Check out this slow motion archery footage and you'll be blown away by what you can learn.
Archery is a graceful sport. The beautiful arc of a fully drawn bow, the quiet thump after the string is released, and the elegant arc of the arrow as it soars through space before it striking the intended target all exemplify poetry in motion. It simply creates an ambience that intrigues our mind. Don't believe me? Toss a bow and a few arrows into a group of kids and I'll guarantee they'll be shooting before long. It's something buried deep into our psyches.
Take the natural grace of archery, combine it with slow motion video technology, and you have something spellbinding.
Watch this video compilation of slow motion archery footage to see what I'm talking about.
How cool was that?
Not only is it fun to watch, but we can learn a ton about our bows and arrows from the footage.
The archer's paradox is one element this video captures extremely well. In archery safety classes, beginners archery tutorials, and the like, we always learn about archer's paradox. We learn the arrow bends and flexes as it leaves the string. It's one thing to read about it in a book, and a completely different thing to actually see it happening. While there are a bunch of great clips of this, the clip at around 5:20 is fantastic.
Another aspect of this video I found incredibly interesting was the impact on the stabilizers. It was amazing to see how much energy those long target archer stabilizers soaked up after the shot.
This video is also great for teaching about proper arrow selection. We all know not to dry fire a bow. It's usually the first thing you learn before even pulling the string back. What some people don't realize though is why you don't dry fire a bow. Dry firing releases all the stored up energy back into the bow itself rather than the arrow jettisoned downrange. This can cause serious damage to the bow.
What does this have to do with arrow selection? If you routinely shoot an arrow that is too light for your setup, you will damage your equipment. The reason being that energy not soaked up by the light arrow will be transferred into the limbs of your bow. Watch the traditional archer at 4:50 to see the excessive limb movement after the shot. I won't venture a guess as to whether his arrows are too light, but it does prove that left over energy will be transferred to your bow.
Not only does this slow motion archery footage have a cool factor worth noting, but the educational value to young archers is exceptional as well.