Training: Balance

 The three most important features of perfect archery form are Balance, balance ….. and balance!

Standing in archery looks static, but in reality is not because the body is moving forward and backwards(body sway). Archers use visual, proprioceptic (feeling) and vestibular (ear-balance) feedback-loops to control this inherent unstable position and to combat the external disturbances such as wind and wind gusts that add to this instability.

The Archery Balance Trainer is the tool for advanced archery training! One solution is to use the Wii Balanceboard a great little Archery Balance Trainer software <available online> from the makers of the Artemis archery software, a great software item.

The archer’s body needs to be as stable as possible.

The Wii Balanceboard can accurately detect movements of the body center-of-gravity and therefore available in combination with the Archery Balance Trainer software provides the archer and coach with an efficient tool for training exercises tailored for archery balance training. With the audio and rumble feedback

provided by the system, archers can practice keeping and correcting their balance and also train their muscles and central nervous system to quickly and efficiently detect and react to external disturbances like wind and wind gusts. Also, archers can check the consistency of their shooting form, by comparing the center-of-gravity movements from one shot to the other.

You will need a Wii Balanceboard (although this can still be used for other things, plus a WiiMote (Wii remote) that needs to be stuck to an arm guard. [You could tape this to the armguard or use cable ties as a temporary fixing, but if you’re planning to use it regularly, I suggest buying one 2nd-hand on eBay and hot-glue gluing it to the armguard.].