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Archery | Advice for Women

August 11, 2019


Hey guys, this is NUSensei and this video is about boobs. Archery is known to be a sport that is open
to everyone. Young, old, men and women. But, many women, and some men, express a certain
problem that affects them. To demonstrate what I’m talking about, I need
boobs. The problem is that for those who are well-endowed
in the chest area is how the heck do you use a bow when your boobs are in the way? Many have discovered that getting the string
caught between your boobs can result in a very painful slap. I absolutely cannot relate to this, but I’ve
been told it really, really hurts. If this is something you’re actually worried
about, don’t feel embarrassed. This is a valid and legitimate concern that
affects new archers. But don’t worry, there are ways around this. For those of us – or you – who don’t have
a particularly large chest, this isn’t so much a problem. But for many women, you have to change the
way you draw the bow. This is especially if you are taught a particular
way or if you are trying archery for the first time and you’re really worried that your boobs
might get in the way. The technique that is generally instinctive
for most people is to draw the string back, and you actually come out wide and into your
anchor point. That’s what causes the string to come between
your boobs and get in the way and really hit you. While this is okay for most people, as a well-endowed
female, you will have to consider that this will get in the way. The technique taught to female archers, especially
in this situation, is that you don’t draw the string around your chest. Instead, what you do is draw the string into
the side of the chest. So instead of coming around and getting it in between, you have
to consider that you come in into the side, like that. This may be a little different to what you
are used to, but by doing this, by coming in and having the string on the side of your
breast, you don’t risk it catching and causing painful agony when you shoot. Again, the key is the side of the breast.
Not around the breast, but to the side of the breast. Having it press against the side doesn’t hurt
as much, if at all. There are also a few other things that can
help. Firstly, compression. Sports bras do help. I don’t have one, but they do help to flatten
your surface area when using a bow. Secondly, chest guard, where the string can
slide off without catching onto your clothing or your skin. That makes it very comfortable, plus it also
helps add more compression. You don’t need to use one of these, especially
if you are using a very small bow. The longer bows will have the string come
across your chest more. If you are using a small bow, and especially
compound bows, you can get away without using one. But, if you shoot target recurve especially,
you will generally see this as standard equipment. It’s almost inconceivable to shoot without
one. Women especially do need this for their safety. Men also use this very frequently, mostly
because you want to flatten clothing. Even a puffy shirt can get caught. And again, men with large pecs will feel the
string come across their chest and it is painful. While we are on the topic of advice for women,
there are a few general recommendations for women that I would like to give for people
trying archery for the first time at a club or range. This is based on what I’ve seen from my club
and the years I’ve seen people come in and out. If you have long hair, you might want to consider
tying it back or tying it up. You might find, especially in windy weather,
that your long hair might come across your face and get caught up in the string. In regards to clothing, most people are okay,
but some women tend to be fashionable. I’m saying this as a generalisation, but if you’re
wearing t-shirt or shirt and jeans or regular pants, that’s okay. But if you are going to an archery session
or beginner course, then do dress appropriately. I do often see women, especially older women,
wear fancy clothes like wraps or shawls or that sort of thing. Anything that is long and flowy can get caught
in the string when you shoot. Generally, try to keep your clothing compact
and tight-fitting. Avoid loose, flowy robes or gowns. Also be mindful of your footwear. Archery
is much easier if you have flat soles. It’s easier to teach correct balance and weight
distribution when you have the feeling of your feet on the ground. If you’re wearing heels, you might find it
a little hard to get the feeling of what your feet should feel like. Additionally, because a lot of archery is
outdoors, you might find wearing heels in wet muddy grass to be a little undesirable. Finally, in the big picture, don’t be intimidated
by men. While it is a male majority sport, it doesn’t make it a masculine sport. It is something that can be enjoyed by everyone,
whether you’re an outdoor person or a casual recreational sportsperson. It’s something that everyone can access and
enjoy equally. You don’t need particular physical attributes. You can enjoy it – men, women, young, old
– it’s for everyone. If you are female and you have been thinking
about trying archery and you happen to be worried by this sort of thing, then don’t
be. There are ways around it and most things you
can ignore or find alternate methods. Finally, my advice to women is do try out
archery. It is something which we do have a minority of women in, especially young girls
in archery. We definitely encourage you to give it a shot. You will find that if you enjoy the sport,
people like Katniss Everdeen are heavily overrated. Anyway, this is NUSensei. Hope you found this
helpful. Thank you for watching, and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. well done. At my club there are many young women which is great to see. Chest protectors are definitely made with men in mind and their fit is less than optimal with a woman with a average to larger cup size. A manufacturer could make a bit of a killing if they designed with the cup differential in mind, perhaps allowing a bit more compression. My trainer told me there is a woman in Germany who can make custom protectors.

  2. Love this video man, as a skinny guy I obviously haven't had this problem, but I will definitely refer anyone who does! Quick question, when using a bow that is designed for a slightly shorter draw than the one that's more natural for the archer, what ways can you compensate?

  3. Slapped my nipple and it is painfull as hell.. (im shirtless at that time) this is also a valid problem for men..

  4. Hi NuSensei! I don't have that problem, but… I have another anatomy problem… my biceps, everytime I shoot I hit these muscles, any sugestion?

  5. Sport bra's are my friend, as a normal bra would come up and poke everywhere and the straps tends to slide off.

    I have long hair and forgot to tie it up once, it wasn't nice to shoot that way. I now have a spare hair elastic in my bow bag, and some hairpins to get shorter hair out of my eyes.

  6. I've actually gotten whacked by the bow string a number of times due to this. So thanks for the video XD Hopefully it saves other women from the pain I experienced.

  7. Shooting with out a shirt and with a nipple piercing (half moon ring). Imagine the string getting caught and pulling your nipple untill the string slips off. Lesson learned, shirt is must for me while shooting with my target recurve or bow in general.

  8. Sports bras are brilliant and so worked out side of breast is great for the very well endowed. One technique shown was to create a 'hollow' by sticking your rear end out a little and leaning the upper body in (yes, this was taught by an 'instructor' who was female). Very bad for balance, stance and posture but you miss the breasts and forearm slaps. Not good.

  9. Just got a bow for the first time & on my first draw I hurt my boob. It REALLY hurts! Lol. So thanks for this!!

  10. Oh god yes it does hurt, I was one of the unlucky ones that had my boob hit by the string then on arm in the same draw lol But a top heavy man at the club I go to showed me how he stood and ever since then I've not hit my self I there again 🤗

  11. I don't have a large chest, but it only took one time getting that slap for me to switch to a sports bra and a chest guard, haven't have any issues since. Saying that, thank you so much for tackling this issue and being rather blunt about it. Wish I saw this before that first slap lol.

  12. This video must have been interesting to make. How many takes did it take? XD I can't imagine a guy making this and not ruining some of the takes giggling.

  13. Thank you!!! I'm just starting out in archery, and I'm a 38F cup. I'm 5'10", with a 29" draw length (yep, I get the Amazon jokes all the time), so using shorter bows isn't really an option. I also have my heart set on recurves and longbows. I have literally zero interest in compounds.

    The very first time I drew my bow, I realized it was a problem. Of course, as an F cup, these kinds of problems are common, and I'm used to looking for ways around them.

    Thank you for this advice! I've already ordered a chest guard that'll fit me, and I've found that opening my stance works well, too. Opening the stance creates more clearance for the chest.

    My advice for anyone with this problem is a chest guard, a sports bra that is a size too small (and possibly wearing more than one at a time. When I go running, I wear 3 sports bras, all a size too small), and an open stance. It's what worked for me, so it should work for DDDs and DDs, too.

  14. Hmmm I've just come across this problem with a beginner shooter with particularly large breasts. She is so well endowed that to reach an acceptable anchor point the string actually distorts around the left breast. Perhaps that won't happen when she is able to shoot a higher poundage, but at the moment the 18lb bow string curves around the boob at full draw.

  15. Hmmm I've just come across this problem with a beginner shooter with particularly large breasts. She is so well endowed that to reach an acceptable anchor point the string actually distorts around the left breast. Perhaps that won't happen when she is able to shoot a higher poundage, but at the moment the 18lb bow string curves around the boob at full draw.

  16. I can relate to the problem very well.
    I have shoot forn the best part of my life.
    A good few years ago i was doing very well and attended an intrrnational F.I.TA, A WHOLE DAYS SHOOT!
    I had a few weeks earlier purchased a new bow, a Portland Marksman with quite a draw weight.
    I practiced like crazy to be use to the bow, but as somebody pointed out, I was not at my full draw because I was curling round the bow.
    I took thevadvise to heart and made every effort to be in the upright position when at full draw.
    Now inmposession of this informaton I started to open up to the bow, but withvery little time before the shoot.
    The day arrived and I turned up ready to give my best, the very first arrow left and found its mark much to my pleasure, however a few arrows into this shoot and I found the the factvthat I was now using all the bow, it decided to teach me a lesson.
    Every draw was at its best but was now bitting me right were it hurt.
    This effected my score and my ego and at the break our team leader came up and said that he had seen the look of pain on my face,
    He asked to have a look, I was black and blue forbthe whole area, and clearly notnin a good state to carry on.
    It took four weeks for the colouring to go away, and also gave me time to go to thecshop and buy a chest Guard which is still very much in use.
    I did learn that this van be quite dangerours, mostly for the ladies as it can burst blood vessel like crazy, soit you have a bow string that is intent to cut chunks out of you wear a chest guard!!!!!

  17. Women fencing will often use a plastic chestguard to reduce the pain of a fairly hard metal sword poking boobs. Whilst it won't do too much to protect from the side it will certainly give plastic armour to save from the pain of bowstring hitting boobs. I'm not an archer so I couldn't say if it gets in the way, gets uncomfortable, or makes technique difficult but its certainly something to consider if that is the problem.

  18. As a 'well-endowed' female archer, these are all good points for women (or 'well-endowed' men I suppose) who are starting archery. As to the linear pull into the side of the breast, which I do, it helps serves as another 'anchor' point to make sure I am at full draw with the correct anchor. Thanks for the video and the laughs!

  19. I died laughing, thanks for that, it is a problem us archery coaches have to explain for those beginners with large boobs…!

  20. I freaking love the stonefaced straight-to-the-point deliverance of information while wearing prop breasts like it's nothing haha

  21. Supposedly Amazon warriors practiced one side mastectomy to combat this problem! Of course, that's mythological and probably just an exaggeration to show how hardcore they were since, as explained here, it's not really necessary.

  22. hey man nice boobs xD. sorry for the rude comments. but do u know iff they put gloves or any protecting on the vingers in the old days maybe around 57bc in belgica or so?

  23. Female I know has a set of double Fs. She shoots just fine. Tends to curl in over the bow more. She cant use my bow however and hers is a compact bow. 54 inch. Mines 68. She gets slapped with mine.

  24. I usually wear sport bras as my normal attire so this actually has never happened to me… Smaller boobs on me too so that probs helped. By the way, great video. I was initially reluctant to click since i was a bit sceptical about a man talking about women but I've grown to trust you from your other videos.

  25. This happened to my girlfriends and she did not want to get into archery because of it. so I appreciate you taking the time to make this video.

  26. I’m one of those women that have sizable boobies and enjoy this sport. I find I don’t have too much of an issue with my boobs getting hit by the string. I do shoot with a compound and maybe that helps.

  27. I have been struggling with this, it's really really really painfull and has once taken skin with it. Tysm for the advise and I'm excited to try it out!!!

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