CTRA Writtle Field

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get started in archery?

    • There are a number of ways to start off in archery. Sometimes you will come across have-a-go archery sessions at school fetes or country shows. Often holiday destinations such as holiday parks offer archery as a daily activity. This is a common way for many to get their taste for the sport.
      If you want want to give archery a decent chance then going on a beginners course at your local club or archery shop is a good idea. Here you will be able to use loan equipment and get some good advise from experienced staff, coaches or archers. When you've completed your course you will know if it's something you want to continue with.
      You can usually find your local club using an Internet search engine or, for those in the UK, the Archery GB find a club link: https://www.archerygb.org/shoot-compete/shoot/find-a-club/

  • Is archery safe to do?

    • Archery is perfectly safe to do if the rules of shooting are followed. These rules are covered in a beginners course before you shoot your first arrow. As with most things, common sense goes a long way, but after that we follow certain rules, the key one being that all archers, spectators, and even animals, are behind the waiting line before a field captain indicates it is safe to shoot. Bows with nocked arrows are only drawn at the shooting line after the field captain has allowed shooting to proceed. Shooting stops when the the field captain indicates. If there is a danger, such as someone walking into the shooting field then we shout FAST. When you hear fast you must immediately lower your bows and wait until instructed to continue.

  • What are the different types of bow?
    • There are a number of bow types, the common ones being Recurve, Compound and Longbow. In competition these bows are not shot against each other due to the difference in their capabilities and advantages one type will have over the other.

      • Recurve bows get their name from their shape. The ends of the limbs curve away from the archer, towards the target, giving the bow much more power than a  a longbow. Compared to longbows, recurve bows do not need as much strength from the archer to shoot and can be held steady for longer before releasing the arrow. The precision of the a recurve bows manufacture  also mean that they are
        Bear bow recurve bows consist of just the handle, ofter called a riser, the top and bottom limbs, an arrow rest, and a string. Often archers will equip their bows with an adjustable sight, a long rod and side rods for stabilisation.

      • Compound bows use cams, pulleys and cables to allow an archer to hold onto a draw weight at full draw that, due to the mechanical advantage of the bow, is lower than the equivalent release weight of the bow. These bows are more energy efficient than recurve bows and tend to be much more accurate. Compound bows are complex and often rely on experienced staff at archery shops to set them up. Another advantage compound bows have over recurve is that, in competition, a release aid is permitted and helps ensure a more accurate and consistent release.

      • Longbows are the oldest types of bows dating back to the 1200's. They consist only of a long piece of curved wood and a string. They tend to be the same height as the archer and are less accurate than the other bow types. Although it takes a lot of practice to master the longbow, it is respected in the archery community and a good choice for those who want a challenge.
  • What bow should I buy?

    • Many beginners start with a club owned recurve bow. From our observations of archery clubs and tournaments, most will tend to stick with recurve, although you are likely to be influenced by your fellow archers and possibly the competitions or teams you may take part in. Compound archers tend to have started with recurve and chose to move to compound because of its more technically advanced capability. Compound is a great choice for field archery as the bows are more compact and well suited for this type competition. Longbow archers will also have likely started with recurve but moved to longbow attracted to this more traditional style.

  • Am I too young to start archery?

    • Various clubs will have

  • Am I too old to start archery?
  • Is archery expensive?

    • can be
  • Do I need to dress like Robin Hood?

    • If you want

  • Am I a right or left handed archer?
  • Can I go hunting with a bow?
  • Can I do archery if I have a disability?
  • Can I do a beginners course?
  • Do I have to buy my own equipment?
  • I've seen a bow on ebay, should I buy it?
  • Can I just borrow my friends bow?
  • I see that there are wood, metal alloy and carbon bows available. Which is best?
  • Isn't is just as simple as the more you spend, the better the equipment, and then the higher the scores?
  • Who is the governing body for archery?
  • How are arrows scored?
  • What is bow tuning?
  • What is draw length?
  • What is draw weight?