As for the training I teach on my range.
With a 'new' archer I stand them at 20 feet. Yes feet.
And go over the basics with them. After several ends, when
they see that they can that they can do, what I ask, I move
them back slowly. An end at a time until they're at 20 yards.
If they have any difficulty we remain at the distance where this
occurs until they get over the hurtle.
After several practices where I try and boost their confidence.
And the bow is no longer strange to them, I attempt to
convince them to 'practice' at 40 yards. If you can hit the
target at 40 the rest is easier. I continue to fine tune the archer.
At no time do I entirely let them alone. I may step aside to let
them try things on their own, but I watch. Sometimes they
succeed, but I constantly encourage. When I'm teaching my
bow is not on the range. I'm there to teach, not shoot.
I cannot do both. If I'm concentrating on the archer my scores
will suffer, so why bother. My practice will come at another
My youngest archer is 4. I started another last evening who
is 5 and she did quite well. She started hitting a 10 yard target
with a 18 pound bow. Her mother was amazed. Most people
I've seen tend to be over bowed. So I start my beginners out
with equipment that suits their size and physical condition.
I have lots of light weight bows for them to try. Many of the
green fiberglass varieties. These work.
I hope this is informative to the list.
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