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[STEP FOUR]

Drawing the Bow

Step One: Putting on the Release
Step Two: Nocking the Arrow
Step Three: Holding the Bow
Step Four: Drawing the Bow
Step Five: Aiming the Bow
Step Six: Firing the Bow

Now that you're in position, you're ready for one of the most important parts of the process, drawing the string back.

Begin by clipping the release onto the string loop, directly behind the arrow.

Drawing the bow is, essentially, just pulling the string back. But knowing some basic principles of good draw form will help the consistency of your shots as well as minimize fatigue on the body.

Holding the bow in your non-dominant hand, begin to pull back on the string. The bulk of the power should come from the muscles in your back. Think about trying to pull, in one smooth motion, by squeezing your shoulder blades together.

Additionally, make sure the bow grip is centered in your hand, with the force of the weight running straight back through your arm. Even a minimal amount of twisting can make the draw more difficult, and extreme twisting can cause injury.

Once the bow is drawn, you will feel the amount of pressure it takes to hold it decrease. This is one of the major benefits of compound archery; at full draw, it only takes 15% - %25 of the total draw weight to hold the string back.

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You'll find that the nock naturally settles somewhere on your face. This is called your anchor point. Some archers prefer a high anchor point. As you can see from the photo, I prefer a low anchor point. As long as you are consistent, it doesn't matter much.

This video, courtesy of Harold Hall and hosted on Expert Village, discusses the importance of a consistent anchor point and steady grip.

Once you know how to draw the bow, go ahead to Step Five: Aiming the Bow.