Types of Archery
Target Archery
Target archery is the kind of archery shot at the Olympics and is the version most beginners learn first. It can take place either indoors or outdoors.
Archers shoot a set number of arrows at targets which are set at specified distances on a flat surface.
Field Archery
A field archery course is set up over woodland and rough terrain. Archers shoot a specified number of arrows at different targets in sequence. Archers might have to shoot uphill or downhill and the targets could be different sizes and at different distances, so anyone taking part must really think about what they are doing.
Clout Shooting
This ancient form of archery was used as military training in the middle ages. The target is the clout, which is a small flag on a vertical stick, stuck in the ground and placed up to 165 meters away. An archer’s score is determined by how close each arrow lands to the flag. The scores are measured by a tape attached to the flag and the arrows that land closest get the highest points.
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