Each student should straddle the shoot-ing line with one foot on either side. If the archer is right-handed, the left foot should be over the shooting line toward the target line. To establish correct foot placement, first bring both feet together BEHIND the shooting line, toes and heels even and touching. Then slide the foot closest to the target (front foot) back a half step so the toes are even with the mid-point (instep) of the back foot.
While maintaining this half-step placement, slide the front foot toward the target so the feet are shoulder-width apart. Then turn (open) the front foot toes toward the target. Imagine the shooter is facing a 12 o’clock position. The toes of the back foot should be pointed to 12 o’clock, parallel to the shooting line. The toes of the front foot should be pointing toward 10 o’clock for a right-handed shooter and 2 o’clock for a left-handed shooter. Stand vertical with your head up and knees firm with slight pressure on the inside of both knees and feet.
With your bow (String Bow° during this lesson) in your bow hand, use your draw hand to remove an arrow (in this case an imaginary arrow because the String Bow® is being used) from the floor quiver by grasping the arrow, thumb down, below the vanes. As the arrow is removed and carried from the quiver, the arrow should be kept pointed downrange towards the target at all times.
Keep your bow as vertical as possible and carry the arrow up and over the top of the bow. With the different colored “index fletch or vane” pointed toward you, snap (audible click) the arrow’s nock under or between the nock locator(s). The arrow shaft should be placed on the arrow rest.
Draw Hand Placement
Bow Hand Placement
After you have reached your anchor and begun your aiming alignment, while keeping the bow-arm muscles active, slowly start moving your draw-side shoulder blade towards the active, but stationary, bow-side shoulder blade. Initiate release anytime during the drawing-side shoulder blade movement. This is done exactly the same for the String Bow® and the real bow.
The release is a combination of re-laying your fingers and the back of your hand in a single instant. All your arm and back muscles remain active during this process. This is done exactly the same for the String Bow® and the real bow.
Follow Through & Reflect
Upon release, your drawing hand will move rearward, along (painting) your face, and under your ear with your fingers relaxed, and end up with your thumb touching (or near) your drawing shoulder. The shoulder should hinge so your elbow can move/relax down. The bow arm moves a bit forward then slightly both left (right for left-handed shooter) and down. After follow-through, reflect upon the position of your drawing and bow hand to see that they are in the proper ending positions as a result of hav-ing kept your muscles active throughout the shot sequence. This is done exactly the same for the String Bow® and the real bow.