The 9 Steps to the 10 Ring

The 9 Steps to the 10 Ring
Revised in 2007 incorporating the B.E.S.T. method from the Olympic Training Center.
The site can provide updated training information and resources for NAA certified instructors and coaches. Basic instructions below are for right handed archers (reverse if left handed)
Steps are demonstrated using recurve equipment with a sight, and basic safety equipment: sling, finger tab and arm guard. This video demonstration is very advanced, and is an excellent example of the B.E.S.T. method. The “basic steps” of how to shoot are as follows.

Stance1.Stance & Posture:Right handed archers hold the bow with the left hand, so with your left side toward the target, stand at a right angle to the target, with the tips of your toes against an imaginary line pointing at the center of the target. Your feet should be shoulder’s width apart, straddling the shooting line. Stand straight & tall, balanced, with ribs down, shoulders down and relaxed.Shoulders square to the target
Try and relax.
Set Fingers2. Nock (Finger & Hand placement) Nock arrow UNDER the nocking point on the string. Listen for the sound of a “snap” as arrow connects to the string. Index feather (odd color fletching) AWAY from the bow.
Stance3.Hook String and place bowhand: Place your fingers in such a way, that you “hook” the string with your index finger above the nock, and middle and ring finger under the nock
Do not use little finger.
Hook the string at the first groove. Make sure to maintain a deep hook.(Shown without finger tab for better illustration)
StanceSet your bowhand on the grip on the inside of your life line, on the meaty part of your thumb. Thumb points toward target.
Relax your fingers. The back of your hand should make an angle of 45 degrees. The tips of thumb and index finger may touch each other in a relaxed way.
Stance4.Set up(Extending the bow arm)Bring the bow arm to shoulder height keep shoulders DOWN
The elbow of the bow arm is turned away from the string
Stance5.Drawing the bowDraw the string along the bowarm in a straight horizontal line to the anchor point on your face.
Draw with your back muscles, moving the shoulder blades towards each other.
Stand straight up and relaxed Keep both shoulders as low as possible.
Stance6.AnchoringIf using a sight, the string should touch the chin and the nose.
The index finger is curled under the jaw bone, the thumb is NOT used as a reference anchor point.
Keep your teeth together. (no gum, remove hats as well)
Bow hand, draw hand and Elbow should form a straight line.
Keep both shoulders as low as possible At full draw, transfer the weight of the bow from your arms to your back.
Stance7.AimAim at full draw, by settling the sight ring onto the target. Maintain the connection of drawing hand to the face.
You should see the string line up on the top bow limb exactly at the same place each time and appear a little right of the sight ring.If you are cross dominant- (right handed, left eye dominant or vice-versa) you must shut the other eye.
Keep the sight at the target
“String picture” : the string lines up on the top bow limb and sight EXACTLY at the same place each time.
Stance8.Release,Keep pulling the shoulder blades towards each other, while relaxing the fingers of the draw hand
9.Follow ThroughYour relaxed bow hand will let the bow drop.
You will feel your sling tug gently against your hand, letting you know the sling is catching the bow.
Do not move until you see or hear the arrow hit target (“RELEASE 2.3.4”) for best accuracy

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