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Bow International

Bow International

Issue 146

Bow International is the world's only specialist target archery print magazine, and within each issue you'll find news and reviews, new gear, technique, advice and tips; plus exclusive interviews from the world's greatest archers.

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4 Min.
rising phoenix

Rising Phoenix, the feature-length documentary released in August 2020 on Netflix, will stand as an important milestone in the Paralympic movement. It’s a high-gloss, dramatic celebration of the power of sport to transform lives. If you have the streaming service at home, it is well worth a couple of hours of your time. Obviously, it was planned to coincide with the Tokyo competition this year but, of course, we’ll all have to wait another 12 months for that. In the meantime, filmmakers Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui have produced a piece of work that casts para-athletes as literal superhumans. There are a few nods to Marvel movies in this. The subtext is clear; these are the real superheroes. Bookended by the scarred, otherworldly figure of Italian fencer Bebe Vio, wandering around what…

11 Min.
foolproof recurve tuning

Learning how to tune your bow can feel like navigating through a minefield of settings which all affect each other. There are endless parameters you could change, but how do you know which ones you should change? And in which order? Many intermediate or even advanced archers are left second-guessing whether their tune is correct. I want to show you the simplest, most robust method to finally feel confident with your tune. I also want to give you a toolbox of tuning tests that you can use for years to come. A few are a little more involved, but once you've done them once or twice, they will quickly become second nature. Let’s start by looking at why we’re tuning in the first place, and by setting some ground rules. THE GOAL OF…

11 Min.
compoud: micro tuning

We all know the merits of shooting a well tuned set up, but how much do you really know about the finer points of compound tuning? Micro-tuning is often overlooked but it’s an important part of your set-up procedure, especially when you haven’t been able to practice or compete much. If you’re feeling a bit rusty a highly tuned bow can often save the day and help you find you those precious few points you need. In this guide you’ll find some of the more overlooked micro-tuning methods you can use to boost your post-lockdown performance. Micro tuning comes after your initial equipment tune, so it’s important you carry out a basic set-up before you start. This means that you should make sure that your cams are in sync and your…

6 Min.
barebow & longbow

TUNING FOR STRINGWALKING. BY JOE PARKER Fully tuning a barebow for field and target stringwalking may take some time depending on your experience level. The main issue with string walking is that it continually changes the tiller, and thus the cast of your bow, because as you move your hands up and down the string, the limbs will not do the same amount of work. You might not spot this if you shoot two targets a metre apart, but if you go from 60m to 10m the difference will be obvious. In field, the majority of the shots lie between approximately 22 and 30 metres in the barrow class. So tuning this distance as close to perfection as possible would be the most valuable. For shorter and longer shots a compromise would…

9 Min.
let’s all go to the olympics: part 2

In part one in Bow issue 145, we explored all the reasons why you would want to take on this challenge; working towards achieving the Olympic qualifying score (WA70 Men 640 Women 605) without giving up everything else in your life. We also looked at how to go about making a plan to achieve it. This time we will identify the critical areas of your bow set up and technique that are most likely to be costing you points, and by eliminating them increase your chances of meeting your goal. At all levels of our sport, points are lost by archers shooting bows which are not set up correctly and/or taking those shots that we know we shouldn’t. All of the errors we will look at are relevant to archers regardless of…

8 Min.
medieval arrow transport

Archery and Hollywood – not often a great combination. Particularly when it comes to quivers, film-makers can’t seem to resist the urge to place them on the actors’ backs, where the arrows will rattle, be prone to falling out or getting caught in overhanging trees, and have to be pulled out blindly over the shoulder in a long and cumbersome motion. Ever since Errol Flynn’s ’Robin Hood’ (1938), the leather back quiver appears to have been a favourite accoutrement for ’medieval archers’ in film and television. However, there is absolutely no historical evidence for its use in Europe during the Middle Ages. Most probably, real medieval archers were well aware of the disadvantages of carrying their precious arrows on their back and thus out of sight. A variety of means to…