We’ve seen many blockbuster hollywood films with main characters using a bow and arrow such as Legolas from Lord of the Rings, Katniss from Hunger Games, and Hawkeye from The Avengers. In all of these films, the characters are expert archers who can do seemingly imposible things with their bow and arrows.
However, what you probably didn’t know was that almost all of these characters were using their bow and arrows improperly! In a new video by history buff and archer Lars Anderson, we learn the proper technique of shooting an arrow and why hollywood’s method is so inefficient.
Anderson first states that the traditional hollywood method of holding your arrows in a quiver on your back is wrong. He explains that modern archers do that because they stand in one place and shoot targets. But people in ancient times never did this. They were always in motion, running after targets or dodging arrows themselves.
He even demonstrates how having your arrows in a quiver impedes you from properly running and jumping through different terrains and obstacles. Anderson then states that the more efficient method is to hold multiple arrows in one hand. Apparently ancient archers did this for mobility purposes as well as being able to draw their next arrow quicker.
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He also explains that modern archers only shoot flat stationary target boards, which requires focusing with one eye. This is why archers load arrows on the left side of the string. However, he points out that while on the move and shooting quickly, it is significantly easier to load the arrow on the right side.
Anderson uses the second half of the video to showcase all of the amazing archery skills and fancy tricks he’s managed to learn by simply using the bow and arrow properly as ancient archers did. He even set multiple speed shooting records by shooting more than twice as fast as anyone else.
Other skills he learned include accurately shooting multiple targets on the move, launching things in the air and shooting them before they hit the ground, and even catching enemy arrows mid air and shooting them back.
The video was just released today and already has over 800,000 views. To see more of Lars Anderson’s amazing archery tricks, check out the full video.