Archery Observations


If I do everything my own way, my scores suck. If I do what my orthodox coach says I’m better … So is free will real or just an illusion?

Standing out in all weathers and the frustrations of archery makes archers natural philosophers … here are a few of their thoughts:

“The archer that shoots badly has a lie ready.” … Spanish Proverb.

“Nothing clears a troubled mind better than shooting a bow.” … Fred Bear.

“No shot is hard to make, it’s just easier to miss.”

“The ABC of Living the Good Life – Archery, Beer, Coffee” … Our Editor.

“Its harder to make the Korean National Team than it is to win the Olympic gold medal” … Korea Archery.

“I’m an Archery School Dropout (But, my dad pulled some strings and I’m back in)” … I’ll get my quiver!

“I shoot an arrow into the air, where it lands I do not care: I get my arrows wholesale.” … Curly Howard (Three Stooges).

“There is no excellence in archery without great labour.” … Maurice Thompson.

“The last person that touched my bow is buried behind the container!” … sounds like our editor.


WA Rule 12.7. – No athlete may touch the equipment of another without the latter’s consent. Serious cases may lead to penalties being applied.

“Without archery I would have probably killed people.” … Every club archer who leaves their stresses on the field.

“Draw Shoot Swear Repeat” … Archery distilled to its lowest level. 

“It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday.” … A coach’s mantra to students.

Confucius said … “In archery, we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the centre of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself.” ... but only after they have blamed their bow, the wind, the arrow, the archer next to them, the sun, midgies and the squirrel noisily stamping his feet in a tree 30 yards away. 

“The real distance you’re shooting is the measurement between your ears!” … Dont think. Just shoot.

If you’re happy and you know it, overthink.
If you’re happy and you know it, overthink.
If you’re happy and you know it, give your brain a chance to blow it.
If you’re happy and you know it, overthink.

“Forget the last arrow, only the next one counts.” … Every archer needs this tattooed on the inside of their eyelids.

When an archer is shooting for nothing, he has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass buckle, he is already nervous. If he shoots for a prize of gold, he goes blind or sees two targets. He is out of his mind. His skill has not changed but the prize divides him. He cares. He thinks more of winning than of shooting and the need to win drains him of power. … Chuang Tzu

“Real Archers Don’t Need Training Wheels” … Compounders, please note! :op

“Archery causes Tourettes” … GA archer.

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So, when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming … Paulo Coelho

And finally, the most important, significant and pertinent thought on this page …..
Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a bow and I never seen a sad person shootin’ a bow.

*          *          *

Statue image by Guy Dugas from Pixabay

Glasgow Archers

We are an amateur archery club based in the centre of Glasgow.

Leave a Reply