Let's face it- archers like to pull back strong bows and shoot their arrows quickly. Whether it is to shoot more accurately on a field, 3D or indoor course, or simply to get the most ethical kill shot on an animal they are hunting, archers are not wrong to try to shoot higher poundage. However, when archers prioritize their power over their technique, their shots suffer. This week, we cover how to know when you are pulling too much weight and why it matters.
Many of our archers are unfortunately reluctant to lower their poundage, even when it is the right thing to do. Many archers see the weight of their bow as a point of pride or something that they need to keep at his highest possible number, almost the way a weight lifter might think of their max bench press. But that could not be further from the truth! In archery, technique is the proverbial king, and if your bow is so heavy that it pulls your technique out of wack, your bow is making you a worse archer. So, in order to ensure that you don't lose your technique, we have outlined a few hints that you may be pulling too much weight.
One big tell that you are shooting too much weight is when your groupings spread out and your muscles fatigue. If you notice that you can only shoot 10 shots before you fatigue and cannot continue shooting tight groups, you are likely pulling too much weight. Of course, this is only one factor that might affect your groups. but it is an easy one to see if you know that you are typically a strong shooter.
But the biggest tell for our instructor team that you are pulling too much weight is your draw cycle. When archers have to muscle their draw in order to get the bow's cams to break over and reach the wall, we always tell them to stop and take their poundage down. Poor draws can compromise your control of your back muscles, put your body out of alignment, as well as be down right dangerous to other archers (or neighbors!). Check out our video on poor draw cycles to see if you need to lower your poundage and work on your technique!
Use these tips to ensure that you are making good shots with good technique and not compromising your shot for the sake of being able to tell your friends that you shoot an 80 pound compound bow. Take care and we'll see you on the range!
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