Having proper form during archery is essential for consistent shooting; you could say that the backbone of archery is having correct shooting posture. Correct form will help your body work efficiently with your bow, which will affect your accuracy and consistency.

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Is Stance Important in Archery?

As mentioned above, posture is incredibly important throughout archery. Having the correct form will help you to increase your archery abilities, including consistency and aim.

Archery stance is crucial as it will also help you get the rotation and alignment needed; without this, you will naturally struggle to create the power needed.

Can Archery Improve Your Posture?

As well as aiding your archery skills, practising the correct form can also help to improve general posture, although, it’s worth noting that archery won’t miraculously fix bad posture.

Archery puts strain on the muscle groups in your upper body, such as the levator scapulae, trapezius, rhomboids and others. With consistent attention to your form, archery can support the development of these muscles.

How Do I Improve my Archery Stance?

As mentioned before, good form is the foundation of every shot taken. Your stance should provide you with stability and consistency.

Most people will only focus on their feet when correcting their form, and although this is an important factor, an archery stance also encompasses your:

  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Hips
  • Head
  • Knees

Archery Stance Basics:

  • Maintain a straight back - This is the foundation of archery. The back should remain straight without any bending.
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Evenly distribute your weight between your feet.
  • Relax your legs – Your knees should not be locked or too bent unless the nature of the shot requires crouching.
  • Don't lean forward or backwards – Don't let the bow lean forward and don't lean backwards to compensate for the weight of the bow.
  • Elbow rotation – Ensure that your elbow is turned up when drawing and releasing your arrow. This will prevent the inside of the elbow from protruding and being bruised by the string.

Foot Positions

There are many different foot positions that can be used throughout archery; these can differ depending on the archer.

The recommended foot position for beginners is the square stance. This is where your feet are shoulder width apart and your feet are mostly parallel with your toes ever so slightly pointing outward.

Each foot position will still require the shoulder that is opposite to the archer's dominant hand to point toward the target.

Four popular foot positions include:

  • Square stance
  • Open stance
  • Natural stance
  • Closed stance

To find the best foot position for you, you'll need to work through trial and error. Everyone is different, so you may find some more comfortable than others. Whatever foot position is the most comfortable for you will be the best, this will naturally develop over time.

The most important thing is to avoid incorrect stances, such as where your feet are too wide, open or closed to the target.

For more information and advice about archery, you can browse through our blog or contact a member of our team. You can also find a great selection of archery equipment here at Surplus Store!