ARCHERY SPORTS USA
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Archery Sports carries a full line of bows: compound bows, crossbows, recurve bows. Bows for men, women and children ranging from most major manufacturers. Alpine, Browning, PSE, Parker, Reflex, etc.
We carry all types of accessories: ranging from camoflage tape to bow parts to quivers, string material, fishing accessories and many more accessories.
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Here at Archery Sports USA, we’ve got the country’s largest collection of archery gear and apparel. Everything from bows and arrows to clothes and quivers. Search our extensive database of products and purchase items right from the website to have them delivered to your home. All within a click.
Archery Sports opened April 1, 2003 with one goal in mind. The goal being, to be “the best damn archery shop” anywhere. We carry top brands and we offer quick and friendly service. We have thirty years experience in bow hunting, field archery, and a little less than 30 years in 3D archery. We ship the same or next day. If we’re out of stock we’ll find it and have it to you as soon as possible!
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If you find yourself steadily off-course with your arrows, there are some key tips you can use to increase your overall accuracy. Doing these during off-times will create a second-hand sort of discipline that you won’t even need to think about when it comes to hunting season or competition.
First thing you will want to do is make sure you are holding your bow properly. Ensuring a good bow grip is key to making sure everything else falls into place behind it. Your grip should be like holding hands with a grade school crush. Keep it firm, but relaxed. When you grip it hard, or ‘white-knuckle’ it, you extremely degrade your chances at a more accurate shot. If you can’t seem to find the perfect loose grip, you can always do an open bow hand, as long as you accompany it with a wrist sling. The sling will prevent the bow from falling, so you can more focus on your aim and accuracy, instead of your grip.
Next, you are going to want to focus on your draw. This step comes into play before you even take the bow out. The draw is something you want to have control of before you leave the store. While most bows are adjustable now, make sure you get one you are comfortable with. Do not strain too much to pull it back. If it’s too heavy and your muscles are tightening and straining to draw your bow, not only will this kill your accuracy, but it can be very unsafe, as well. When drawing back, pull from your target. All too often in movies, you see someone draw while pointing down, then raise themselves to shoot. This is a very common mistake that you can easily avoid. Once you have a target, everything should be done at that target: your aim, your draw, and your follow through.
After this, you want to make sure you follow through with your shot. Your aim and sight should be on that target until your arrow makes contact. Doing this with every shot will ensure you don’t waver from your target at the last second. Remember that when you release your arrow, it travels down the length of your arm and off of the bow. If you find yourself immediately dropping your stance after letting go of the arrow, you are probably affecting its path and this is a very common reason for shooting too low or too high. Follow through is one of the most overlooked steps, but can be the life or death of your shot.
Finally, make sure you have good equipment! A high calibre bow, like the bows available from GetRecurveBow.com, will help ensure your results are consistent and accurate. A good quality bow should give you essentially the same performance each and every shot so you can eliminate equipment performance from your list of concerns and focus on making a good shot!
Using these tips and finding a good balance between you and your bow will always ensure better accuracy and in turn lead to better behaviors and habits when shooting. Whether it’s a 28 m moving bird or an elk, you have to master yourself before you can master the bow. Continue to practice and hone your technique and you’ll be better with every shot.
When you think of the Medieval era and characters like Robin Hood, you could almost assume that archery has played a large role in competitive sports for centuries, especially the Olympics. Truth is, however, that the history of archery and the Olympics has been rocky, at best, until the 1970’s. Archery only appeared in four of the six Olympic games in the first two decades of the 20th century before disappearing completely for 52 years. It finally returned in 1972, and has been a staple ever since. Throughout the years, there have been a number of names that stand out. Here are some of the best:
Yun Mi-jin – Medal Count: 3
Yun Mi-jin, of South Korea, was born in 1983. She competed and won gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. In 2000, she took the gold in the individual competition and the team competition. Yun also set the record and in 2000 (which she matched in 2004) for women’s 18-arrow match, at 173 out of 180.
Ki Bo-bae – Medal Count: 4
Ki Bo-bae, of South Korea, was born in 1988. She competed and won gold medals in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. In addition, Ki took home the bronze medal for individual competition in 2016. Her 2012 gold was won in a shootout with Mexican hopeful, Aída Román. Both archers scored the same, but Bo-bae’s arrow was closer to the target.
Park Sung-hyun – Medal Count: 4
Park Sung-hyun, of South Korea, was born in 1983. She competed and won gold medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. In 2008, her gold medal in the team competition was complimented by an additional silver medal in the individual competition. She holds the world record for women in a FITA (International Archery Federation) round with 1405 points. She previously held the world record for a 70m 72-arrow round, set during her gold medal match at the 2004 Olympics.
Kim Soo-nyung – Medal Count: 6
Kim Soo-nyung, of South Korea, was born in 1971. She competed and won gold medals in the 1988, 1992, and 2000 Olympics. In addition, she won the silver and bronze in 1992 and 2000, respectively, in the individual competition. After retiring from professional archery in 1992 to raise a family, she came back with the South Korean team in 2000 to medal in both the team and individual competition. Kim was declared Female Archer of the Twentieth Century in 2011 by FITA.
Hubert Van Innis – Medal Count: 9
Hubert Van Innis, of Belgium, was born in 1866. He competed and won gold medals in the 1900 and 1920 Olympics. He is often thought of as the greatest Olympic archer of all time. He was 34 years old at the 1900 Olympic Games, which were very different when it comes to modern archery. He continued archery his whole life, even winning the 1933 World Championships at the age of 67. In addition to his six gold medals, Hubert also took home three silver medals, one in 1900 and two in 1920.
Whether you’re Olympic gold medalist, Oh Jin Hyek, or you’re just shooting a cardboard target in your backyard, every archer can benefit from some helpful tips. Improving your archery game can be simple if you incorporate the discipline and time it takes to be the best archer you can be.
Using the correct muscle, correctly. If you have occasionally struggled with too much tension in your draw or even a bit of a wobble in your aim, it could be because you’re using the wrong muscle to draw your bow. Your deltoid, the triangular-shaped muscle at the top of your shoulder, should be playing a key role in how you hold your bow arm. Many archers, however, think it should be playing the starring role, when in reality, it’s a supportive character. Too much tension on this muscle will almost guarantee a bad shot. Instead, try keeping your arm straight and allowing the natural support your bone structure creates for you in your shoulder to take the resistance. This will allow for your deltoid to support your arm, while still being relaxed enough for a smooth shot.
Posture and stance. Like golf and baseball, your stance and follow-through are the most important pieces of your form, and typically what makes the difference between good and great. First, you want to make sure you’re comfortable. Nothing will continue to kill your shot like spending half of your thought process on counting down to when you get to stand normal again. The best way to do this is by holding your bow and drawing. When drawn, move around a bit, almost like you’re doing a waltz with your bow. Find a footing that’s comfortable. When you do, look down and observe the angle of the bow in relation to your feet. Make sure you feel even distributed across your body and plant your feet firm into the ground, using the balls and middle of your feet.
Don’t beat yourself up! It is common knowledge that we are our own worst critic. No one knows your flaws like you. Keeping a positive attitude and being able to congratulate yourself on a good shot are vital. Sometimes you have bad days or bad starts, but your mind and body will feed off the negativity you put out there, criticizing yourself over every shot. Just remember, everyone has bad shots and everyone has bad days. Try taking a deep breath after a bad shot and shake it off. Recognize what your error may have been and try to improve on it the next shot. Even more important, give yourself praise for a good shot. Reinforce your good form and make sure you’re feeling of pride at least equals, if not outweighs, your criticisms.
Practicing only makes perfect if you’re practicing the correct way. Follow these tips and have fun with it and you’ll discover your own perfect soon enough. Remember to be comfortable, relax, breathe, and have fun.