On this episode of “Archery Fit” fueled by MTN Ops, I quickly run through some archery tips regarding arrow spine. During this episode, I wanted to discuss how to change arrow spine and why you may not be getting the best results even when you have the correct spine.
Let’s say you have a 300 spine arrow and you start adding weight to it. The more weight you add to the front or back of that arrow, the weaker that spine becomes. The spine also becomes weaker as the arrow gets longer. Essentially, you can tune a bow just by focusing on the arrow.
For example, if you are paper tuning your bow and experience a high tear (the arrow is weak), that is telling you to either shorten the arrow or reduce the weight of the point on the front of the arrow. On the other hand, if you get a low tear (the arrow is stiff) you can either shoot longer arrows or add weight to the point.
Your arrow’s fletching, nock, and point are all areas where you can adjust the arrow spine to be either weaker or stiffer. Your arrow is not just a 300 spine arrow, everything you do effects that arrow’s performance, your accuracy, and what your shot forgiveness will be.
Bow Stabilizer Weight and Balance Ratio for Compound Bows
On this episode of “Archery Fit” fueled by MTN Ops, I quickly run through how to weight your bow and touch briefly on compound bow stabilization. Every archer shoots differently and as a result, each individual bow and shooter require their own balance ratio. I set my balance ratio by observing how much pressure I put on the back of the bow. Essentially the harder I pull, the more weight I need on the front bar. If you have a very light front bar on a high let-off setup and you pull hard on the backend of the bow, your pin will simply float wildly and an accurate shot will prove very difficult to make. In this instance, you would need to add weight to the front of the bow stabilizer in order to balance the bow. On the other hand, if you are a very relaxed and static shooter like I am, too much weight could cause the bow to dip periodically while aiming.
With Bee Stinger bow stabilizer weight systems you can really play with the amount of weight you have on the front of your bow. You can add weight ounce by ounce to your bow stabilizer until you achieve the perfect balance. When it comes to bow stabilizer weight and the balance ratio, analyze what kind of shooter you are first, then evaluate the weight you place on the front of your bow.
Today on Archery Fit fueled by MTN Ops, I talk about compound bow anchoring. Your anchor point is one of the most important aspects of archery. To be repetitive is to be accurate. In the past, I have taught a 3 point anchor– how your hand touches the release, how the release touches the string, and how the string touches your face. This last point of contact can have the greatest impact on your shot.
I think the most accurate and repeatable action you can have when anchoring is touching the tip of your nose to the string. A lot of archers happen to touch the side of their nose to the string and that is fine as long as it is repeated. The one thing you need to watch however is pressing your face against the string. This pressure can cause the string to move which can turn paper tuning into a nightmare!
Focus on your compound bow anchoring when shooting your bow, but pay special attention to how much pressure you’re putting on the string. To quickly find out if you are doing this, take your face off the string completely when paper tuning. If you’re having bad tears when paper tuning with your face on the string then you’re applying pressure.
If you’ve shot a bow even a few times, you’re probably familiar with this topic. Target panic can affect everyone if the right conditions are there. It’s the sense that when you draw your bow back, you need to quickly get on target or you’ll lose your shot opportunity. While that could be true if you wait too long, just feeling that emotion causes some unfortunate things to happen with your archery form. That’s what makes this archery tip so important to use in your bow practice sessions. When everything’s on the table and you’re about to take the final shot of the competition or take the shot at an animal, you need to be confident in your compound bow archery form. Are you?
What Causes Target Panic?
Target panic is a result of mind games. It’s all psychological. When you start to lose faith in yourself or believe you might miss a shot unless you quickly touch off a shot on your Block® targets, your compound bow shooting form breaks down and your body unconsciously starts to shake. Just a little at first. But before you know it, your pin is wobbling all over the target, making a steady shot impossible. If left uncorrected, this feeling of anxiety and fear of poor shooting can spread to every time you draw your bow back. Say goodbye bullseyes and dead deer and hello sub-par groupings, embarrassment, and frustration. So what can you do to fix it before it gets to that stage? Check out the archery tip video below.
How To Fix Target Panic
As you can see, being an accurate archer isn’t all about quickly punching the release when your pin drifts over the middle of your target. While bow shot timing is important, good archery should also be about steady consistency. Here’s an archery tip for you to try out.
A great way to overcome this tendency (which is usually learned and built up over months or years) is to practice without shooting any arrows. During the offseason (i.e., summer), commit a couple weeks of your practice time to unlearn what you have learned by using this archery practice drill. Simply draw your Matthews® bow back, settle the pin on your target for as long as you can accurately do so. Do not touch the release and do not shoot the arrow. If the pin starts drifting all over, simply let the bow down and take a break. Take note of how long you can hold the pins steady so you can compare to later on. Repeat this process 50 to 60 times a day and for a few weeks if time allows. Your body will slowly start to get more comfortable with aiming when you don’t have the unspoken pressure of shooting. By the end of your archery practice session, you should notice that you can hold the pins steady much longer on dead center without as much drifting. Compare it to your first time to see how much of a difference it made.
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On today’s segment of Archery Fit, brought to you by MTN OPS, I talk about bow sight length! I see a lot of guys…famous guys that run their sight bar about 3ft from their riser (over exaggeration). When you are hunting with a gun, obviously the longer the barrel the more accurate the shot. This is simply not the case for bow sight length.
One of the hardest things to control for archers is bow torque. The further your bow sight is from the riser and your hand, the more the pins or your point of impact moves with torque. The closer you can get that sight to the riser, the less it moves when you torque your bow. Remember this the next time you are shopping for a bow sight, or aim to adjust your sight based on a common misconception.
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On today’s segment of Archery Fit brought to you by MTN OPS, I talk about shot timing! Timing is very important in your shot sequence. Repetition in archery is what it is essentially all about. Consistency is critical.
I define shot timing as the time you come to full draw and anchor, to when that shot fires. If your shot timing is more than 4-5 seconds shot to shot, then there will be a good chance your grouping and consistency will suffer. If your goal is to become the best archer you can physically be, then dialing in and staying within your shot timing is the way to go.
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On today’s segment of Archery Fit brought to you by MTN OPS, I bust the myth of brace height! Archers have always heard, that the longer the brace height, the more accurate the bow. But really, the only way this discussion exists is because of draw length. The longer the draw length, the more critical your bow will be. The longer the arrow is on the string, the more time exists for it to be thrown off target.
With the efficiency of today’s compound bows, brace height as a topic has been deflated. It’s all about draw length! Busting the myth of brace height once and for all.
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Welcome to “Archery Fit” a segment of Bow Life TV brought to you by MTN OPS. On today’s episode, I walk you through serving a bow string. Learning how to serve a bow string will not only increase the longevity of your strings and cables but make you a better shot as well.
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