way a bow works, but it’s another way to make sure you can attain quick and consistent firing.
Instead of immediately dropping the arrow hand and the bow after firing, strive to keep aiming until the arrow hits the target. It’s simple to teach, but for someone who has been shooting for years and dropping the bow immediately afterwards it can take a little bit of time to retrain this way.
This is one of the easiest habits to acquire if you’re just beginning, however, and it should part of the “basics” for every new archer who’s getting ready to step into the field.
These tips should help get you on your way to shooting better with a compound bow. As long as you have basic form down, the above will help you to take your shooting to a higher level. The key, as always, is to practice, practice, and practice some more. Happy shooting!
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Kevin Steffey is an avid hunter and freelance writer. He loves spending time in the field with his rifle more than almost anything else, and occupies his off-time discussing deer and their habits online. He is a founder at www.deerhuntingfield.com.