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Many of our archers and bowhunters have issues where their shots unexpectedly hit left and right and they cannot figure out why. They check their grip, their stance, their posture, and then they start tweaking the sight back and forth, chasing the gold. However, many of our archers do not think about their follow-through. It is a vital and difficult to master part of a shot, and improving your follow-through can drastically improve your archery accuracy.
Simply put, follow-through is what you do after the release fires or your fingers release the string. Many people erroneously think that as soon as the release goes off, the shot is done and you can look where it went and ignore what happens with the bow drawing hand afterward, However, the truth is that for a fraction of a second, the bow and the arrow that is being shot are still in contact with you, and what you do in those moments of transition are very important. A common issue, for example, is for right handed archers with an index finger trigger release to shoot using their finger to pull the trigger, not follow through properly, and thus have arrows go oddly left with no explanation. This issue can be fixed with proper follow-through!
Below are exaggerated examples of good and bad follow-through. Check them out and compare the differences.
As we covered in previous weeks, the best shots in archery happen by surprise by using our back muscles to pull slowly through the shot. The same pulling motion will create an excellent follow-through if continued after the shot breaks. The body must remain still, and the only motion comes from the release going off, allowing your elbow to pull to a point behind you as your hand thus drifts naturally over the rear shoulder, directly in line with the bow string as it leaves your face. Executing a shot in this way increase accuracy and consistency, and when you try it and get comfortable with it, you will likely see that it feels better, too.
Check out archery expert and renowned coach John Dudley's synopsis of this same idea. He teaches a method using a positive contraction of the bicep that may help some archers who have a hard time understanding what the shot should feel like.
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