James Park

Flex in Free Flight

An arrow’s stiffness and mass distribution will affect how it flexes

James Park begins a series of articles analysing the flex of an arrow in free flight During the power stroke of a bow the arrow is subjected to very severe forces – the acceleration is around 1000g. Consequently, it is

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The Thinking Side of Archery

If you know a particular error sends your arrows off in a particular place, you’re more likely to be able to correct yourself

James Park distils the essential rules for understanding why you lose points, and some additions that should go into your personal rulebook  The thinking side of archery is properly the domain of the psychologist, not the engineer. Nevertheless, it is

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Shift Your Sights

You can find the centre of your group after every six arrows, but this strategy might mean you lose points on all six of  those shots

James Park explains how to ensure your sights are set for maximum scoring potential In an earlier feature for Bow International I showed the results of some research I conducted on archers’ arrow groups at the World Cup Stage 1, and

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Sight Settings

The study of target faces from Shanghai and Antalya found compound archers gave away fewer points from a mis-set sight than recurve archers

How accurate are yours? James Park looks into an important aspect of bow setup Some readers might be aware that I have had a long-term interest in accurate sight settings. Back in the late 1970s I worked out the mathematics

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Draws and Drawbacks

Keeping the draw hand close to the face helps keep it in line with the line of force through the bow

James Park revisits the role of biomechanics in good form: this time, the draw I have previously noted that the principles of good biomechanics are quite simple. We want to use our bodies in the most effective manner to enable high scores and

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Optimise and Minimise

Good front shoulder position will help spread the load of the draw weight through the skeletal structure

Top coach James Park reveals what you need to think about in order to both optimise your performance and minimise chances of injury In any sporting activity we need to use our body in the best way to optimise our

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Keeping a low profile

Stabilisers

James Park looks at how stabilisers with blade-type profiles came about, and how they differ to circular rods

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