Archery for Beginners : Components of Olympic Style Bow & Arrow
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Archery for Beginners : Components of Olympic Style Bow & Arrow

August 12, 2019


This is an Olympic-style bow. This is what
they shoot in the Olympics. Very technical piece of equipment, pretty expensive piece
of equipment. Let me introduce you to all the components on a bow and what they do.
This is the Olympic bow, right here. This is the riser, machined aluminum. These are
the limbs, carbon, fiber, and foam. This is the string. The particular one I use is called
Dyneema, there’s about eighteen strands all wound together in here. This is the knocking
point where your arrow rests. This is the sight, obviously used for sighting in your
arrow. This is what you call a cushion plunger. This helps tune your arrow so it kicks off
the bow properly and doesn’t wobble all over the place in flight. These, are vibration
systems. They take a lot of the vibration out of the bow. When you shoot the bow and
let go, a lot of vibration comes back up through your arm, these take the vibration out. This
is a stabilizer system; these two back ones are called V bars. Some people choose to use
them, some people don’t. This is the front stabilizer; it helps keep the bow stable when
you’re holding it straight out there. This is the clicker. You pull your arrow through
that clicker and when you hear that thing go off that’s when you let go of your arrow.
That way, you know you’ve pulled the exact same distance each time. This is a quiver.
This holds your arrows and the equipment you need to tune your bow, and put on your hand
arm. This is a carbon arrow, very light, very fast, cuts through the wind, mostly used in
long-distance competitions like the outdoor shooting. This is an aluminum arrow, fatter,
a lot slower, but corrects a lot better. I like to use these indoors because of the correction
factor, also an arrow that you would use for hunting, and an arrow you would use for teaching
kids with. This is a wind flag, so when I’m standing about a football field away from
the target, I put this on top of it, I can see which way the wind’s blowing. That way
I can aim off a little bit so my arrow makes it actually to the target, not the one next
to it. These are the arrows. The arrows have several different parts to them. One of them
is the main shaft itself, and then at the end of the shaft you have the tip. There’s
several different types of tips. For hunting you use the broad heads, the points that the
general public would visualize on the end an arrow. At the other end you have your fletching.
This particular fletching is a spin wing, used in Olympic competition, cuts through
the wind very fast, but doesn’t correct as well as the other fletching. This is a feather
right here. These are used on traditional take down recurve bows, and this is a plastic
fletching which is very popular with the compound shooters. And then at the end of the arrow,
you have a knock, which snaps onto the string.

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  1. there should be three fletches. One of the fletches should be pointing out toward you, while the other two point toward the bow at opposite angles. the fletch pointing out toward you should be perpendicular to the bowstring (if you look from the nock of the arrow)

    Additionally, if your fletches still tear, it probably means you have some clearance issues. try to spot trends i.e. bottom fletch tearing all the time, and you seek out the source of the tearing. most likely it's hitting your bow.

  2. well, all arrows are lethal. no matter how safe you try to make it. If you try adding a sponge in front, it'll affect the flight. Treat the bows and arrows responsibly and NEVER goof around with them…..well, you shouldn't get anyone hurt.

  3. for a guy that speaks English as a second language, i can say that these lessons were a breeze of fresh air.

  4. why not just walk to the target and stick the arrow in. its much cheaper and its almost the same ash shooting this kind of bows.

    traditional bows for the win.

  5. u need skill to shoot these kinds of bows as well. i mean, it's like traditional shooting but with the extra accessories to make sure that u can concentrate on the target. that's why it's called target shooting. have u even tried shooting these kinds of bows?

  6. My sighted compound bow fits into your aim and release category… I can aim and release… and if I'm lucky hit something at up to 40 metres! Olympic competition is world class and the standard range is 70 metres, with these recurves. They get consistent 9's and 10s. There's still the skills of the old school longbowman even with a stabilised and damped recurve!

  7. How long does it take you to walk 70 metres?
    I can barely hit the broadside of a barn with my sighted compound so I can appreciate the skills of both an olympic archer and an oldschool longbowman!

  8. Different leagues.

    It's like comparing compounds to recurve – compound target scoring margins are TINY, so much so that the difference between winning and losing is usually one point or a shootout (what happens after a tie). With all that extra equipment, a massive amount of effort is devoted to specific technique to ensure such consistency.

    Traditional relies a lot more on intuition and technique, recurve relies a lot more on form, technique and some intuition.

  9. Ive been shooting a compound bow for a long time, I use a very small stabilizer in the front (5 inches for vibraiton) and i still think that the long stabilzers are just ridiculous

  10. why dont they use primitive bow if they are good enough joining olympic ?
    if they shot bullseye from 50 yard away , they are really honored .
    just use crossbow , if you want mechanical accuracy .

  11. @AL3XizPR0 if you thing that "long pole" and sights would suddenly make you a world class archer…. Let's see how you do with tip top archery equipment. Ill be surprised to see you even hit the target at 90m.

  12. @HappyHourFilms1 Who are you to say what a bow should and shouldn't have. Only people who havent shot out to 90 meters talk like this.

  13. @HappyHourFilms1 I shoot both english longbow and target recurve, both are just as challenging as each other. You might think its not necessary to have all this on your bow, but it sure does help when your in a competition and you need 10's to win.

  14. @GsxRaider
    Local Archery Mart in Adelaide. It's a basic twin cam Perfect Line compound that's $AU345 without extras. It's fun to shoot barebow with fingers, but I recently got a peep sight added and now use a release aid. Now down to dinner plate sized arrow groups at 30 metres! (well… most of the time!)

  15. That looks like a stupid bow. Though I know nothing of archery, so I'm probably wrong.
    All that extra stuff just seems so unnecessary.

  16. can you learn archery, if you know nothing about it, with a teacher -in this case, my father- who also doesn't know anything about it?
    Please reply ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Wat a bunch of turds u criticise but no nothing of the sport, each to their own, @happyhourfilms u couldn't hit a bull in the arse with bucket of wheat. I am shooting out to 120m, and I shot bare bow initialy, and the sights et al ARE NOTHING WITHOUT FORM, an A grader would need 10min to smoke all ur arses with or without sights, U FUKTARDS. @FoxAccount do u no how stupid u now look.

  18. not to be mean or anything but 30-40 yards is easy kid stuff, 60 is hard and 70 is harder, i can hit about a ten inch space with my compound at 80 yards, i dont shoot with a peep though

  19. that what i say, but if you never shot a compound or recurve, you could not learn in ten min, mabie 10 weeks, to hold it steady and not jerk when you shoot, takes time to learn, compounds actually are just as hard, the tinniest movement when releasing throw the arrow way off, with recurve you have a tone of give

  20. i know what your sayin, they both have their differences and advantages, their both hard to use well, i know because eive been shooting recurve sync ei was 3-4 years old, then i got into compound, i now have a hoyt alphaburner 350 fps, amazing bow

  21. Absolutely spot on. Started about six months ago and still shooting bare bow. No sight, plunger, clicker, stabilisers etc. My coach says get all these things but I just say that without form, what's the point. Gonna get a win and win al1 plus power ex limbs and all gadgets soon now that I have mastered form.
    A fancy car does not make you a better driver.

  22. I respect your opinion yet at my club I have noticed that recurve shooters can quickly adapt to compound but not so the other way round.
    Same discipline yet different equipment.

  23. Hi. Great video! You look just like George Carlin ๐Ÿ˜€

    I haven't shoot a bow since i was a kid and are planning to buy one.
    Compounds look too hi-tech and "static",
    so iยดm going for a recurve which feels more natural.
    Iยดm not going to hunt with the bow but would like a nice target shooter to play with.
    Is it worth paying a lot for the first bow with a stabilizer, sight and drop arrow ect.
    Or would it be just as good practice with a desent traditional wooden recurve?

    Thanks.

  24. Bow sights! Although I could use the string and riser sights on a compound bow efficiently, I've never been able to achieve any increase in accuracy using a sight mounted recurve. In fact, I never understood how a one-piece sight could even work.

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