It is still popular today, taken up by people across the world for sport, hunting, or as a hobby. While we don’t hunt with our bows and arrows at Lakewood Lodge (we love our animals!) we provide an informative, safe, and fun archery experience for our visitors.
Benefits of archery:
Archery has numerous physical and mental benefits as a sport. The main physical benefit of archery is improvement of hand-eye co-ordination. Archery is a sport that requires you to be in control of your movements and requires the hands to work together while performing different tasks based on input from your eyes and mind. While doing so, finger and hand muscles increase in strength and flexibility when handling the bow and arrow, from fixing, griping, and pulling. Balance is also paramount to success in archery, as the body must be held still with a good strong posture while aiming and making a shot. With practise, the body core becomes stronger at balancing and helps with more focused and accurate shooting.
Archery is also a sport that requires a lot of patience and concentration to hit the bullseye. With more and more practise, archery can improve and increase ability to critically concentrate and have a quicker response time.
Archery does not discriminate based on skill level or disability. In fact, people with disabilities can shoot from their wheelchairs. So, whatever the participant’s ability is, or whether shooting alone or in a group for socialisation, releasing an arrow, watching it fly, and having it hit the target can improve physical and mental health. But most of all, it’s fun!
Components of archery:
The main two types of bows are recurve bows and compound bows. Compound bows are modernised to allow more accuracy and power from a greater distance, however they are bulkier and more reliant on parts. Here at Lakewood Lodge we use recurve bows. These bows are the more traditional type of bow, are more survivalist, dependent on skillset, lightweight, and easier to use. The components of the recurve bow are simple: the body of the bow itself, the bow string, and the arrow rest. The arrows we use are fletched aluminium arrows, the sturdiest and safest arrows for youths and beginners.
Lakewood Lodge also uses standard polycatenary targets for easy removal of the arrows, with coloured rings displaying different numbered scores from 1 to 10. The centre of the target, known as a ‘bullseye’, ‘eagle eye’, or ‘in the gold’, we classify as 15 points. As a bonus we may have a mini target or balloons placed up, the score to be determined by the instructor at the time.
How to shoot:
As any archery instructor will explain, safety is always paramount. The archery arena is bordered off with yellow rope to indicate the boundary lines, and these are not to be crossed until all arrows have been fired and the bows are returned to the instructor. When loading and aiming, the bow must always be facing the target direction to ensure no accidental firing or injury occurs.