Powder testing arrows involves coating the vanes and back of shaft in talcum/foot spray powder to test for clearance.

The length of an arrow is measured from the groove in the nock to the end of the shaft. Length of tip is not included.

New archers require a properly fitted bow to experience the pleasure of the sport.

After shooting an arrow, reflect on it. Did you follow all the steps of your shot sequence? It is also a time for muscle recovery.

Don't even start to aim until you have confirmed your anchor position.

The term "stacking" means the increase in poundage recurve archers experience in the last few inches of draw.

A "wand" is a traditional archery target, being a plank six feet tall and two inches wide.

To feel back tension, simply hook the fingers of both hands together, raise elbows to shoulder level and pull hands apart.

The brace height of a bow is the distance between deepest part of the indent of the handle and the bow string.

Different types of glues are used for installing nocks and tips. Consult product instructions.

Depending on the fletching jig you use, a slight offset of the vane will cause the arrow to spin faster, for improved accuracy.

To clean old glue off arrows when re-vaning, use acetone or scrape off with a blunt knife.

If your archery shot sequence is any way disturbed, or you are unhappy with it, best to let down and start again.

Bows put up with a lot of vibration, so checking regularly for any loose screws and bolts is important.

Trying to hold the pin on your target is termed "over aiming". Focussing on consistent technique is more important.

When aiming with a recurve, ensure the position of the string in relationship to the riser (handle) is kept consistent.

Many top compound archers prefer bows with 65% or less let-off.

A compound bow with a draw weight of 50lbs and 75% let-off will result in a holding weight of 12.5lbs.

Statistically, arrows leaving a compound bow flex up an down whilst from a recurve they flex from side to side.

Periodically, it is beneficial to have someone take photos/video of you throughout your shot sequence so that you can check your form.

An "arblist" is a person who shoots a crossbow.

Recurve archers often use kisser buttons for a anchor reference point to improve archery accuracy.

Predraw involves raising your draw elbow above eye/ear level so that you can draw the elbow downwards using back muscles.

At full draw, your wrist should be directly behind your bow hand so that you make the most of the bone on bone line.

Compound bow cam timing should be checked monthly. Timing is often corrected by twisting/untwisting the control cables. Bow press required.

The most common archery accident is falling out of trees. The most common injury is arm bow slap.

When shooting field, consider placing your weight more on your leading foot so that you can tilt up/down from the waist.

Your nocking point should be either level with your arrow rest or fractionally above it.

Try canting your bow slightly into wind when shooting in gusty conditions.

At an archery outdoor tournament, wind conditions effect everyone. Those that can handle the wind win.

To cure target panic, try removing your sights completely and just concentrate on the release. Shoot at close range.

To avoid target panic with a wrist strap trigger release, keep trigger deep in the curl of your finger and pull back with your whole arm.

Outdoor and Indoor FITA shoots require one foot to be behind the shooting line, not both.

Archery is one of the only sports that is suitable for all ages, genders, seasons and physical ability.

After shooting a lot of arrows, concentrating hard and becoming tired, a tendency to lean forward from the waist is often observed.

When shooting from a standing position, make sure your feet are shoulder width apart and that you are standing up perfectly straight.

If your bow is made in the USA you need imperial allen keys. Archery products made in other countries mostly use metric.

On archery compound bows, the large allen keyed bolts at the base of the limbs are used to increase/decrease poundage.

The larger your vane/fletch/feather, the more exposure you have to wind drift. Therefore, always shoot with the smallest practical.

Vanes/fletches/feathers rotate your arrow to provide stability. The thicker/heavier your arrow, the larger vane required to cause rotation.

Once into your shot sequence all distractions must be ignored (e.g. tournament pressure, excitement of the hunt, people talking).

@archeryguy Relatively cheap jewellery scales (with grains) can be bought on eBay to weigh tips (as well as the whole arrow).

The centre of gravity of a bow can be determined by suspending it from one end, then the other, and intersecting vertical lines to ground.

In Australia, judges are permitted to inspect your bow by holding it from the limbs, they are not allowed to hold it from the riser.

Our mens compound archers all shoot with poundages set between 50-60lbs to reach 90 metres (nearly 100 yards) and cut through wind.

A spotting scope used for target archery should have an upwards pointing eye piece so you can look down into it without moving your feet.

A sling (or finger loops) are used to catch your bow after the arrow has been released. You should not be gripping your bow tightly.

When setting up your recurve, always check your nocking point with a bow square.

Compound sight scopes can be bought with various magnifications. 4x and 6x are commonly used for target archery. Try before you buy.

Whenever you draw your bow, for safety, your arrow should be pointing at or slightly below the target.

On compound bows, a D loop assists with keeping the peep in the desired position, a nocking point and reduces stress to your serving.

Stabilizers on target bows are used to set the centre of gravity to the desired position, reduce movement and absorb shock.

You can download a free sight calibration chart from our web site http://rightforu.com.au/arc...

A closed stance reduces the risk of bowarm shoulder injury as you are keeping your bowarm directly in its socket.

Ensure that your scope or pin, when your sight is set to maximum distance, is well clear of your arrow fletches/vanes.

Moving a compound or recurve sight further forward can result in greater accuracy.

Moving a compound or recurve sight back towards the riser increases the sight scale's ability to cope with longer distances.

If you last arrow was a miss, or perfectly central, that arrow is irrelevant. Only your next arrow is important.

The tip of your nose, the side of your face and your peep triangulate to form a consistent anchor point.

A straight bow arm is more efficient than a bent bow arm. Test this by leaning against a wall with your bow arm in both positions.

When removing arrows from a target, make sure nobody can be stabbed by the rear of the arrow.

Arrow crests can be made from off cuts of vinyl available either for free, or at a very low cost, from your local signwriter.

Discarded sleeping bags, pillows and anoraks are all good material for making up home targets as the holes re-heal and repacking is easy.

Gripping your bow too tightly creates torque, often resulting in left/right errors.

When shooting in windy conditions without range flags, watch and listen to any nearby trees for a heads-up on wind gusts.

At full draw, keeping your elbow directly behind your head is not only good form, but reduces exposure to shoulder injury.

It is often recommended that recurve archers spend no more than 3 seconds holding/aiming.

An arrow travelling at 300 feet per second takes less than a second to reach a target 90m (98.424 yds) away.

Sound is a consequence of vibration, so anything loose on your bow will cause sound.

Hunters use a larger peep hole size to increase peripheral vision.

Target archers use the smallest possible peep hole to increase accuracy.

Moving your peep up the string moves your arrow impacts up on the target.

The longbow's length was often equal to the height of the archer.

Compound bows were used at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India in 2011

A quick estimate of your draw length is dividing your height by 2.

If you suffer from target panic, take your mental focus off aiming and concentrate on the release.

You can never over wax your bow string - just rub off the excess.

If you are an archer, you are technically a "toxophilite".