Have you ever wondered what the most common and useful archery terms are?
While the greatest part of archery is the act of shooting the bow and arrow, there are also other important things to consider. Learning how to communicate with other archers and knowing the names of the most important equipment and techniques is also going to be extremely important.
I felt that it was important to talk about the most important and useful terms in archery. I think this is similar to being a musician and leering the names of the notes and the chords o your instrument. This allows you to communicate properly with other musicians and to understand the process of making music.
This is the reason why I created this post to help archers who are getting started and want to understand the language that is used by archers.
A list of the most useful archery terms
The process of pointing the arrow in any position or target that you wish to hit, is what we all know as the aim.
This is the material that most archers out there are using to make their arrows. There are also compound bows that are made with this material.
The position of your drawing hand when you place it near a specific place on your face.
The flexing effect produced by an arrow when it comes out of the bow.
This is going to protect the bow arm from the slap of the bowstring when you take a shot.
A material glued to the side of the bow in order to provide protection from the friction of each shot.
This is the body of the arrow and it is made out of wood, carbon, aluminum and a combination of both.
This is the Archery Shooters Association
This is the Archery Trade Association
This is the name for a bow that includes a strip that is glued to the back to provide even more strength.
These are the arrowhead points that have a backward projection.
This is the traditional style of shooting without a stabilizer or release aid.
An arrow that has a point that has not been sharpened and is unable to penetrate targets.
This is a projectile for a crossbow and it is also known as a quarrel.
This arm holds the bow when you take a shot
You attach a reel to a bow when you are planning to do any fishing.
This device is installed to give archers more accuracy for aiming.
A strap attached to the wrist of the archer and to the bow to keep the bow from falling to the ground.
This is the name of the traditional piece of wood used to make bows.
This string is drawn back to take a shot.
This is the name of a person that makes bows.
This is the distance between the pivot point and the string.
This is a sharp and very deadly arrow point used for the purpose of hunting.
The compound bow has a limb that comes with a pulley, that pulley is known as the cam.
Holding the bow left or right is the cant technique.
A strong material used in modern archery for bows and arrows.
The power of a bow to send an arrow flying to a distance.
A material used to protect the string from wearing out.
A marker used to pinpoint the location of a long-range shot.
A fletch with a different color to signal proper arrow alignment.
A bow made by laminating several materials together.
A durable material to make bowstrings.
This happens when the drawing hand stays at the anchor point after the release of the bowstring.
This is the process of pulling the arrow back with the bowstring to take a shot.
This arm holds the bowstring and the arrow.
This is the deflection of the arrow caused by the wind.
The part of the string that fits over the nock on the bow.
The most powerful medieval bow
The side of the bow that is facing the archer. Also known as the belly.
A powerful synthetic material used to make durable bowstrings.
A powerful material to create bows and arrows.
Outdoors shooting at targets placed at different distances.
A very strong and heavy arrow that is ideal for hunting purposes.
An arrowhead used for practice as well as hunting for small targets.
This is the string height and you calculate this by the distance between the bowstring and the bow handle.
This bow is non-recurve and the cross section is rectangular.
A twisted string that uses to bundles of string that come in different colors.
The attached of feathers, rubber or plastic vanes to any arrow.
Someone who makes and installs fletches on arrows.
This rest is attached to the bow’s riser.
Any arrow that uses two types of wood for the shaft.
Once the drawing hand reaches the anchor point, there is a full draw.
The shooting glove that protects the fingers.
The strength used to hold the bow in position.
A grounded device used to hold arrows and bows.
The art of Korean Archery
The center of the bow.
This is a short bow made in Japan.
The pressure exerted with the bow’s heel on the lower portion of the grip.
An archer that shoots while mounting a horse.
The part of the arrow that is attached to the nock.
International Bowhunting Organization
A target with spring wired meant to find it with ease.
Strong material that is also lightweight and used for bowstrings.
This button is used for proper location of your anchor point.
The art of Japanese Archery.
A bow with several layers of different materials.
The arrow that is most often used with compound bows.
When you draw your bowstring and then return from the full draw without shooting.
A small level to indicate the bow is in full vertical position.
When parts of the bow are bended above and below the riser.
A rubber with the shape of a mushroom that reduces vibrations.
A slot in the top and bottom of the bow riser
A very tall bow considered the true traditional archery bow.
A woven end on the bowstring that fits in the bow nocks.
The weight of the bow
The backstop of a target.
An arrow with blades that open upon impact.
The art of drawing the bow with the thumb
The notch on the read end of an arrow.
A device used to indicate the location for the arrow on the string.
A small attachment to mark the nocking point.
A bowstring that is too short for a bow.
A rounded shaped fletch
The peak draw weight of a compound bow.
A metal or plastic device used to help aim your shots.
The very center of a bow.
The arrowhead or front end of an arrow.
The container used for arrows. It can be worn on the back, the waist and grounded.
A bow that has tips that curve away from the archer.
A bow with the handle and he limbs curving away from the archer.
Firing an arrow
A device that releases the arrow
A device that holds the arrow against the handle.
The section of the bow that you grip.
The process of shooting a specific number of arrows at a target.
An arrow with a padded tip.
A bow sight that includes a magnifying lens.
A bow that is made with a single piece of material.
Instinctive shooting without pausing to aim.
The stiffness of an arrow
The positioning of your feet and body when taking a shot.
A patch made of leather that protects the archer’s fingers.
The name given to archery equipment
A bow that can easily be taken apart and limbs detached.
A tool that tapers wooden shafts for both nock and point.
A general Term for the destination of an arrow.
The part of the target meant to be shot at.
A fletch made of any material other than feathers.
The adjustment of the bow sight
A medieval device that pulls the string on a crossbow.
A type of mounted archery practiced in Japan.
There are many terms related to archery, some are common and some are not, but as an archer, you must be familiar with most of them, there are some terms that will literaly change your life.