Glove Story!

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Where do I begin..?

Both Ann and I are getting serious about our Friday-night Archery Classes, and it was therefore time to start investing in some kit of our own.

So, earlier in the week, after some recommendations, we took the short drive to the local Archery Shop in Burton Latimer – TargetCraft – to begin stocking-up.

But I’m glad we got some directions beforehand, because you’d never find it ‘just by driving’ – even with a Sat Nav! Wow! This ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ for Archers, was naturally stocked with everything we needed, plus a whole lot more!! 😁

Time then NOT to be tempted by those shiny, shiny multi-coloured bows, precision-built arrows and everything in between – but stick rigidly to our small list (at least for today!)

Mission accomplished in that we only spent a tad over Β£30! Most useful acquisition of all – a guard for each of us to protect the inner-arm from the bow-string slicing into flesh on release! (and it certainly does, especially with novices like us!). Ouch! 😫

No, not something from a Medieval torture kit…

Secondly, a glove for me to ease the pressure on the fingers when drawing a Longbow.

Steve had spotted TWO reasons why an Archery Glove doesn’t work as Winter-wear! 😁

4.45pm: Nicki arrived, and is staying with us for most of the weekend. We took her along as a spectator for tonight’s archery adventure, ensuring that she positioned herself in a safe place (in front of the target, in my case!)

6.15pm: We each did our own thing tonight, and even Nicki had a go!

Perhaps not one of my most productive evenings as Dave, my Coach was later arriving, but as they say: “every day is a school-day” and even with the lack of shooting opportunities, I picked up some useful tips! 😁

Long(bow) Story Short! 😁

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So, with Friday here again, it’s time for our weekly Archery Lessons courtesy of Kettering Archers. For me, tonight is extra special as I’ve traded-up to a proper English Longbow! – and it came with some expert coaching from one of KA’s experienced Bowmen, Dave.

Although it’s perfectly possible to use the Longbow for target shooting, the alternative is something called ‘Clouting‘ where the objective is to land the arrow as close to the flag (the ‘clout’) as possible by shooting upwards into the air. Safe to say, that on this occasion, the flag was pretty safe from my shooting accuracy ! Anyway, this week was about technique (well, that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it!)

Mine are just out of the picture (by about a quarter of a mile!)

Because the Longbow is more powerful than the reflex/practice bow I’ve been using up until now, the distance travelled is a lot greater – at least twice as far – so I get a weekly walk as part of the deal too! 😊. Typically, the practice bow has been anything from a 14 pounder up to around 24, whereas the English Longbow that I’m using is around a 40 pounder – as a result, it’s tough just to draw it and the correct technique is a must! Distance-wise, my arrows are now travelling around 170 yards, but I’m told that I still need to work on that all-important technique and Dave helpfully filmed me in action, providing much constructive feedback afterwards.

Be afraid, be VERY afraid!

Consequently, I’m now a complete ‘saddo’ and criticising ANY film that features a bowman – Lord of the Rings, Robin Hood, Game of Thrones to name but a few! They make it look so easy!!! “Wrong posture!”, “Incorrect drawing of the bow!”, “How do you expect to hit anything, holding the bow like that?”. I’m so critical now I know what’s what! (ish)

I am, however, (still) great fun at parties!! 😴😴😴😴😴

More of the same next week – watch out flag, I’m coming for you!!! 😁