Let’s call this picture the beginning. I was struggling with my anchor for weeks. I just couldn’t get exactly where I needed to be. I kept feeling as if I were fighting an invisible ghost (that happens a lot to me) – some nebulous “something” that wasn’t correct but that I couldn’t diagnose. The alignment of the string during the draw wasn’t correct. It would end up on the left side of my nose and mouth, at my left eye. But with how I shoot, it should be lining up center / center right.
What was going wrong?
I thought it was my head. If I lifted my chin and strained against tight neck muscles to make sure I had my chin lined up over my left shoulder, I could almost fix the problem. Almost, but not quite.
So during my last lesson we worked on diagnosing the problem. I was straight, my head did need to be turned a little more. Nothing huge to fix. So Coach said “just draw back as far as you can, then anchor. See where the anchor falls”. I had, of course, been anchoring under my chin. Turns out my draw length has lengthened again in the time I’ve been shooting. I needed to be anchoring at the back of the jaw.
I am short. My draw length was measured last fall at something like 25 1/2 inches. Standard measurement is 28″. So you can imagine my elation when we made the realization that my draw length is now longer!!! I don’t have the new measurement yet. But if I can be hitting 27 inches that would be fantastic!
So, I started anchoring at the back of my jaw. The string lined up over my right eye, center on nose, slightly right on lips. WOOT! And. Suddenly. My groups got tighter.
Talk about tightening up the circle!
After the lesson I sidled over to the 18m lane to continue working on the new anchor point.
I suffered a few bow arm issues that sent one arrow into the red. But do you see the other two? That’s gold, baby!
I still need to fine tune my sight. But I can’t really do that until my anchor is a little more consistent and settled. A few more days of practice should let me be consistent enough to know what, if any, changes need to be made to my sight settings. But I’m so happy that the changes to me yielded such immediate results!