5 Steps to Better Bow Accuracy

To score more consistently, you've got to pay attention to the little things.


You'll need to go the extra yard to score consistently on good bucks.

Go beyond the basics to achieve better arrow groups. Try these.

  1. _Get a Grip--_On release, the natural tendency is to choke the grip. This leads to torquing the bow. Arrows are pulled off target either left or right.

A light, relaxed grip minimizes transferring hand torque to the arrow. Try a bow sling; they reduce the tendency to grab the grip.

  1. _Draw Cycle--_A herky-jerky draw means: 1.) too much draw weight and/or 2.) you're not in bow shape--both cause ill-flying arrows. Drawing a bow should be one, fluid push-pull motion.

  2. _Aim--_Possessing the ability to hold a bow steady is of paramount importance. Archers experience target panic when they're unable to steady their pin on the target. Rushed, punched or pulled shots result. Trained muscles and well-rehearsed shot sequences minimize target panic.

  3. _Release--_The advantages mechanical releases have over fingers are tantamount. Greater draw comfort and logarithmically cleaner string releases top the list.

Setting trigger tension too tight is a common mistake. Hair triggers lead to punching or jabbing.

Set tension high enough so you must pull through. Pulling through means using back tension to initiate the shot; use the first or second finger crease to activate the release. Fingertip trigger trips jerk shots off course.

  1. _Think about It--_Professional athletes have mental routines they follow prior to performing. Golfers address the ball and pitchers set their foot on the rubber, lean-in and get the signal. Prior to executing, mentally run through the perfect shot sequence checklist.