There are many factors that you need to consider to improve your pinpoint accuracy with a bow. If you are doing any of these things the wrong way, they can have huge implications on the aim of your shots. 

That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips on how to work on your bow accuracy the next time you’re at the range.

Change Up Your Positioning

If you have self-trained yourself on using a bow, you’re likely doing a few things wrong. One of the biggest problems most newcomers struggle with is their shooting stance. 

They use a stance that has them aiming their body 90° away from their target. While it’s not entirely wrong to stand that way, using a 45° stance will be better for aiming since the bowstring will be less likely to hit you on the way by.

The position and grip of your hand on the bow make a significant difference as well. If you hold it too tight, it will stop the bow from moving in the way it needs to in order to stay on target. 

Of course, grabbing it too loosely can result in you dropping it, so you’ll need to find a happy medium.

Find a Consistent Anchor Point

If you don’t know what an anchor point is, then this is probably your biggest deterrent to being accurate. In the same way, a bullet flies straight through the barrel of a gun, your arrow needs to take as direct of a path as possible. It can’t do that if it’s starting in a different position after every shot.

That’s why you need to line your pull string finger up with the exact same spot of your face before every shot. You can use your nose, the corner of your lip, or any other part of your face, as long as it’s in front of your dominant eye. 

Work on a Cleaner Release

Another common issue that archers run into is clumsily releasing the bowstring. This messes up the arrow’s trajectory. 

We know that you pull off clean releases every so often, but this is something that has to be consistent if you want good results. If you’re going to do a finger release, your only option is to practice and get better at letting go.

However, if you’re ok with trying out something new, you can buy a bow release. This is something that holds on to the bowstring for you and releases cleanly when you activate it. It is hands down the best way to increase your consistency.

Realign Your Sights

At the end of the day, you could be following all of our tips on how to work on your bow accuracy to the letter and still miss shots you shouldn’t have. If that’s the case, you might need to realign the sight on your bow. 

The best way to determine this is to take notice of your grouping. If your shots are grouped together well, just not on target, then this is likely your issue. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make sure you get the best alignment possible, so be sure to look into what you should do when sighting in your bow. 


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