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December 1 Archery Challenge Advent Calendar: Shooting on One Leg

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When you come shoot a regular session at Lincoln City Archery, shooting on one leg is one of the first challenges you’ll face after learning how to shoot a bow and arrow traditionally. For many people, it’s a matter of five to 10 minutes before they are ready to try this. However, others need to shoot on one leg to more firmly grasp the concepts of traditional archery.

Standing at the line, put your arrow on the bow, raise your back leg, and tuck that foot behind your knee. Point at the target, draw the bow, and release when you have your balance.

A lot of people pull the bow and anchor in before they raise their leg. This changes their shot and not in a good way. By raising the leg before pointing at the target, your bow and body will find the proper position for hitting the target.

What does shooting on one leg do? It depends on the archer. For some, it’s just a fun thing to try. For others, it helps keep them from leaning back when they pull the bow. Still others have to concentrate on keeping their balance, so their thoughts can’t interfere with the actual shot.

Practice your balance and see what shooting on one leg does for you. When you’re done, you can shoot on one leg, two legs, or no legs. (That last one I like to call sitting.) Happy Holidays! (Be on the lookout for my new book, “How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow,” coming out soon!) All our videos are on YouTube, so hit the thumbs up, subscribe and hit that bell icon!

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