One of the essential points in archery is anchoring; it is a crucial component when shooting. But what exactly is anchoring? Let’s talk more about that here at Bow and Arrows Pro.
Anchoring or the anchor points are reference marks that can help increase stability and accuracy for every shot. It is a pointing pose where your draw hand is positioned for a full draw with the arm and shoulder muscles are aligned, holding solidly and consistently the draw bow in place, resting either on the cheek or near the jaw to avoid shaking while everything is positioned to release the arrow. Also, the anchor point should be in a consistent position before, during, and after the arrow was released – shot after shot.
How to properly anchor?
For accurate shooting, your anchor point should have these following criteria:
- It must be identifiable.
- It must be repeatable, which in the long run, you can repeat the pose subconsciously.
- It must be comfortable.
To provide some more detailed and simplified understanding, anchor point has to follow these other three essential components of the consistent anchor point for accuracy – release-to-hand contact, hand-to-face contact, and the string-to-face contact.
The first point in anchor point is the release-to-hand contact; it is positioning the hand for the release. To have accurate shooting, you should find which hand position you are comfortable with and if you are consistent with it. Again, that position should be repeatable; it is where you can subconsciously position your hand for every draw and release of the bow.
By the time you have a comfortable release-to-hand contact position, your next step is to find a comfortable and consistent position where you can mount your hand to your face. As mentioned, you need a position where you can rest your hand for stability and to maximize the position of the shoulders for a better draw of the bow and arrow.
You can also use your middle knuckle and lightly anchor it against the jawline or near the jaw; this position is also comfortable and repetitive too.
The third anchor point is the string-to-face; it is a position where the string is in contact with the face or the nose (either the tip or the side of the nose). To be consistent and improve shooting accuracy, lightly let the string touch the nose or the face.
Then, if you are ready to release the bow, let the arrow fly with confidence. If you can’t find a comfortable, stable, and consistent anchor point, the problem could be your equipment. After reading this, try to visit Bows and Arrows Pro’s website at bowsandarrowspro.com, to find ways on how to find the right bow and arrow for you.
Learning how to do the proper anchoring isn’t hard, neither it is also easy; in other words, with determination and patience, you’ll be able to find the right anchor point for you. Also, do not stop from reading similar posts to help you with the right positioning in archery, as well as, finding the right bow and arrow for you. You can read additional useful tips at Bows and Arrows Pro.