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Archery – A Sport for Everyone

Archery – A Sport for Everyone

Archery, the art of using a bow to shoot arrows at a target, is one or the oldest precision sports still practiced today. Its origins date back to prehistoric times when the bow and arrow were used to hunt. Today, competitive archery is enjoyed in many different forms.

Archery is a sport for all seasons and for all people whatever their age, gender or level of physical ability. It is also a very versatile sport since it can be as simple or as involved as the archer wishes.

“A sport of mankind that you don’t have to be an athlete to excel in”

Phuket Archery Club was founded in order to allow those interested in archery to get together and share their experiences as well as to develop their archery skills and promote the sport to people in Phuket.

The range at Phuket Archery Club consists of a piece of open grass surrounded by a metal fence on two sides and a building on the left. Set up in this space are 16 target ranges at various distances from the covered firing area. The club caters for anyone interested in archery and can be attended by children who are aged 9 years or older.

There’s also a shop at the club which offers a range of bows & arrows, finger guards, arm guards and quivers for those who want to get really serious about things.

Archery – A Sport for Everyone

The club has plenty of equipment for hire, and this along with using the range, is available at a very reasonable price. All you pay is 200 baht for the use of the equipment, and 50 baht for the range, and you get an hour to happily twang away. The club will even throw in free lessons for those who’ve never done it before. If you have your own equipment, you pay just 50 baht an hour for using the range, or there’s a deal where you can pay 300 baht a month and get the use of the range at 20 baht an hour.

Phuket Archery Club is located on Ong-Sim-Pai Road in Phuket Town, right in the middle between Sritong Gold Shop and the Triumph Shop. If you are coming from Phuket Grocery (on your left hand side) just keep going and turn left after the gold shop. Parking spaces are available.

Mon – Fri noon – 7.30pm
Sat – Sun 10.30am – 7.30pm

Tel: +66 (0) 81 979 5680 or +66 (0) 81 797 9655

Archery Basics

Archery is a sport in which participants use a bow to shoot arrows at a target, which has ten concentric circles. The score of each arrow depends upon where it lands on the target. The highest score, a ten, is achieved by shooting an arrow into the center, or bullseye. Scores go down from nine for the next circle out to one for the outermost circle, whilst missing the target means you score zero. For indoor compound archery, a ten is scored only when the arrow lands inside the inner ten ring.

After the final arrow has been shot, the arrows are scored. The number of hits (non-zero scores), tens and Xs (hits within the inner ten ring) are also recorded for the purpose of breaking ties in the final scores.

Archery – A Sport for Everyone

Types of Bows

Recurve or Olympic: The only type of bow allowed in Olympic competition, as yet. Its limbs curve away from the archer. This is the direct descendant of the bows of antiquity, differing only in the materials used and refinements. The force required to pull a recurve bow increases directly with the distance pulled.

Compound: This bow uses cams and cables to make the holding weight less than half of the draw weight. These bows are favored by bow hunters because of their greater accuracy, flatter arrow trajectory and their ease of use. Beginners are often referred to the recurve bow to start with, because it has a variable draw length, better string angle for drawing with the fingers and because it is a better tool for learning proper form and technique. Mastery of the recurve bow results in better muscle tone and overall archery habits; once that is accomplished the compound bow represents a leap forward in ease of use and force. Also, a compound bow is built for a particular draw length, which may not be easily changed. Growing bodies will grow out of compound bows swiftly in the teen years.

Archery Benefits

Perhaps what is so appealing about archery is its easiness and accessibility to just about everyone. Almost every age group can participate and enjoy this sport. While it is a fun sport, it is also physically demanding. By playing archery, you are increasing not only strength but also focus, flexibility, and attention skills. It is relatively inexpensive if you just want to play for fun. If, however, you want to play for competition, then the price can jump quite high and take up a lot of your time.

Remember this; archery is not about winning or losing. The ultimate goal of an archer is to enjoy playing the game for what it is, not just for winning. The archer should focus more on improving himself than trying to beat other people. Once you realize this, then, archery becomes a lot more fun.

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