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any advice on head position

Discussion in 'Archery' started by richardscar, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. richardscar

    richardscar Donator

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    First of all , is this sub forum new , it's the first time I have noticed it ?
    I have a couple of cheap bows , just for fun, but what I have noticed is if I sight up using the pin sight how can I ensure that my head is in the same place every time as I have noticed if I nod my head whilst looking down the "sights" the elevation of the target will change quite dramatically ! any advice anyone. ?
     
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    gasman How do they know I've got Gas?

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    I like mine on top of me shoulders :rolleyes:
     
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    I like mine inbetween a lovely pair
     
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    you would get more joy by going on an archery forum. the thing is even if its just for fun you need to have the bow and arrows size set up to your arm draw length.
     
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    I shoot a recurve and was taught "to ensure your head is always right, the string should touch and line up your nose and chin" at the same time/pressure before you loose your arrow. This will ensure your head is in the right place every time.
     
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    First off to say that I shooting all year round and around 1month / year full-time. I am schooled in English and French styles of shooting (and so often caught in the middle!). FYI I am not a coach but assist and interpret as appropriate in England / France. Perhaps a coaching qualification is just a matter of time.

    Positioning the head is critical and you should try any / all of the below suggestions and find what works for you. Implementing changes to improve your technique tend to make your results worse in the short term and need to bed in and relax into them. Finding someone who can be (nicely) critical and work as an external observer is important - you aren't always aware of what you are doing!!

    I acknowledge there is much more here than how to position the head, but there's no point getting that right, with your feet all over the place.

    It is critical to get the starting position right for your feet first: shoulder width apart astride the shooting line. Your right foot (if R-handed) can / should be just a little forward of a straight line to the boss.
    Use a finger sling so that the bow hand does not grip the bow riser
    Straighten the torso
    Imagine the head is as if the very top of your head was attached to the ceiling / sky by a thread.
    I tend to look 180 degrees away from the boss then back to 90 degrees; not critical, but constancy in whatever you do is critical.
    Tuck in the diaphragm and make a small bow at the waist.
    Tension the bow and raise to the target
    Knuckles on riser-hand at 45 degrees, relaxed fingers
    Eye on gold - raise the sight to 'float' around the right position.
    Pulling thestring to the nose-end; thumb tucked under the jaw; forefinger may touch the front of jaw (but not important so long as the 'reference' position is consistent.
    The string should not be held long at the point of stress, but the line of the draw should be in-line with the upright of the riser.
    Float the sight to the target
    Loose the arrow
    The release is critical too. Briefly, the bow hand should stay in position until after the arrow has left (a count of 2 is often used). The English prefer a looser, more natural release, sometimes just a straightening of fingers at the reference position or relaxed, towards the shoulder.
    The French make more of a throat-slitting move, to touch the shoulder.

    I'm sure that there's probably an online GNAS manual or something if you look around.
     
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    I cant get my head around it:confused:
     
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    You want to get in line with it, not around it. Once you are lined up nice and straight, you can loose your stuff straight into the sweet-spot:eek:
     
  9. richardscar

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    Thanks for taking the time Mildot , will try some of that out .
    atvb, Rich.
     
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    Welcome...no problem. Let us know how you go.
     

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