How high up should the target be for archery?

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How high up should the target be for archery?
More than 10,000 field archery competitions take place worldwide each year. (Archery targets and electronic results display image by Rony Zmiri from Fotolia.com)

While archery dates back at least 2,000 years, no firmly established rules exist on factors such as the correct placement of targets. Professional organisations such as the International Field Archery Association advise that each professional archery event have its own rules and guidelines. Another factor centres on whether the event takes place indoors or outdoors. If you attend a professional event, check the official event rules.

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Professional rules

While archery dates back at least 2,000 years, no firmly established rules exist on factors such as the correct placement of targets. Professional organisations such as the International Field Archery Association advise that each professional archery event have its own rules and guidelines. Another factor centres on whether the event takes place indoors or outdoors. If you attend a professional event, check the official event rules.

How high up should the target be for archery?
The IFAA estimates more than 20 million archery enthusiasts worldwide. (archery image by Vladislav Gajic from Fotolia.com)

Casual archery

No widely accepted guideline exists for the placement of targets for casual archers. However, manufacturers recommend placing targets at about a 15 degree angle with the centre of the target located 1.2 m (48 inches) off the ground.

How high up should the target be for archery?
Even the very young can enjoy archery. (boy archer three image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

Bottom line

Despite the lack of an industry consensus for the placement of archery targets, the 1.2 m (48 inch) height is the most commonly used height. In the end, it all depends on whether you shoot at a professional event or simply practice in your back garden for fun.

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