How to Aim A Long Bow for Perfect Shot Every Time?
- Erik Himmel
It may be the wonder point for the beginners to learn how to aim a long bow. The ancient bow doesn’t have an archery vision, let alone an iron sight.
In this article, I will explain to you how you can still hit your target using several techniques. Mastering the process is less time-consuming than learning how to make a longbow. So, without wasting any further moment, let’s dive into it directly.
Here we will also be familiar with the magical word ‘Instinctive Archery.’ I will guide you through this term as everybody is talking about this term most frequently.
Instinctive archery is a technique, under which we actually do not aim the target at all.
What you need to do is focus on your target and tries to hit it with your arrow. If you think that this will not be as easy as it seems, then let me tell you that if you are able to throw a ball to your friend or hit an item, you just know how you have to throw the ball so that it will hit the target.
Basics of Aiming a Longbow
Now, I will take you through the whole process starting with a brief introduction to the basics of aiming a long bow. It involves several steps that you need to follow and mix them in your nature to produce the desired results.
Moreover, it can be somewhat difficult; it will become smooth and convenient process all the way if you practice it a lot. The best way is to get trained under a professional archery coach. He will guide you as per your unique body shape, your skills etc. that will be the best suit for every individual.
1. How to aim a longbow without sights?
Most of the archers today going back to the traditional methods of aiming a bow especially, shooting a bow without a sight. Therefore, it becomes a challenging job to rely on your sole judgment each time you aim your bow to shoot.
So, how to aim a longbow without sights to help you? 4 different ways are there need to consider while aiming a long bow without a sight, such as Gap Shooting, String Walking, Face Walking, Instinctive Shooting.
2. How to Aim a Long Bow?
In this section, we will discuss a step-by-step procedure that will teach you how to aim a longbow. You will learn the stance, nocking the arrow, drawing the bow, reference point, holding etc.
3. Taking the Right Stance
First of all, the archer needs to stand in an upright and comfortable position one foot on each side of the shooting line. The gap between the feet should be as between the shoulder so that the equal amount of weight is divided on both the feet. This way, you have to make balance and keep the body steady.
Further, you need to maintain the position study while shooting. You can adopt an open stance if you feel some trouble with bowstring clearance. Now, you will have to maintain the same position for each shot.
4. Nocking your Arrow
Furthermore, now you have to fit the arrow by placing the nock between the knocking points on the bowstring. You will have to be careful about the cock to face you and nock is pushed gently on to the bowstring. Place arrow on the top finger of your hand.
5. Positioning the hand
While drawing the bow, the first, second and third fingers will be used. You have to place the index finger on the nock while the second and the third fingers are needed to be below the nock.
Most importantly, keep a clear gap between the index and the second finger and the arrow nock. You should keep the back of the hand as relaxed and flat as you can.
6. Taking Pre-draw preparation
Before moving further, to set the hand position on the handle, you have to push out with the bow arm then you will have to raise your bow arm and the drawing arm together. The shoulder on the front will be in a low position.
You should check that on the center of the bow the string is aligned before drawing back. Similarly, the arrow point must be aimed at the point at which you are aiming. Whenever the bow will get in the position vertical to it, then the edge of the bow and the bowstring will be in a parallel position.
7. Drawing the longbow
Now, your job is to draw and aiming for the longbow. Remember that a particular amount of kinetic energy has to go into the arrow. For this, you can use the muscles on the back to pull the drawing arm backward. It must be in soft motion until the hand gets the position opposite to the jaw.
One thing to remember is that you need to stabilize the position of the body and also the position of your head. To do so, you will have to put equal pressure on the hand that holds the bow and another that draws it.
8. Setting/Understanding the reference point
The point where you will have to position your hand on the jaw and also where the bowstring is touching the face of the player is called the reference point. It is of utmost importance that you have placed your index finger at the right place.
Therefore, the thumb is placed into the palm of the hand and makes it clear that the bowstring is touching the nose or the chin. The archer needs to be consonant. Also, you need to make it clear that all the positions are coordinated with each other. So, if there is any change in the position that will impact on the force generated to impart the bow.
Holding the bow
Holding is the key point where the stress is enabled in the muscles on the back and after aiming the arrow, finally the things are checked. This is a fleeting moment for many of the longbow archers.
In addition, if there is any sort of problem with your body or you are in any doubt, then it would be better to stop. Make the bowstring down and start the process once again. It is always better than to stop rather than going for a bad luck.
Aiming the bow
If you are unable to aim at the midpoint or the bullseye, then it is better to choose a point to get the perfect shot. It is advised to better mark a small point on the ground and then go for aiming the tip of arrow at that.
Optional, most of the archers use a rubber ring on the bow to ensure a firm grip which they adjust according to the distance of the shot.
Finally, after passing through the whole process of how to aim a long bow, you may know the benefits of the learning of the archery.
After a short period of time, you will see the amazing thing to hit the targets quickly on short distances. However, a good long bow may make a difference in your longbow shooting experience. So, go ahead, pick a great bow, aim, and shoot!