Equipment V’s Coaching

Equipment V’s Coaching

It’s coming up to that time of year where all of the archery gods (well manufacturers anyway) reinvent the wheel and bring out that must have long rod, that new handle and the new limbs what will all put at least 10 to 20 points on your score.  Archery manufacturers know that there are only so many ways they can improve the current stock they offer.  You will find that most of the “revolutionary” new products are a twist on what has already been launched some years ago.  A good example of this is when Easton stopped making the Navigator arrow, and re-launched the product as A/C/G’s. imy1

The purchase of a new product will, over a short period, improve you belief and confidence, however over a longer period of time unless your technique is solid the arrows will start to drift, scores will drop, and your confidence will take a dent.

There will always be new and revamped products brought out on the market and the manufacturers do a great job in glossy new banners with all of the new kit, but even with all of the new gadgets around there is another way….. Work with a coach.

A good coach will help you with many things including confidence and belief in your own shot.  If you are able to have the self confidence that you can shoot well and you have good strong technique, then the equipment, (as long as it set up correctly) will serve you well, and changing it unless absolutely necessary, will be secondary.

When finding a coach you need to take into account a number of points:-

  • Do you trust them? Without trust you will not believe in them and the improvement will be very slow, if any at all.
  • Does the level of the coach matter? I would say yes depending on the level you are shooting.  The experience of the coach will help put over the improvements in many different ways.  Remember not all archers fit into the same box.
  • Is the coach up with the times, or part of Jurassic Park (an old fossil). Archery has come a long way over the last 20 years or so with improvements in psychology, strength and conditioning, shooting techniques etc.  Make sure your coach has an open mind and uses all of the above to help you achieve your goal.
  • A Coaching agreement is in our opinion one of the most important documents to be completed. It’s really important that both parties agree on what is required.  You BOTH have a base to go back to if either side are not pulling their weight.
  • Agree regular meetings – it’s no good having months between each training session with your coach. And by the other end of the spectrum you do not want to be with them every day!  In your agreement set a time and date that suits both parties.


OliDon’t get me wrong I would love you to come in and buy all of the nice new toys that Mr Easton, Mr Hoyt, Mr Matthews etc are offering out year on year, but just take a minute to think through would that hard earned money be better spent on improving the nut behind the bow rather than the bow itself?  If this is something that you would like to look into here at Aim4sport we have:-

  • Propose built indoor training centre.
  • 4 way camera system that will take 4 images of the same shot at the same time.
  • Mirrors for drills and Skills practice.
  • TV playback area to see in detail what is good and what needs to be improved.
  • 18m/20yd indoor range.
  • Full 90m outdoor range.
  • Fully equipped work room.
  • The facilities can be used by archers and coaches alike.
  • Competitive rates.

It’s a great way to improve, and in some cases the improvements can be huge.  It’s worth a go. Invest in yourself; you may be surprised in the results…!

If you have some thoughts on this please do drop us a line at and title your email “Equipment Vs Coaching”, and some of the replies will be posted on line.  Please let us know your thoughts.

Shoot em strong and see you on the shooting line soon.

Build your confidence in archery (or any other hobby)

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re aiming high (pun intended), confidence is a big part of success in archery. Here are some top tips on building your confidence and enjoying the process.

Making the correct form a natural and easy set of movements comes from practicing as often as you can.

The more you know about the theory of archery the more you’ll feel confident about what you’re doing

Small manageable improvements
Setting small manageable targets (written ones not 🎯 ones lol) is a great way to build confidence and help motivate you eg. get on the range at least once a week or read and archery book once a month.

Focus on what you can control
How fast do you improve will depend on a wide range of factors, so focusing on what you can control will help your confidence. You can’t always control your score or how well you shoot. You can control how much time you give to archery and staying on track.

Challenge yourself
Taking yourself slightly outside of your comfort zone will help broaden your experience and give you more confidence when you succeed. Try a competition, a different bow, a coaching session or a different type of shooting round.

Whatever you decide to improve, remember archery is supposed to be fun and a great way to escape from the stresses of work etc. If you need advice or tips, there’s lots of information on our website and our Facebook page.

Fat v Thin, ‘O’ what to shoot indoors.

Fat v Thin, ‘O’ what to shoot indoors.

This is another great topic to put out there which is as old as the hills and has been around since the dawn of time.  Do you change your set up to shoot large diameter arrows indoors, or do you stay with your outdoor set up and just shoot the indoor season?

There are lots of questions you need to ask yourself to see whether it will be worth the change.

The obvious question would be do you value outdoor shooting over indoor shooting?  If this is the case then for the next 6 months you will need to find an all round outdoor ft1shooting venue and go for it.  All of the indoor shooting that you do, will just be part of your arrow count and not worth you changing your set up.  Remember a 10 is a 10 whatever you shoot, so if you put them into the middle of the target, large diameter arrows do not matter!!!

If the indoor season is something that you enjoy shooting, then you have decisions to make.  Let’s have a look at the advantages of shooting with large diameter arrows.  The obvious advantage is that with a larger diameter arrow, you are more likely to get line cutters so therefore your score should improve.

But being able to shoot with larger diameter arrows does come at a price and there are 3 main issues that you will have to face.

  • The first is the cost of the arrows. There are many different makes and versions of arrow, full carbon, aluminium or ali carbon, the cost can be from £60 upwards.  It’s important to find what suits your style of shooting.  Also the type of fletching is equally important; whether plastic, long spin wing, eli vanes, or feathers.  Once you have something that works you can then turn your attention to shooting.
  • Time is the next issue. Practice will be required to test what you have bought.  It may take 2 or 3 attempts to get the right arrow to use.
  • You will also need a new pressure button for your indoor arrows. You don’t want to be in the position of changing the pressure of your only pressure button every time you need to change your arrows to shoot frostbite, or to shoot outdoors.  Keep a spare button then all you do is swop when you need to.

When shooting indoors, a 3 spot face is recommended for maximum benefit.  If you shoot ft2on a single spot you could end up with what we call deflection.  This is where you put 2 arrows close together and the third arrow follows the same path and hits one of the arrows already in the target.  This causes the arrow change direction and the last arrow will land in the blue or worse, and it is likely that one or both of the arrows will be damaged.  This is why a 3 spot face is recommended.

When selecting an arrow for compound it is worth speaking to an outlet with experience in this area.  The arrows that would give you the max diameter may be longer than the outdoor set up and also may require a heavier pile to bring the arrow into spine.  Same for recurve, so make sure you have a good conversation with the outlet so you don’t end up wasting your money on arrows that are not suited to what you are trying to achieve.

So if the difference between fat and thin arrows is marginal, do you really need to change? We would say that it’s up to you.  It’s what gives you the confidence to go out there and shoot big scores and unless you give it a try you will never know….

If you have some thoughts on this please do drop us a line at and title your email “Fat v Thin ‘O’ what to shoot indoors”, and some of the replies will be posted on line.  Please let us know your thoughts.

Shoot ‘em strong and see you on the shooting line soon.

Seminar Tickets On Sale 7pm Monday 1st Oct

Seminar Tickets On Sale 7pm 1/10/18


Yes Tickets for Coach Kim’s Seminar go on sale this coming Monday 1st October at 7pm.  Don’t miss out as the tickets will be offered on a first come first served basis.  The booking button will be added so just click the “Book Now” button at the button of the page and good luck.

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Mentorship Course Now available

Mentorship Course Now available

We will be running a UK Coaching Mentorship course on 14th October at the Aim4sport Training Centre.  Its an all day course and CPD points are available.  The course is sports generic and is a great introduction to mentoring.

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