Jon, Rianna and I travelled to Welwyn Garden City for our archery sessions at the RS Archery Club. We met Steven Davies there – who runs RS Archery – and some fellow Gold Challengers – which is always great pleasure.
I used to work in the video / computer games business and it was said that one of the hallmarks of a good game is that it should be quick to enjoy but long to master.Archery certainly falls into that category. Steven had us shooting and having fun within 20 minutes. Unfortunately we weren’t hitting the target that often.
Over the following 3 hours of coaching, Steven took us through the various elements that make up a successful shot : the stance ; drawing back the bow; the release; using and correcting the sights etc. Slowly but surely we got better and by the end I’d recorded a 3 arrow total of 25 out of a maximum of 30. Probably only fair to note that we were shooting at a target 10m away whereas the Olympic distance is 70m….
To get an arrow to travel 70m – let alone hit a target at that distance – takes some doing and is well beyond the beginner’s capability. However, I got a sense of how you might do it when I tried a couple of the more experienced members’ bows. Much harder to draw back but a lot more power and the arrow hit the target (or at least quite near the target) with a satisfying “thunk”.
Many, many thanks to Steve and RS Archery for a couple of great sessions. The club is ideal for both beginners and more advanced archers and I’d encourage you all to get in touch and give archery a go. Either visit the website: http://www.rsarchery.co.uk/, or give them a tweet @RSArchery.
And please do sponsor me if you haven’t yet! I’m still working my way through all 110 Olympic and Paralympic events that can be done by a single person for five fantastic charities in NSPCC, Cancer Research UK, Oxfam, Right To Play and Scope: