Recently, rap artist Macklemore announced his new tour using a bow and arrow – and a challenge.
Macklemore released a video in which he proclaimed that he’d go on tour if he could hit an archery target with his bow and arrow.
In the video, he takes a recurve bow into his yard and secures a paper target to a tree, which he says is 200 yards away (more than twice the Olympic distance) but is more like 10 yards. He takes a shot and is comically unsuccessful (Don’t worry fans, he is still doing the tour!).
Why wasn’t Macklemore able to hit the target? Let’s break down the archery mishaps in this video.
The Bow is Upside Down
All you need is a little knowledge or bow anatomy to avoid making this mistake.
The recurve’s grip is located at the center of the bow. You hold this part of the bow with your non-dominant hand.
The arrow sits on a part of the bow called the shelf. It’s a 90-degree cut into the bow; if you’re right-handed, the shelf is on the left side of the bow. Macklemore doesn’t use the arrow shelf to hold his arrow and instead, he holds it with his fingers. This produces less-than-desirable results while shooting.
Three Fingers Should Hold the String
Thumbs aren’t needed in archery – just your index, middle and ring fingers. When shooting, you place the string at the first joint of those three fingers. You can position your index finger above the arrow and the other two fingers below, or place all three fingers below the arrow. Either technique is acceptable and accurate.
An Anchor Point Helps with Accuracy
In the video, did you notice how the string doesn’t come all the way back to Macklemore’s face? Archery is all about consistency; one method to ensure consistency is the use of an anchor point, which is a reference point on your face. Many archers find their anchor point by placing their index finger at the corner of their mouth.
Don’t Shoot Trees
Macklemore staples a paper target to a tree in his video. Here’s the thing: You can climb a tree, hunt from a tree or even build a bow from a tree. However, trees make terrible targets. You’ll damage both your arrow and the tree. A foam archery target will stop your arrows without causing damage – not to mention, Mother Nature will thank you.
To avoid these mistakes, Macklemore could have stopped into an archery store to purchase his bow and get a quick archery lesson. Luckily, thanks to these tips, you won’t make the same errors. With an introductory lesson and plenty of practice, you’ll be on your way to successful shooting in no time.