Archery terms

Below is a list of Archery terms that will educate, fascinate and allow you to wow your friends with your newly gained knowledge of Archery terms and facts! You know they will thank you for it...perhaps.

Ever wanted to know what Want to know where the nock is? Discover where the name Fletcher came from? Are you an Ambi-Ocular archer? Do you want to know where the belly or the face of the bow is? Do you want to know what a Bowyer does? Why should you never dry-fire a bow? Should you be afraid of a Field Captain? Can you put your limbs on the riser the right way?  Have you ever had to Let Down a bow? Do you know where the nock point is?

Below is an A to Z of Archery terms.  Some will become familiar to you, and some you will never need or hear uttered by Leith Community Archers instructors or volunteers.  Archery is an ancient activity, and the origin of some surnames, words, and phrases we use today have originated from archery terms.

Fletcher was the name of the person who used to put flights on the arrows and Bowman was more simply an Archer.  Today Fletcher has become a common surname as has Bowman (Archer), similar to Smith (Blacksmith), Fisher (fisherman), and Cooper (barrel maker). For more information, you could visit the Wikipedia page on Archery.  There you will find lots of interesting facts about Archery.

Why not add another string to your bow, or add another arrow to the quiver and read on?

Archery terms

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There are currently 19 names in this directory beginning with the letter F.
Fiberglass
A material that is used to create bows and arrows.
Field Archery
A type of archery where you would shoot your arrows at different targets, outside over different types of terrains. Its popular to do these in woods and the targets used are normally either bulls-eyes or 3d animals.
Field Captain
The name given to the person in charge of a field competition/tournament.
Finger Pinch
Is when the bowstring is pulled back with the fingers against the nock or arrow.
Finger Tab
A leather piece that is used to protect your fingers when you pull the bowstring back.
Flatbow
When the bow is not a recurve bow but has a cross section.
Flax-linen
Is a material that was used in medieval days on the bowstrings, it is now only used on longbows for re-enactments.
Flemish String/Twist
Is when your string is made from two different strings, these are normally different colours. You also find that these are hand twisted together.
Fletch
One of the vanes in which you attached to the arrow, these either feather, rubber or plastic.
Fletcher
The name given to the person that makes fletches for arrows.
Fletching
The name given to all 3 Fletches, these are the vanes at the end of the arrow. Normally feather, plastic or rubber in material.
Flex
The arrow shaft does provide a certain degree of bend, this is known as the Flex.
Flight Bow
These bows are made specifically for those that do flight shooting. They tend to be very strong with draw weights being over 100lb.
Flight Shooting
Is a type of archery where the aim is to see who can shoot an arrow the furthest distance.
Flinching
This is when you move your bow arm or the hand you use to draw the bow, before releasing the arrow.
Flu-Flu Arrow
This type of arrow is used when shooting aerial targets, it is made from large fletchings and these prevent it from travelling to far away.
Follow Through
This is the motion you do after you have shot the arrow, to avoid any change in its direction.
Foot Markers
These are used to determine where the archers feet are at the shooting line, at an indoor range you might have lines or otherwise any other object to indicate them.
Full Draw
When your drawing hand is at the anchor point and you have drawn the bow string, this is known as full draw.
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