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Archery Fundamentals Book Review

Archery Fundamentals by Teresa Johnson

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This review is of the second edition of Archery Fundamentals. This book contains around 150 pages of a good sized text font – so is easy to read but with only black and white images.

Archery Fundamentals contains 12 chapters. These are bows, arrows, accessories, shooting recurve, shooting compound, alignment, anchor points and releases, taking aim, maximising performance, scoring, equipment maintenance, competition and traditional archery.

The beginning of Archery Fundamentals starts with telling you about the different types of archery field, target etc and then shows a few warm up exercises and goes through the different bow types you could purchase. It then finishes this chapter off by you choosing your correct hand and installing nocking points and arrow rests.

The second chapter is all about arrows and it talks about which arrows to buy and spine type, length, what they are made of etc. It also tells you about points, wraps, vanes etc. The following accessories chapter brings in finger tabs, sights, quivers, clickers, arm guards etc.

There is then two chapters telling you about the basics of shooting a recurve and compound bow as well as discussing all the different parts of the bow.

It’s then onto body alignment, grip, anchor points and release in the next chapter. Chapter 7 is about taking aim and we are introduced to using sights, dealing with the wind etc.

The maximising performance chapter talks about what to do when things are going wrong and your arrow flight is strange or arrows are not going where you want them. The book then gives a chapter over to instruction you about scoring. There is then a chapter on bow maintenance. This includes what to carry as spares, checking tiller, checking alignment, repairing your bow and inspecting your bow and arrows.

The book finishes off by looking at competing and having a coach and finally about traditional archery.

Overall thoughts

I suppose the title of this book really gives away the contents of it – Archery Fundamentals. This book is really for beginners and covers just the basics you really need to know when you are starting archery. So this is a great book for beginners, although I don’t think it would suit the intermediary archer.

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Archery Steps to Success Book Review

Archery Steps to Success by Kathleen Haywood and Catherine Lewis

Archery Steps to SuccessThere are around 240 pages in this slightly larger sized book with a glossary in the rear of the book. This review is based on the 4th edition. Lots of images in full colour make this book easy to read and very clear for the beginner. There are even exercises at the back of each chapter allowing you to score yourself. Archery Steps to Success covers compound and recurve bows in equal measure which is nice to see.

Instead of chapters this book is split into Steps – hence the name of the book Steps to Success. The 11 steps are fitting equipment, shooting safely, shooting with good form, refining technique, aiming and sighting, anchoring and releasing, analysing performance, upgrading – tuning and maintaining equipment, sharpening your mental skills, competing in target archery and bow hunting.

Step 1 covers the different types of archery, the different types of bow used and the accessories for the bow and archer. It also covers how to fit your equipment to yourself, arm guards, finger tabs etc. It also looks at how to determine your eye dominance, draw length and draw weight for your first bow.

Step 2 is a bit shorter in length but very important as it covers shooting safely. This includes making sure your arrows are the correct length, your posture is correct, retrieving arrows and that your attire is correct.

Step 3 introduces archers to the T form and shooting with good form with a recurve bow. It’s not until Step 4 where the shooting technique is refined by looking more at stance, hand position and back tension in your shooting. This step is all performed using a recurve bow in the book.

Step 5 introduces us to bow sights of recurve and compound bows. It also shows you how to make simple bowsight on a training bow. It covers peep sights, how to use a sight and adjust it. The end of this step also covers barebow aiming and sighting.

Step 6 covers anchoring an release. This introduces kisser buttons, anchor positions on the face and anchoring with a mechanical release.

Step 7 is all about analysing your performance, so here the book looks at your arrow groups on the target face as well as errors that affect horizontal and vertical accuracy. Overcoming target panic is also addressed along with all types of shooting error including follow-through errors.

Step 8 is all about upgrading equipment and fine tuning. This chapter concentrates on adjusting arrow flight and aligning your bow whether it’s a recurve or compound bow. There is also information on fletching arrows and building up arrows and how to maintain your bow.

There is then a little chapter or step about mental skills and then it’s onto competing in target archery with information on how to score and dealing with adverse weather conditions whilst shooting. The final chapter or step is about bow hunting mainly using a compound bow. This step looks at hunting arrows and shooting downwards and up an incline. 3D targets and field archery are also discussed.

Overall this is a very good archery book for beginners, it’s very easy to read and clear with some great colour images and the book is quite large as well.

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Archery – The Art of Repetition Book Review

Archery – The Art of Repetition by Simon Needham from Crowood Press

Archery The Art of Repetition Archery – The Art of Repetition is quite an old book now that was published originally in 2006, the version I have was printed in 2016. But it is a very well known book and a lot of archers know of it or have read it with its black and white front cover. Although it’s over 10 years old archery does not change that much. Sure some new equipment has been launched and some round classifications changed, but not much else has changed bows are still the same and the way we shoot is pretty much the same.

Chapter Overview

There are around 190 pages in Archery – The Art of Repetition with all images in black and white. The book is split into 14 chapters. These are starting out, choosing and using equipment, setting up your equipment, initial tuning, the biomechanics of shooting, fitness, competitions, training and practice, nutrition, making the most of your mind, arrow selection and preparation, making bowstrings, better shooting, fine tuning and top tips.

Main Content

The first part of the book begins with talking about costs of shooting, joining a club and the basics of how to shoot a bow as well as health and safety procedures. Each part of the bow and its accessories are then discussed in turn and how you should get used to your accessories and be comfortable with them. Archery – The Art of Repetition then covers setting up the bow from scratch (recurve only) and the initial tuning of the bow, before the next chapter focuses more heavily on tuning the bow so that your arrows fly straight.

The next chapter then looks at the biomechanics of shooting and the physiology of the human skeleton and your arms and shoulders and back for shooting. Here they also talk about release of the bow string. Next its onto fitness, here they talk about general fitness and exercise. Chapter 7 is a small chapter on entering competitions and what to expect and how the shooting field is laid out and the type of rounds you may shoot. Parts of this chapter do seem a little out of date as they reference GNAS (now Archery GB) and FITA rounds (now WA rounds). Chapter 8 is all about nutrition, food, drink and a balanced diet – don’t worry this chapter is quite small. Chapter 8 introduces us to using your mind for positive thinking, making you believe in yourself, goal setting, mental training and concentration.

The next chapter is all about arrows. The different types of arrows, how to choose them, spine, length, cutting the arrows, adding points, nocks and fletches. There is then a small chapter about making your own bowstrings.

There are then chapters on fine tuning your groups by adjusting tiller, brace height and changing nock point height. The final chapter is on top tips, but this covers the Beiter center and alignment using lasers and a very old app on an ancient Palm pilot device. At the back of the book are tuning references, further reading and a glossary.


There are a great number of images in this book which breakdown the reading, as there is also a lot to read and digest. A lot of this you may already know, but I am sure there are parts you don’t know about, there is even string making in this book. Not something that a lot us will try to do.

Parts of the book seem outdated, so it could benefit from an update in certain areas. But in general archery form has not changed that much and 90% of the book is still current. There is a lot of information in Archery – The Art of Repetition but some chapters could go into even more detail. For that reason this book is for beginners and intermediate shooters. It’s the kind of book you would read through once but probably not return to.

Archery Skills, Tactics and Techniques Book Review

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Archery, Skills, Tactics and Techniques Book from Crowood Sports Guides by Deborah Charles

This is one of my favourite archery books at the moment. It only has 90 pages, but it does cover all the basics and compared to a lot of other archery books it contains full colour images all the way through. This book only covers recurve bows, so don’t buy it if you shoot compound. There are many sections that are not specific to recurve, but you won’t get as much out of it as a recurve archer will. You can buy this book from Amazon UK

The book begins with a look at archery through the ages and the basics of archery including finding your dominant eye, finding a club and basic safety precautions when shooting.

The next section is on buying your own equipment and the book takes you through all the parts you may purchase when setting up a recurve bow outfit. Chapter 3 is all about how to make technical adjustments to your bow in order to get it shooting correctly.

The book then covers basic archery technique and shooting, it then moves on to the archery field and includes information on rounds and awards.

The rest of the book looks at building on your form as well as different arrows types and about upgrading your archery equipment and about fine tuning. The final chapter covers competing in archery competitions and how they work, rules and etiquette etc.

The book also benefits from handy hint and personal tip boxes. Archery Skills, Tactics and Techniques is easy to read, nice bright and clear pages with great colour images.

If you are an archery beginner this book contains a lot of information for you. It can tell you about setting up, tuning, regulations, shooting rounds, competing etc. Overall this is a great introductory text to archery.

Crowood Sports make a range of guides for various sports including Chess, Marathon Running, Golf, Snooker, Tennis etc. If all the other sports books are as good as this archery one then I wouldn’t hesitate in looking at those books as well.

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