Archery Study Guide
Know and be able to explain the three aspects of the stance that we talked about in class.
Know the point values for each spot on the target. 11, 9, 7, 5, 3
The anchor point is the spot on the chin, lips, or nose to which the string is drawn and held
before the release.
A serious fault in fundamental skill is to permit the string to slide forward from the anchor just
before releasing. This is called fatigue.
The feathers or other materials attached to the shaft of the arrow to guide it are the nock or
The method of aiming in which the archer estimates the arrow flight without a mechanical
device of previously marked spot is called Point-of-Aim.
The container used by an archer to hold the arrows which are not being shot is a quiver.
The weight of the bow is determined by its pounds of pull.
An undesirable and sudden motion of the bow arm at release is known as creeping.
The middle three fingers of the right hand are placed on the string for the conventional grip.
The string is placed into the fingers in the first joints. When drawing the bow correctly an
archer should feel the shoulder blades moving toward each other. The string arm should be on
the same plane as the arrow. When following through in archery you should hold the release
position. The anchor point refers to the string-hand-face relationship. The knocking point is
established by placing the arrow at a 90 degree angle to the string. A feather burn on the hand
is caused by knowing the arrow too low.
An arrow that lands on a line between two colors is scored for the higher value. It is bad
practice in testing a bow to draw it fully and snap the string without an arrow in it. The key
elements in releasing an arrow are relaxation and concentration. And of course safety
precautions mandate all archery activity.