Opening day - Archery range in St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK
October 6, 2015
Posted by Josh
London and the surrounding areas are where its all happening and will always continue to happen.
Springfield has recently opened its door for the first time. Best way of explaining the Springfield range is by using an analogy: Imagine you have a dog that lives with you in the house. Now imagine you brought a new dog home one day… Chances are your dog wont be happy, because as far as your dog is concerned this is his home! The other dog is going to feel very uncomfortable. On the other hand, had both dogs met in a neutral field, chances are they would have both played happily together.
This is often how people wanting to get into archery see clubs… Here at Springfield, we are an archery range that is open to all, new or experienced. We have both a target range and a field course.
For more information, please feel free to give us a call on 01923850317
Learning Basic Archery - The Stance
January 27, 2016
Posted by Josh
People have often asked me if its possible for someone to learn archery without an archery instructor. The simple answer is YES.
On Google search engines, there lots you can pick up through YouTube or articles and blogs, however to get better at the sport you do need some basic coaching.
To get better and really enjoying the sport, there are certain things to take into account, but these alone will not help. Having an experienced archer / ideally a good instructor or a coach, standing next to you correcting your form and posture, will help perfect your shooting.
Over the next few articals I will explain each step with useful instructions to help you advance your techniques and improve your overall performance.
So… lets start…
Firstly what you learn here, you will need to practice often and put into one fluid, clean shot.
There are a number of variations on the internet as to how many steps there are (from 8 to 12), but these are most important…
Let start with the STANCE:
The stance is one of the first important things to focus on when you are about to shoot (for all intent and purposes, i will assume you are practicing this at a range). This is done by placing one foot on either side of the shooting line. For right handed archers, your left foot is in front of the shooting line and for left handed archers it’s your right foot forward of the shooting line. Both feet should be approx. in line with your shoulders.
You may hear the stance being called a “square stance”. This is where both your feet are parallel to the shooting line. This is one of the best stances as for beginners, its easy remember and replicate so you are consistent with each shot. Another stance, being the “open stance” is much harder to replicate and perfect, when you are first starting off. Its all about getting the alingment of the shoulders, hips and torso correct - this is why the sqaure stance is often the best.
Now, the important thing to remember is… relax and stand up straight. Look over to the target face and make sure your shoulders are relaxed and down.
The important thing to remember with archery is - repetition and muscle memory. To get better and more consistent with archery as a whole, its all about repetition and muscle memory.
The amount of times I have seen people shooting an arrow, celebrate and move around looking for approve is frighting – My advice is – DON’T DO IT - stand in the same position and move onto the next arrow. By moving or jumping around in joy because you hit the gold, all you do is change your position - this in turn can affect the next arrow. Remain focused
Practice this at the range - and think about your stance the moment to put your foot over the shooting line.
How to look after your bow string
December 03, 2015
Posted by Josh
Any archer will tell you that waxing your bow string is essential to taking care of your bow, be it a recurve bow, crossbow, compound bow, long bow or anything else. Waxing will help prolong the life of the bow string and in additional will help shoot your arrows a lot smoother. . Its very simple to do and only takes a couple of minutes at the most. Here’s how:
1: Ensure your bowstring is clear of all debris and mud with a soft cloth.
2: Apply the wax to the bow string. The trick here is not to overdo it, use thing layers. Normally the wax will come as a bar or in a tube – glide this gentle up and down the string a few times.
3: Using your finger and thumb, rub the wax into the string. Very quickly the wax will melt into the string – ensure you cover the whole bow string.
4: Finally, take a cloth and wipe the excess way away ensuring you get the tops and bottoms and also in between the nocking points where the arrows go.
Its that simple. I tend to wax my string around twice a month – but then, I am shooting everyday.
How to pull out an arrow
October 6, 2015
Posted by Josh
Any archer will tell you that more then often, they have come across a situation where they have struggled to pull an arrow out of a Boss or a 3D target. An arrow puller is an invaluable piece of archery kit that you should carry with you at all times. Here is just 3 simple ideas that may help…
1. Have an arrow puller available - you get all different styles and makes, so try it out first before you buy. The main thing to remember here is to make sure that the puller fits nicely in the palm of your hands and that it is rubberise. This allows you to have a good grip when pulling the arrow out. Try and keep it dry, because if it becomes wet, often the rubber will slip when trying to pull out the arrows.
2. Using arrow lube, especially on the newer 3D targets will help to get your arrow out a lot easier and makes straining your back and pulling muscles a thing of the past. Its important that the lube is only placed on the first four inches otherwise the arrow will be slippery and you will struggle to get a good grip.
3. Then there is always the trusty Twist and Pull method. This is always a great way to remove an arrow if you don’t have an arrow puller available. The aim is to break the seal by twisting and pulling straight back. Make sure your pulling hand is close to the arrow head and the arrow is kept straight when pulling back to avoid bending it.
We hope this helps – remember… don’t leave home without an arrow puller
Archery for beginners
November 19, 2015
Posted by Josh
As a sport, archery is one of the safest sport – its safer then basketball, football, and even golf. Its true! Children, and adults alike and both get involved with no discrimination to age.
At Springfield, we offer two types of archery: target/ practice ranges, and a field course consisting of 3D animal shaped targets.
If this is the first time you’ve ever shot a bow, our instructors will teach you the basis’s using a beginners recurve bow. Our archery GB instructors will teach you from the rules and etiquettes of archery, to how to aim and shoot your bow, all on the target range. You will then move onto one of our field courses where there are numerous animal shaped target placed along a trail. The aim being to score the maximum points – however, there are lots of surprises along the way where you can gain points or very quickly lose the points you’ve built up.
If after trying our range, you really like the sport and want to find out more about our membership packages, you can talk to one of our staff about the options we offer.
Archery; Air rifle /Air pistol; Axe/Knife throwing
Tel: 01923 850317
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 10am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 6pm
Sun: 10am - 6pm
The history of Archery
December 08, 2015
Posted by Josh
Archery is known to date back thousands of years and was an important military skill and hunting skill before the use of firearms. For the military, arrows were especially effective in battles. There are also a lot of gods and hero’s within different cultures who prominently feature archers.
In ancient times, Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Persians and Koreans were well known to have a large number of archers within their Armies. The outcome of battles often came down to these archers. With the invention of firearms came the demise of archery. Archery was no longer needed and became obsolete.
In the18th Century archery saw a revival by the British as an upper class pursuit. The modern day archery has all sorts of high end equipment, various styles of bows and techniques. From its early history to modern times, archery has always been a competitive sport, which is fun for all the family with no discrimination to age or gender.
Learning Basic Archery - SET
March 07, 2016
Posted by Josh
When discussing the SET, this is where you learn how to properly hold your hand and position your thumb and fingers on the grip, plus… how to position your fingers around the bowstring to create the hook.
Place your bow hand on the grip of the bow and ensure that the grip is placed in the meaty part of your hand, (located just below the index finger and thumb).
Lift the bow towards the target and ensure the thumb is relaxed and closed onto the grip, at the same time pointing towards the target.
Now… relax your index and middle finger. Point these down towards the ground and gently fold them around the grip (try not to go more than halfway).
The knuckles should create an approximate 45 degree angle.
With the recurve bow, the index vane should be facing you, meaning it should be in between you and the riser.
Compound archers may index their arrows differently – this all depends on the type of arrow rest installed on their bow.
Now, gently wrap the first 3 fingers of your bowstring hand (the hand that draws the string back) below the arrow shaft (all 3 fingers go below the arrow for beginners). Do not go past the first crease of your fingers.
This is known as the SET…
Learning Basic Archery - Nocking the Arrow
Feb 07, 2016
Posted by Josh
Nocking the arrow is simply where you place the arrow onto the bowstring… at the same time checking the fletching is placed in the correct position for when the arrow passes the riser.
A nocked arrow should be positioned about a quarter inch above the arrow rest on the bow handle. On most bows, a small brass band called a “nocking point” is crimped onto the bowstring to mark the correct position.
Truthfully speaking, every archery will find their own way of nocking an arrow and at the beginning its not easy. Over time everyone develops their own technique. The only advice here is to patient while learning and always remember that safety is paramount.
Remember: always keep the arrows pointed down range at all times while nocking the arrow on the bowstring.
To nock the arrow:
Grasp the arrow between the thumb and index finger of the right hand (if you’re a right-handed shooter).
With your left hand, hold the bow parallel to the ground about waist high, string toward the body.
Lay the arrow shaft on the bow’s arrow rest.
Rotate the shaft so the index vane is pointing in the right direction.
a. Recurve Bow - the index vane should be pointing away from the riser. In other words, rotate the shaft until the index vane is between your body and the riser.
b. Compound archers will index the arrow differently depending on the type of arrow rest installed on your bow.
Pull the arrow back until the string snaps into the slot.
The process is the same for compound archers unless you are using a "D-Loop".
a. When nocking an arrow on a bowstring with a D-Loop, the knock on the shaft goes between the upper and lower knot of the D-Loop.
b. If there is a gap left after the arrow is snapped into position, the nock on the arrow shaft should be pushed toward the top of the D-Loop.
That’s it… nothing more.