One of the main reasons people shoot is because it is just plain fun and there is a certain adrenaline rush that you get from making the perfect shot. If however you are planning to dip your feet into the competitive pool, you need to practice more and it needs to be GOOD quality practice not just the quantity of arrows.
“Practice doesn’t make perfect, PERFECT practice makes perfect”. Kathy Millar, my coach
Working on your form even at a short distance of 5-10 meters is better than no practice at all. During the summer, it is easy to find a place to shoot if you have space in your yard, however during the winter, it can be difficult since you may need to travel to shoot at an indoor range.
You may want to try and find some place inside your house, garage or basement where you can set up a target butt to shoot. Find an unobstructed area you can shoot in and measure the longest SAFEST distance. I am able to practice shooting 18 meters by shooting through the house, through the garage door and onto the back wall of the garage. Next securely setup a target butt at a good height and attach a target face. For an easy and inexpensive way to create an archery backstop check out my Build an Inexpensive Indoor Target page. Lastly be sure to setup your safety rules when shooting, close doors or put up a temporary barrier to remind people not to walk-through. Make up a call phase for everyone such as “Hold the arrow!” to warn the archer to stop and make sure all is clear.
It is easy to practice, the hard part is getting started. I encourage all young archers to practice regularly if you want to get better.
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Very nice article. I remember hearing an old saying: “If you forget Archery for one day; Archery will forget you for 10 days.” I shoot from my living room, through my garge door, into a target set up in the back of my garage. It only gives me around 18 yards, but it works.