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Bull’s eye

Archery has now become a corporate sport.. Chesta Wadhwani tells you why.

entertainment Updated: Jan 19, 2009 17:11 IST
Chesta Wadhwani

Today, many companies are encouraging employees to train in archery. Reason: better concentration and an ability to achieve targets.

Andre Morris of Outbound Adventures in Versova has a number of corporate clients. And the numbers, he says, are increasing every day.

As soon as you hold a bow and arrow in hand you are told to look directly at the target board. “A time will come when no matter what the distractions and interruptions, you will not lose focus. And this is a definite asset at work,” points out Morris.

Standing tall
Along with a good eye, archery also improves posture. The instructor Akhil Multani says, “The archer has to maintain the same upright position till all the rounds are done. This can cause backache among beginners but as weeks pass, the aches and pains disappear and you stand, tall and straight.”

There are two kinds of bows: recurve and compound bows. Recurve, light at 30 pounds, is ideal for beginners. Compound bows are stiffer and used at an advanced level as they work on a multi-pulley system. “The string of the bow needs to be pulled with force. Arm force is vital,” says Multani.

The arrow consists of a shaft with an arrowhead attached to the front. At the other end are the fletchings and a nock. The weight of an arrowhead varies, depending on the size of the bow.. Hunting arrowheads are called broad heads and are more blunt. If the archer is petite, lighter arrowheads are used.

Get it right
A right-handed person holds the arrow in the left hand, and vice-versa. “This is because the strongest hand should be used,” explains Morris. There is no particular dress code for the sport. Only full-sleeves are avoided.