Improve Bow Control – Introduction
How do I improve bow control? This is one of the most common questions that archers ask, and for good reason. If you don’t have decent control of the bow you’re shooting, it can make correct technique difficult, or impossible. There are a few key things to look at when it comes to increasing your archery specific strength and this is the same whether you want to improve technique, increase draw weight or just improve your endurance during competition.
In the video below, I answer a few questions from OAA followers, and the bow control section starts at 00:31. You can watch the full video below, and there’s also a written summary if you scroll down past the video.
How To Improve Bow Control – Video Overview
Improve Bow Control – Gym/Exercise
As with all sports, a good general base of strength and conditioning is hugely beneficial. There are some great exercises that I’ve put on this site (you can find them in the Recurve Archery Exercises section) which can really help build up a solid foundation. It’s always recommended to start slow and begin with basic things such as fundamental core exercises (front plank, side plank…etc) before moving on to free-weights or large compound exercises. This is especially true for younger archers.
Core exercises are extremely important, and for a simple reason; keeping a stable body and posture through the whole recurve shot is essential.