Glossary of Archery Terms
This archery glossary is still very much a work in progress.
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|Protective arm covering for bow-arm. Usually plastic, metal or leather.
|An arrow without fletchings.
|A bow with no sight or aiming devices.
|An arrow that strikes the target and then falls to the ground.
|Device used to measure the draw-weight of a bow
|Device used to measure bracing height and nocking-point position.
|One who makes bows.
|Distance between string and pivot–point of the bow (or pressure button).
|Arrow point used in hunting. V-shaped with two or more cutting edges.
|Backstop behind target face, usually straw or foam.
|Spring-loaded button. Used to absorb some of the sideways force of the arrow after release.
|Eccentric pulley found on compound bows.
|Protective clothing used to prevent string catching on clothes or body.
|Metal or plastic device. Produces audible click when arrow is at full draw.
|Archery competition where archers shoot at a peg in the ground.
|Non-recoverable elongation unlike stretch which is basically elasticity or recoverable elongation
|Coloured markings on the arrow shaft.
|Bow with eccentric pulleys and cables allowing high bow weights, but low weight at full-draw.
|Pulling the bowstring.
|The distance between the string and the pivot point at full draw.
|Weight held by archer at full draw.
|A specified number of arrows (usually 3, 4 or 6) shot between scoring.
|Target – usually made from paper or card.
|Archery shot in wooded course.
|Movement of arrow from side to side during flight.
|Archaic term referring to the Bracing height of the bow (which was often measured by using a fist with the thumb extended)
|Federation Internationale de Tir a L’Arc. International target archery federation.
|The traditional longbow string with the loops made in the same manner as a rope, by twisting and splicing, rather than being a continuous strand of string material with the loops formed by serving. Can be used with recurves, but not recommended.
|The feathers or coloured plastic “wings” attached towards the rear of an arrow.
|Device used to hold arrow and fletchings to ensure consistent positioning while the glue is drying.
|Archery shooting for maximum distance.
|Large spiral fletching designed to slow arrow down quickly.
|Device pushed into ground to ensure consistent foot position.
|Front of centre – the balance point of the arrow when the point is fitted.
|Using the distance between the arrow and the target as an elevation gauge.
|Centre of the target (it is often coloured yellow).
|Gold shyness / Gold fever
|See Target Panic.
|Several arrows shot close together.
|Small plastic device attached to the string for alignment with mouth at full draw.
|Where hand is placed on riser. Often plastic or wooden.
|The lady in charge of an archery tournament. An honorary position only.
|The energy-storing portion of the bow above and below the riser.
|Single-piece bow. Traditional archery.
|Portion of the string that is strung around the limb tip.
|The action of releasing the string.
|High-speed movement of arrow from side to side during flight. (Indicative of poor clearance)
|Plastic device at the end of an arrow in which the string is placed.
|Position on the string at which the nock is located.
|Device used to permit archers to use arrows shorter than their normal draw length.
|Paradox (archer’s paradox)
|The way the arrow bends around the riser on release.
|Maximum weight held by archer whilst drawing the bow.
|Position on grip farthest from the string.
|The pointed metal device inserted at the tip of the arrow.
|Movement of arrow up and down during flight.
|Rubber mat used to protect hands and provide grip when pulling arrows.
|Bow with limbs that curve away from the archer.
|Pouch, usually worn around the waist or placed on the ground, used to hold arrows and other accessories.
|A wire or plastic device on which the arrow sits before and during the draw.
|The handle of the bow.
|Protective wrapping of string material around string to prevent wear.
|The body of an arrow.
|Device to attach bow to archer’s bow-hand.
|The stiffness of the arrow shaft.
|Rod and weight combination attached to the bow to eliminate unwanted torque and vibration.
|Rapid increase in the draw weight of the bow, not in direct relation to the draw length.
|Used by bare bow archers. Fingers moved up and down string according to target distance.
|Device used to bend the limbs of a bow to allow the string to be attached.
|Protector for string-fingers to prevent chafing.
|Affliction where archer cannot hold the sight in the gold.
|A measure of the balance of the two limbs.
|Adjustment of the bow and arrow to provide most accurate and forgiving arrow flight.
|Torque Flight Compensator. Device used to absorb vibration.
|Horizontal adjustment of a sight to compensate for wind-drift.
|Recessed area of riser above the grip.