2 Factors to Focus on When Using Your Archery Bow
Your form has to be spot on when you are shooting an archery bow. If you do not hone in your skills before you hit the field, then there is a good chance that your arrows might go astray. There are ways that you can prevent this from occurring. In my time using a compound (I started with a recurve bow), there have always been two repeat offenders that affect form. The most common issue is stance, and it is closely followed by shooters that are trying to pull too heavy of a draw weight. They both effect you because of the way that they force you to hold the bow.
There are two simple indicators that I have used throughout the years. The first is a simple look-and-see test. If I can look-and-see that you are shaking or struggling when you are trying to get to full draw, then I know that you are using an that is too heavy. You should not be struggling to pull the bow back or hold it at full draw. I have a few hunting friends of mine that suggest that you should be able to hold the bow at full draw for upwards of 30 seconds, which I tend to agree with. There will most likely not be a reason for you to hold the bow at full draw for too long, but if you can hold it here, then you can be certain that you can handle the draw weight.
When the name of the game is accuracy you have to make sure that you are doing everything that you can to set yourself up for success. Not doing so, will just prove to be a waste of your time. This is the reason that your stance has to be spot on. When you are getting your archery bow to the fully drawn position, you should make sure that the weight is evenly distributed between your feet. When I first started out, I would notice that I would habitually put most of the weight on my back foot when I had by bow back at full draw and it never struck me, that this might be the reason that I was shooting high, but low and behold that was the precise reason. All it took was a simple fix, and my accuracy got substantially better.
You need to make sure that your form is consistent and repeatable. If it is not then you will second guess yourself every time that you take a shot with your archery bow. You have to think about it in a very simple way. Avoid all unnecessary distractions, so that you can focus on the particular shot that you are taking. The shots that you are taking are never going to be the same. Why would you further complicate things, by getting something that is too heavy, or by not having consistent form? Focus on refining these two simple aspects and you should have a successful bow hunting season.