How to Stand to Shoot a Longbow

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How to Stand to Shoot a Longbow
Longbows require a longer draw than with most recurve or compound bows. (Kim Steele/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Longbows were traditionally used for hunting and for combat. The English longbow in medieval times was a powerful weapon in the hands of a skilled archer. Often, the end result of a volley of arrows was very destructive to opposing forces. In order to shoot a longbow effectively, your shooting stance must be correct. Learning how to stand to shoot a longbow can be accomplished with little difficulty.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Stand at your preferred shooting distance from the target. Typically a distance of 25 feet is ideal for initial practice. If you normally hunt with a longbow, stand at your preferred hunting range.

  2. 2

    Position your body perpendicular to the target. Square your non-dominant hip and shoulder with the target. If right-handed, this is your left hip and shoulder.

  3. 3

    Position your feet shoulder width apart. Ensure that your feet are parallel to one another, and perpendicular to the target. Imagine there is a horizontal line parallel to the target face. This is where you place your lead foot. Keep your legs straight. You're now ready to draw your longbow.

Tips and warnings

  • Some longbow shooters prefer to bend their knees slightly. This is typically performed by longbow shooters with a great deal of experience.
  • Never point a bow and arrow at anything tat you do not intend to shoot or kill.
  • Use extreme caution when handling arrows.

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