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6 Ways to improve your shoulder strength for archery

Crystal Gauvin talks us through some easy and effective ways to improve your shoulder strength and endurance so you can build up your draw weight

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Q: I’ve found that since moving indoors my release has deteriorated. I used to be able to execute a clean, unanticipated shot but now I’m hanging up and holding on too long. I don’t want to get into the habit of

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Q: How do you hold strong in the wind? I don’t usually struggle too much in calm weather, but when the wind picks up I can’t hold centrally and struggle to get the shot off cleanly. Should I just add more

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Q: I am aware that the dot will move around as I aim, but each time it steadies somewhat, it then takes a dip down into the red. What is causing this to happen? A: Fortunately, this situation can be

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Q: How important is breathing when it comes to shot execution?   A: Breathing is very important before, and during, the shot process as logically, it is a factor in attaining a satisfactory aim, and a fluent execution. While most coaches

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Q: I want to replace my compound string set, but how do I get the cams back in the correct position? A: When I put on a new set of Winners Choice Custom strings I simply use sellotape to find a perfect

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Q: Given that archery is such an individual sport a lot of the time, how important is a coach in reaching the higher levels? A: There have been a number of international competitors who have been self-educated, drawing information from other archers,

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Q: I shoot compound but tend to pull the string hard up against my nose. I have read and heard that this can interfere with the arrow flight on release – is this habit really that bad for my shooting?   

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Q: I’m struggling to use a finger tab – every time I shoot with one my arrows go everywhere but the target. Any advice on what to use or what to do?   A: This question is a little complicated to answer

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