Active or Passive Aiming?

Generally, with Active aiming your sight pin will be in focus and the target will be blurred in the distance.

This method is sometimes used by compound archers who will hold the pin on the target whilst being as steady as possible.

With Passive aiming the target is in focus and your sight pin will be a blur in front of the target.

This is a more relaxed approach allowing the target to be in focus. We’ve found this method works best with an open sight ring.

Mastering any physical skill takes practice

Mastering any physical skill takes practice.

Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? Annie Bosler and Don Greene explain how practice affects the inner workings of our brains.

How to practice effectively TED – ed from Martina Mestrovic on Vimeo.

Warm Ups?

Ive been to many competitions over the years, and Im glad to say more archers are now warming up before shooting. Watch Naomi as she explains how she warms up before , to keep arms, shoulders and lower back mobilised, avoid injury – and shoot higher scores!


Archery Equipment for sale / wanted

If you are interested in any of the items below please contact us 

Carter Honey release aid  – £80

Hot Shot X-Tacy 3-Finger Release Aid – £40

Trophy Taker arrow rest – £40

11 x Easton ACC arrows – spine 3-28 – length 28.5 inches – £50

12 x Easton X7 eclipse arrows – spine 1914 – length 30 inches – £50

11 x Easton Carbon ones – spine 600 – length 30 inches – £50 (SOLD)

10 x Armex arrows – spine 2014 – length 30 inches – £? ask Kenny

9 x Easton Navigator arrows – spine 610 – length 28 inches – £50

Archery GB The Way of the Champion DVD – £5



Grey Goose Archery is not responcible for any of the items listed above. All items are being sold as seen, and are on behalf of others. 



Pressure Button Tension

Ever wondered where to start when first setting up a pressure button..? Try this idea..

Push the button down on a set of kitchen scales and note the point where the plunger just starts to slide into the barrel. Now adjust the buttons spring compression so that at this point the kitchen scale is reading 10-15 ounces (around 280-430 grammes).

Remember, always to avoid having a stiff button spring. Too hard is obvious but too soft and the plunger may slide right into the barrel and your soft spring then becomes a very stiff one.

First Competition

Archery competitions are a great way to meet people and have fun, whilst challenging yourself by scoring a round.
Most archery competitions are open to everyone, have a relaxed atmosphere, and beginners are always encouraged to give it a go. Competitions take place all over the county and you can generally find out where through your local club, counties website, or Archery GB’s website.

A good rule of thArchery competitionsumb is….. Ifyou hit the target consistently at 20 yards, then you’re ready to try a competition. The winter season is a great time to get started as most competitions are based indoors, and the targets are approximately 20 yards away (depending on the round being shot)

For even more information a beginners guide to your first competition has been written by the SCAS Judges Committee… this is well worth a read.

Buying Your First Recurve Bow

Buying your first bow can be a daunting task

When choosing your first bow it is generally price that is the deciding factor, closely followed by the look and feel of the bow. While the look and feel of the bow is a matter of personal taste, we thought it may be helpful to have a guide as to what your money can buy you with two different budgets.

A budget of £150

With a budget of £150 you can get everything you need to get you started in the sport. The wooden takedown bow is the standard choice at this lower budget, giving you the traditional wood feel. However if you fancy a metal riser, the Core Jet Riser has recently become available. A metal riser gives you more weight / stability in the hand, plus a choice of colours.

In addition to the bow itself you would also be able to purchase all of the following within this budget: Screenshot 2016-03-06 07.13.20

Arrow Rest
Opechee Webbing Stringer
Opechee Quick-adjust Bracer
Cartel Ground Quiver
Two-hole Hide Tab
8 Easton Neos Arrows


A budget of up to £350

With a budget of up to £350 you can get good intermediate equipment that will help you progress in the sport. The bow riser will have international limb fitting which allows you to remove the bow limbs easily. This system also allows for upgrading for improved quality and /or draw weight at a later date. A typical bow riser within this budget is the SF Axiom or the Hoyt Excel, and the limbs are either the SF Premium Limbs or the Kaya K1 Limbs.

In addition to the bow itself you would also be able to purchase all of the following within this budget:

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Arrow Rest
Opechee Webbing Stringer
Easton Armguard
Avalon Tec One Quiver
Decut Rugbii Tab
Finger Sling
Cartel Championship Sight+ Case
Avalon Stabiliser
8 Easton Jazz Arrows
Cartel Midas 105 Bowstand
Flex String Twist Keeper
Flex Arrow Puller
Avalon Classic Backpack

Two of the best Compound Drills

My first bow drill is designed to help you focus on aiming. Draw you bow as normal and relax into your anchor point. Place your thumb on the trigger, and apply a little pressure but don’t shoot he bow. Just aim for 5 seconds and then come down.


Do this three to five times, take a break, and do it again, several times. Continue to do this drill for a week without shooting an arrow.

This drill will build up your ability to hold steady on target longer. It also teaches you to focus solely on aiming and to separate this from punching the trigger.



Blank bossMy second drill involves shooting blank-boss.

This drill has been around for a while and all the top archers will spend hours upon hours shooting it. It’s simple.

Get close enough to a blank target that you can’t miss, or use your regular target and close your eyes. Then shoot while concentrating on just one aspect of the shot—the release, form, follow-through anything but aiming.

“It’s great for perfecting a smooth, surprise release, one that you can execute subconsciously.”