How to Shoot a Longbow Properly

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How to Shoot a Longbow Properly

Gaining control of a longbow can take some practice, but the rewards are worth the effort. This type of bow is an ancient archery tool and requires you to draw upon the ancient art form itself in order to shoot it accurately.

To achieve a perfect longbow shot, begin by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and weight evenly distributed. This will guarantee your stance is stable, allowing you to repeat your technique consistently.

Position the Bow Hand
Insert your bow hand into the handle (grip) of the bow with thumb and index finger in line with its centreline, keeping your thumb muscle on the grip in a low wrist position during draw sequences. This helps maintain alignment of your thumb base on the grip.

Once the grip is adjusted correctly, push the bow back into your hand using the thenar space between thumb and index finger. This is where it will be inserted when at full draw.

To guarantee your stance is correct, practice standing with the bow at various angles. Do this to get a feel for how your stance changes as the draw length increases. Additionally, shoot some shots with the bow in front of you in various positions.

Your bow arm should never be bent when drawing the bow, as this could lead to inconsistent results. To improve your drawing technique, practice with either a video camera or mirror so you can observe how your body and elbow look when drawing with the bow.

When practicing with a video, try to maintain your bow arm in an upright position and ignore any bow arm bending during the draw. Doing so can improve accuracy and draw length.

Additionally, strive for an even push and pull throughout the draw sequence. Doing this is key in achieving the ideal draw length.

Another essential aspect of a longbow shot is proper finger and arrow placement. Position your fingers on the string with your index finger above the nock and middle and ring fingers below it, leaving some space between your fingers and arrow so it doesn’t interfere with its trajectory.

To prevent damage to the arrow, it should be nocked onto the string with its cock feather pointed up and away from the riser. Doing this ensures that it does not come near contact with the riser.

Once the arrow has been pulled back with your hand, fire it quickly and accurately with either a finger release or mechanical aid.

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