Once you reach the full draw, the bowstring or/and your draw hand will contact a position on your face. This contact point is the anchor point. However, amateur archers can’t maintain the same anchor point for multiple shots.
For this reason, knowing how to choose the best anchor point for drawing a bow and keeping its consistency is crucial to improve your performance in archery. We won’t waste your time anymore. Let’s check the guide out.
How To Choose The Best Anchor Point For Drawing A Bow?
#1. Keep Your Release Consistent
Firstly, you have to focus on the way you create the release with your draw hand. Besides, anytime you set your release, be sure that it will be on a fixed spot. You can draw a bow with an optimal anchor point with your release hand by following this way.
In contrast, if you don’t position the release in your hand identically between shots, the draw form and length won’t be stable. Consequently, you will get inconsistent shots with different results.
On the other hand, when you get accustomed to carrying out the non-index releases, you can get a decent result by marking your release. Thanks to this method, you don’t have to waste your time figuring out the last spot you have placed your release on.
If you rely on a wrist strap for index releases, you should focus on these notes to attain a decent anchor point. At first, your index finger has to maintain an appropriate distance to the trigger, and this distance should be consistent. To avoid sliding, you can create an additional hole on the wrist strap. With this extra hole, the strap can fit any snug and then prevent sliding.
Once again, we want to emphasize that if you can place the release in your draw hand comfortably and repeatedly, you can get more consistency between shots. Furthermore, you should maintain the contact point of the face and the bow stably through multiple draws for better accuracy.
#2. Adjust Your Draw-Hand And Face Anchor On The Same Direction
Apart from the release placement, another anchor point you should focus on is the contact point between your draw hand and the points on your face. Firstly, you have to decide how you will use your draw hand, and then choose a specific point to associate it with a fixed point on your face. By doing this, you can keep the consistency between shots.
Many archers regard this “draw hand to face” anchor as one of the most repeatable and comfortable anchors due to its simple manipulation. What’s more, if you can create bone to bone connection, the consistency within shots can be greater and more stable.
Two factors will affect the “draw hand to face” anchor point: the surgical structure of your face and the release style you opt for. For instance, if you take on the index trigger release style, you may want to set the contact point of your draw hand, and your face’s point is the position between the ear lobe and the pointer finger knuckle.
Or else, in case you go for the handheld release, you can try to opt for the anchor point that is the contact point of some knuckles and the area around the jaw.
#3. Bowstring On Face’s Points
You can utilize the bowstring as a decent anchor point. To set up this anchor point, You just have to position the bowstring on your face’s point. You can take advantage of two common face points to make “bowstring to face” anchors.
The first one is the nose’s tip, and the other is the mouth’s corner. Using these face points, you will find it effortless to align the bow to your face identically regardless of how many shots you carry out.
#4. Set An Appropriate Peep Sight
No matter how optimal your anchor point is, it may be useless if you don’t combine the anchor point with a decent peep sight. For this reason, once you finish picking an appropriate anchor point, you should alter your peep sight so that your vision can be clear without any hindrance. Executing the peep sight adjustment until you notice that it has embraced all the sight housing. At this time, your peep sight is perfect.
When you have completed the anchor-selecting and peep sight adjusting process, it’s time for you to draw the bow to your face and close your eyes. At this stage, your feelings will play a crucial role. Only opening your eyes when you feel that the bow has been in a perfect position for the anchor. By that, we mean you can see clearly via the peep sight.
Although peep sight is not a physical anchor point like the three ones above, an excellent peep sight will play a validator for anchor points. Anytime you can acquire a proper peep sight, you can be sure that other anchor points are also located on the same spots of your face. On the contrary, if your peep sight is not clear, it means that you haven’t achieved consistency in anchoring.
How To Practice To Get The Best Anchor Point?
To attain the best anchor points and keep their consistency, you should concentrate on practicing these elements below:
#1. Stability And Comfort
The stability or consistency will ensure that your anchor points will be on the identical spot between different shots. On the other hand, comfort will improve your confidence and the accuracy of your shots.
To get the comfort and stability in making anchor points, the only method is to keep practicing with a lot of hard work. You have to be ready for hours of repeating the same movement.
#2. Limit Your Facial Pressure
When you impose too much pressure on your face, it may lead to face distortion. Consequently, you will have difficulty placing the anchor on the same spot on every shot. To cope with this problem, you should practice lightly placing the bowstring on your face.
#3. Remember Your Saddle
The saddle is the position between your lower jaw and your cheek. When placing the arrow here, you can prevent it from making too much contact with your facial hair and minimize your facial pressure.
To exactly find where your saddle is, you should look up a more specific tutorial about this topic and practice resting the arrow there.
Having an optimal anchor point plays a significant role in increasing the accuracy and consistency of your draw. Therefore, before going any further in archery, you should know how to choose the best anchor point for drawing a bow.
The four ways we have shared with you are the most common methods that you can opt for to get your perfect anchor point. Keep pushing yourself, and hard work will pay off.