Even as beginners we know what it feels like to shoot a good shot. They stand out and you begin to know they are right. The next trick is to make all the shots feel that way, to make them all feel right, to make your shooting consistent. But how?
One good method is to build yourself a shooting sequence, something you can repeat shot after shot. Numbers can help here. Number each part of the preparation in a logical sequence that you can follow every time. For example:
1 Place your feet on the shooting line, making sure your weight is even and your hips are over your ankles and your shoulders are over your hips.
2 Nock the arrow onto the string.
3 Place your bow hand into the grip, making sure you are behind the bow and your hand is not torqued to the left or the right.
4 Place your fingers on the string, making sure it is in the first crease and not balanced precariously on the pads.
5 Stand tall and straight, feeling and checking that your bow hand and string fingers are correct and your shoulders are low and relaxed.
6 Raise the bow to the target, turning your head and checking you are in line with the target. Feel READY.
7 Draw, anchor and release.
8 Follow through – be a poser and analyse how the shot felt.
This is a very simple check list that you can build on and add to as you learn more about your particular shooting. It will help to make the preparation more consistent and you will feel confident that you have built the shot correctly.