Have You Read This?

Have any of you read the new book by USA Archery, Archery? (I do wish they had come up with a less used, more descriptive title.) I just started reading the book. Tell me what you think.


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4 responses to “Have You Read This?

  1. Don

    I thought it was a well put-together book. My three go-to books however remain Larry Wise’s, your “Precision Archery”, and Anthony Camera’s “Shooting the Stickbow”. I know you and Larry know each other well already but if you haven’t checked out Camera’s book, give it a read too, I really like it!


    • I have read much of Shooting the Stickbow and found much in it I liked. Thanks for the feedback.


      • Don

        I think the only minor thing with Shooting the Stickbow is he uses a slightly older terminology like “pulling through the shot” rather than the newer terminology like “aim and expand”. I know both sets of terminology intend the same thing and when explained properly to a student will result in the same message, but in a vacuum or when whispered down the lane, “pull through the shot” can lead a beginner toward arm muscle movement rather than shoulder rotation.

        I really appreciate the recent attempt at standardization in terminology that is being developed presently by people like you and Larry and KSL, et al. I know Larry from Penn State and just came back from Larry’s Level 2 at LAS. It was a great time and getting all on the same page with positive reinforcement coaching and terminology was a wonderful thing!

        Shooting the Stickbow has been pretty excellent to me for recurve tuning, and also for esoterica I run into with trad bows, particularly when it comes to shooting with a cant with a longbow (if you want to, without compromising alignment and form) and probably the clearest explanation of non-sight aiming styles including the mysterious “instinctive” style..

        The sections in USA Archery by KSL on recurve shooting are pretty great. His Olympic system makes a lot of sense and it is laid out pretty accessibly from what I can tell in the new USA Archery book.

        For my opinions and remarks above take me with a grain of salt… in the context that I am only 29 year old with 23 years of shooting the first 18 of which were running through the woods like a wild-child whacking squirrels (trying at least) in an information vacuum before getting “fixed up” through lucky opportunities to interact with Julia Body and Larry the past several years!

        Ramble Ramble,


      • Larry and I still disagree about all kinds of things but he is certainly more than just right about compound form.

        About your grain of salt, you should add every one of us to that list. We all fall short from time to time.

        By the way, any bow shot off of the point (or the equivalent) can be shot with the bow canted … or not (it only has a significant effect if you use a bowsight). For target archery, there is no advantage and it adds an additional source of variation (making your sight picture inconsistent, for example), so it is not recommended. For bowhunting there are any number of advantages, so it works there quite nicely. The problem we have is that authors and speakers do not distinguish their audiences well, that is an archer who is primarily a bowhunter will talk to a target archer about “archery” when there are two different sets of needs. I have even seen recurve archers giving advice to compound archers and vice-versa. We all want to help and we all want to look like we know what we are talking about, but … now that’s advice I should take!

        Having consistent terminology is a real assest, but unfortunately we don’t have a professional organization riding herd over things so we often replace one set of bad terms with another. One example was that many archery coaches objected to the term “anchor” because they thought it meant a static, unmoving position. Apparently they had never been in a boat which will rotate around its anchor, drag its anchor, tip its anchor, etc. It is anything but an immovable position. In essence we do not want our anchor position to move, so the term anchor is harmless (and traditional). Similarly, the phrase “pull through the shot” is no more misleading than “expansion.” The term “expansion” refers to a phase in a recurve archery shot during which the back muscles continue what they were doing before and go on to continue doing that after that phase. The Koreans use the term to help rank beginners do what is expected at that point, but they should have been doing it before and after that phase, too. A term useful to eighth-graders is not necessarily useful to adults, so we have archers and coaches going around believing that the back muscles are doing something different during “expansion” when in reality they are just doing the same thing all along (once you have got the bow in the setup position, in NTS the back muscles are doing one and only one activity until the shot is over–what we call the phases of the shot doesn’t change that, but if people get the impression that something is different during expansion I have to say, as a writer, that the fault lies with the writer and not the reader).

        Regarding selecting and tuning arrows, I wish Easton and the other manufacutrers would set up YouTube channels and explain to people how it is done (although I collect a good part of my coaching fees helping people figure out spine charts and how to size and set up and tune arrows). There is nothing new here, so whatever they put up would be good you years.

        Well, enough of my grousing,

        Happy shooting,

        Your friend in archery,



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