Archery is different from other sports. If you, as a youngster, were to pursue football, baseball, tennis, golf, swimming, or any other sporting endeavor and decided you wanted to get better, you would seek out a coach.
Attention, serious archers: If you’re looking for the advanced techniques and strategies to help you refine your skills and thoroughly prepare for competition, Precision Archery can help you achieve your goals.
Relying on the expertise of some of the nation’s top coaches and competitors such as Rick McKinney, Larry Wise, and M.J. Rogers as well as the publishers of Archery Focus magazine, this comprehensive book covers all aspects of competition for all disciplines within the sport. Whether you’re a target archer, field archer, or bowhunter, you’ll discover the subtleties of technique that will give you the competitive edge—and you’ll learn how to tailor your approach to specific conditions and events.
Precision Archery covers advanced technique and form of recurve, compound, and barebow archery. It provides in-depth instruction to help you perfect your stance, align your body, engage the right muscles, and flawlessly execute every phase of a shot sequence, from predraw through release.
You’ll also learn how to
select and maintain equipment, with detailed advice on bow tuning and setup, arrow tuning, and testing new equipment;
employ mental preparation, focus, and relaxation techniques to improve your consistency and accuracy;
adjust your technique for various weather and terrain conditions; and
use fitness training to condition your body in ways that will directly enhance your archery performance and skills.
If you’re ready to go beyond the basics of shooting and bow stringing to develop pinpoint accuracy, turn to Precision Archery for the edge you need.
Chapter 1. Exploring Competition Rick McKinney
Chapter 2. Advanced Form for Recurve Archery Don Rabska
Chapter 3. Developing Your Compound Archery Form Larry Wise
Chapter 4. Executing the Shot Steve Ruis, Claudia Stevenson
Chapter 5. Achieving a Physical Edge Annette M. Musta
Chapter 6. Tuning the Mind Lisa Franseen, PhD
Chapter 7. Tuning Recurve Bows and Arrows Don Rabska
Chapter 8. Tuning Compound Bows and Arrows Steve Ruis, Claudia Stevenson
Chapter 9. Coaching and Being Coached M.J. Rogers
Chapter 10. Dealing With Difficulties Steve Ruis, Claudia Stevenson
Chapter 11. The Joys of Arco Nudo Ty Pelfrey
Chapter 12. Perfecting Practice Steve Ruis, Claudia Stevenson
Chapter 13. Testing New Equipment Steve Ruis, Claudia Stevenson
Chapter 14. Embracing the Spirit of Archery Claudia Stevenson
Steve Ruis has been the editor of Archery Focus magazine since May 1999. He is mainly a field archer but is interested in all phases of archery, especially the technical aspects. Ruis is a National Field Archery Association (NFAA) certified instructor and a National Archery Association (NAA) Level II coach. He lives and works in California.
Claudia Stevenson is the publisher and managing editor of Archery Focus magazine. An avid archer, Stevenson is a four-time California State field archery champion (two indoor, two outdoor) and placed second in the Freestyle Limited class in the 1997 NFAA Outdoor National Championships. Stevenson is a NFAA certified instructor as well as a National Archery Association Level II coach. She lives and works in California.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Rick McKinney was a founding publisher of Archery Focus magazine and now writes “The Elite Archer” column for the magazine. Known as one of the world's greatest archery champions, McKinney won the 1977, 1983, and 1985 World Championships as well as the U.S. National Target Championships nine times, Field Championships six times, Indoor Championships three times, and Collegiate National Championships seven times. He is a two-time Olympic silver medalist, 1984 (individual) and 1988 (team), and is currently president of Carbon Tech, a manufacturer of both target and hunting arrows.
Don Rabska is an internationally renowned archery coach and a technical advisor for Easton Archery Products. He is the primary author of the Easton Tuning Guide, the most widely distributed treatise on arrow tuning.
Annette M. Musta, a certified personal trainer with 24 years of shooting experience, has written the “Archery Fitness” column for Archery Focus magazine since 1998. She is the founder and executive director of the Pass the Torch Foundation, which matches school-age children with athletes training for international competition.
Lisa Franseen, PhD has written the “Mental Skills” column for Archery Focus magazine since its inception. A clinical and sport psychologist, Dr. Franseen began working with archers in 1994. Since then, she has continued to help archers of all levels— including elite archers at USAT training camps, international competitions, and the Olympic Games—improve their performance through mental skills training. Dr. Franseen also teaches sport psychology for the NAA Level 3 and 4 Archery Coaching certification courses.
Ty Pelfrey is a two-time U.S. national barebow champion. He has written numerous articles on shooting barebow for Archery Focus magazine and is currently a member of their advisory staff.
Larry Wise is a renowned archery coach and author of five books on archery. He has achieved a number one ranking in the world three times in the men's unlimited compound bow division, won the 1986 World Professional Archery Championship, and has been part of five World Championship teams. He still competes professionally and is a tournament staff coordinator and design consultant for Indian Industries/XI Bows. Wise has written numerous technical and bowhunting articles for Archery Focus as well as other magazines.
M.J. Rogers is the director of archery programs at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. A Level 4 international coach in the National Archery Association, he was the lead coach for the U.S. team competing in the 2000 FITA World Field Championships in Italy. He is also active in the National Field Archery Association, where he judges major competitions.
As a long-time compound shooter I was surprised to find myself intrigued with portions of this book aimed at recurve shooters. It was fascinating and insightful to learn some new perspectives, which I am sure I will put to use when playing with my recurve.”