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Chapter V

Shooting

Part 2 of 4

Now, to a matter of continual controversy—the point of aim. The trajectory is the height of the curve of the arrow above a direct line from the shooter's eye to the target. This is determined by two things: first, the cast of the bow; second, the loose of the archer.

Weather conditions may cause the bow to lose or gain cast, and we seldom find the point of aim the same on different days. After a few experimental shots, over a given distance, you can locate the point of aim exactly.

Then, shooting accurately is a matter of sighting along the shaft in a line with the center of the target, and when the arrow is full drawn, the point of the arrow should be right on the point of aim—a spot on the ground, or lower part of the target, on a line with the center of the target. A golf ball laid in the grass can be adjusted to act as a point of aim in shooting and is easily seen. Summing up, here are the points to keep in mind for good shooting: first, the bow arm must not waver at the instant of release; second, the loose must be a perfect one; third, the point of aim must be in the correct place; and fourth, the arrow must be properly drawn.

Review these four points often and practice regularly.

Illustration IV. On the firing line
Illustration IV. On the firing line
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Illustration V. Aim
Illustration V. Aim
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