Sports — we all love them. They not only create community, but they also teach us valuable skills from a young age. Archery is no exception. Here are 5 skills that archery teaches aside from just how to shoot a bow and arrow.
- Few sports stress the importance of following strict safety protocol. It’s easy for our brains to click off for a second, but archery teaches us to be vigilant from the minute we step on the range until the minute we leave. It trains us to be vigilant of our surroundings no matter where we are.
- Meditation and focus. When you shoot a bow you must focus on one thing at a time. All of the steps leading up to a shot are essential, and the more focus you put into each one the better your shot is going to be. Archery trains us to slow down, focus, and connect with our breath in order score big.
- Archery isn’t simple. It takes thousands of shots to become a consistent, precise archer. That’s why it teaches dedication and determination, a valuable skill that transitions into many other important tasks.
- Goal Setting. Archery requires you to set goals that are easy to measure. If you shoot a 25 one round, for example, it’s easy to aim for a higher score on the next. Archery, more than most sports, emphasizes the importance of both short term and long term goals.
Feedback. The archery community is very large and very supportive. Unless you’re an Olympian, you’re always going to meet people who are shooting higher scores than you and people that are willing to give you pointers. Archery teaches us how to receive, process, and apply feedback
These skills are why more and more kids are being introduced to archery every single year. The archery range is a classroom for life; a classroom that sets you up for success. Make the Range your Classroom.
See a range of beginners equipment at www.redfrogarchery.com
It has not been an easy time to train, but the members of the Red Frog Archery Team took advantage of the easing of lock-down and spent 5 days, in poor weather conditions, to practice. Starting at short distance and working their way back they have now established their site marks out to 70m. Using a balance board to correct stance and spending time using timers and shooting head 2 head has honed their skills in preparation for going back to competition.
All team members have already won several competitions each and their commitment to archery is a credit to their determination and dedication. We wish them all the luck in the next competition season and I am sure their new mascot will help along the way.
Glad to see the Scottish government are relaxing lock down at last. As a result we will be reopening our physical shop near Dalry North Ayrshire on June 29th. However we will not be completely back to normal and will have certain restrictions as detailed below. You can now book an appointment here electronically. We have plenty of easy off road parking and easy ramp access.
There are some guidelines you will be required to conform to because of COVID-19 regulations applicable to our premises.
- If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to your visit, please cancel your appointment even at short notice. Symptoms include a new cough, temperature, loss of taste or smell
- If during you visit you display any symptoms of COVID-19 you will be asked to leave the premises
- There will be no toilet facilities available
- Maximum of two people from the same household may enter the shop at any time
- Nobody under the age of 16 will be admitted
- A temporary counter has been set up so that access to the display area is limited, an assistant will bring items of interest to the counter.
- Before entering you will be asked to clean your hands with the sanitiser provided
- Bring a face covering to wear during your visit
- Do not touch any products unless invited to do so. (All products, handled will be sanitised after your visit.)
- While we can perform limited services like measure your draw length, we cannot allow testing of various bows as this would increase the likelihood of transmission should the virus be present. Nor can we provide any training.
- Always maintain a 2 meter distance from shop staff
Lock down has been difficult for archers. With clubs being closed and only now just starting to open we have noticed a huge surge in both targets for the garden and paper target faces. To meet this demand we have heavily increased our stock of both.
However if you have set up a range in your back garden you should consider the following. Do you really have enough space and how safe can you be.
1. Remember that your Archery GB insurance will NOT cover you shooting anywhere other than an approved range.
2. What is behind your target? Its all very well having a garage wall or a back stop net but what if you have a misfire? Where is the arrow likely to end up.
3. Is the target you have suitable for the bow you are using, does it have enough stopping power
It is also worth bearing in mind that to extend the life of your target you should avoid shooting at the center all the time otherwise your will end up with a hole in the middle and a pristine surround. To help we have a range of different types and sizes of target face from Vegas to Danage and FITA
We also stock a range of portable, foam and straw targets from Delta McKenzie, Eleven and Egertec
We have been offering various shooting glasses for some time. While they are good for rifle shooting, their design is not perfect for archery, as the nose bridge often blocks the view of the point of aim. We spent time working with one of the UK’s premier shooting glasses manufacturer to design glasses specifically for archery. The result is called Paradox.
The Evolution Paradox is designed specifically for archery enthusiasts. In common with other dedicated archery eye wear, Paradox has no nose piece to interfere with vision at the point of aim. It is extremely light weight at just 28gm and has a quick lens changeover to cope with varying light conditions. The wrap style design prevents any reflections and protects the eye from airborne dirt and grit in windy conditions. The legs are flexible to cope with most youth and adult head sizes.
The lenses are shatter proof, polycarbonate and have UVA and UVB protection and are RX rated, meaning the lens has zero distortion.
But by far the most surprising feature is the price. A full set, including 3 lenses, interchangeable legs, and zipper case is just £39.95 while individual pairs of glasses are just £19.95
Paradox is available in 3 individual colours and a 3-Lens Interchangeable model. The archery-specific colour options are:
• Blue lens for indoor and outdoor use and designed to highlight the gold bull
• Brown Category 3 lens adding contrast for outdoor use in bright sun
• Light Green-Yellow lens for indoor archery under artificial light or outdoor with low or poor light conditions
Paradox can be purchased as individual units with specific tinted lens or as a 3 interchangeable lens set with a hard zipper storage case and micro-fiber cleaning cloth and draw string bag.
You can purchase Paradox glasses here
We now stock the new range of Legend quivers, belt pouches and back packs. NUSensei video product review is great as he really gives it a full run down and field test watch it here
You can purchase this on our website
The Gehmann sight pin is unique in the way it addresses the problem of target picture. Unlike most other pins, some of which offer interchangeable grommets to change the housing diameter, this one has an adjustable aperture just like an old SLR camera. The iris can be adjusted, in seconds, from 0.5-12mm by simply rotating the outer collar. In this way the same target picture can be achieved on different target sizes and at different distances. Another advantage, which the manufactures seems to have omitted, is that because there is not a clear optic it is unaffected by reflections in sunny weather and water droplets in wet conditions.
Have a look at our video review
The Gehmann sight pin comes with either an 8/32 thread for recurve or a 10/32 for compound and simply screws into your existing sight mount head
- 22 indexed points are marked from 0.5 – 12.0mm
- Iris leaves with special surface coating eliminate oxidation and preserve the mat black anti-glare finish
- Archers can focus on the same colour rings at different distances with an identical target picture for all
- Bow hunters can determine distance to the quarry by noting the iris aperture for a given game silhouette
- Available in two stainless steel threads: 8/32 for Recurve and 10/32 for compound
The Gehmann can be purchased from our website on this link