If you’ve been following this series, you’ve now reached the follow-through, the final step in shooting a compound bow. It’s vital to use good form to finish your shot, even though compound-bow archers often overlook the follow-through.
The first step to ensure a good, strong follow-through is to properly execute your release. Releasing a shot effortlessly is easier said than done, but a well-executed release sets you up for a solid follow-through. That’s because it means you properly followed the steps for making a good shot. In fact, a great archer’s follow-through appears smooth and machine-like because that’s how they finish every shot.
Realize, though, that it can be frustrating to repeat the same motions over and over again while learning archery. But don’t sweat the small stuff. Archery takes patience and practice. To learn your follow-through more easily, always think about how you want it to feel before each shot. And when you execute it the same way you imagined it, always reward yourself. Tell yourself: “Good shot! Nice one! Oh, that felt great!” Positive thoughts help make your follow-throughs consistent. Eventually, you’ll naturally want to repeat those movements because they always produce great subconscious outcomes. So don’t be modest. Always cheer yourself on for awesome shots you make.
What constitutes a good follow-through? As the arrow leaves the bow – or when the release fires – make sure your bow arm moves toward the target while your release arm moves away from it. This movement occurs naturally as you expand and release through your shot. Also keep your eyes focused on the target until you hear your arrow striking it. Consciously and consistently remind yourself about the importance of consistent follow-through. To make each shot the same as the last, never forget that each step of the shot cycle is crucial.
Follow-through is what you make of it. It’s the finishing point of every archer’s form. You can now officially say you know the steps to shooting a compound bow. Hurray! But this is not all you should do to stay in top archery form. We have one more article that explains what you must do after shooting. Stayed tuned for the final installment.