An Olympic Recurve Bargain

I can’t remember whether I have posted this before. (They told me “the knees go first!”) So, I will post it again.

For years I have recommended The Simple Art of Winning by Rick McKinney as the “bible” of Olympic Recurve archery, and I do still recommend it as one of the best books for those archers. But recently I have been recommending The Competitive Archer by Simon Needham a great deal, too. The reason is that it is chock-a-block full of practical advice, things like how to trim a tab and read the amount of wear on it, etc.

I was recommending this book more because Simon’s other book (The Art of Repetition), a masterwork was very, very expensive, being available only as a hardbound book. But Simon has made both of these books available in Kindle format, bringing their costs down below US $10, a considerable savings even over the paperbound The Art of Repetition.

If you are an OR archer or coach, I can’t recommend these three books enough.


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3 responses to “An Olympic Recurve Bargain

  1. Coach Krish Rama

    Hello Sir.
    The knee is another one of the areas that I stress to my students.
    In archery, I noticed way back, that the foot that is out of parallel (with the other), is the side that will have a less ‘locked’ knee. Obviously, this does not apply to all, open stance in point.
    Interestingly, ‘Understanding Wing Chun Structure (Lower-body)’, covers this but in an altogether different way. The Sil Lim Tao stance, is a method, that I have yet to test out but is something that I will try with my students.
    On another note Sir, am off to Algeria to begin my Para-Archery coaching session and exams this come October and my interest in the so called ‘mental game’ has peaked.
    Biological, psychological, biomechanical and equipment aside, I know this is going to be a tough but rewarding journey to take.
    I would be interested to know if you or others, have any experiences of coaching the less abled, as well as the abled archers (specifically recurve) and what ‘real world’ differences they could share with me.


    • One more thing … Re ” I noticed way back, that the foot that is out of parallel (with the other), is the side that will have a less ‘locked’ knee.” I noticed this when the US National Training System got launched. The described stance caused more rotation in one leg than the other. (This depends, however, on how the one foot is out of parallel with the other.) For this reason, I recommend that the feet not be parallel, but be in relation to one another as they are in normal standing. Usually this is with the toes flared slightly outward. Then if there is an angle to the target line, the archer’s feet don’t get rotated, his whole body gets rotated. (I have always wanted to build a large rotating platform to put archers on to try different shooting angles, with the platform rotated and the archer’s feet not moving at all.)


  2. Coach Rama!

    All the way to Algeria, that is quite a way to go for training. (Canadians face the same issue … in country!) I posted a link for a fee handbook on coaching disabled archers, so search for that if you do not have it already. In Archery Focus magazine, we are publishing a series of articles by US Paralympic Coach Randi Smith that will eventually become a book and we are creating, with her, an online training course in para-archery (thus solving part of the travel problem).

    Do let me know how your trip goes. If you would like, you could write up the experience for publishing in Archery Focus and you could make US$100 to help defray your expenses. (I know, I know … fame and fortune!)


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