In archery, a left- or right-handed bow is not used based off the archer’s dominant hand, but rather by the archer’s dominant eye. Eyesight dominance can be determined simply by forming a triangle with your hands and focusing on a distant object. Close your left eye, then your right eye, and whichever eye keeps the object centered is your dominant eye.
The archery club’s recruitment philosophy is to accept members year-round, regardless of new members’ levels of expertise or prior experience.
Eric Wang, a first-year mathematics of computation student, uses his bow sights to lock in on his target.
Edward Tang, a third-year philosophy student, practices his technique while winding up for a shot.
Hieu Nguyen, a first-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student, enjoys the moment in archery that takes places just before releasing the arrow. “If you feel it in your arm, you’re doing it wrong,” Nguyen said. He said the proper form is in using one’s back muscles.
There is an 18-meter distance between Wang and his target, which is typical for practice sessions and indoor competitions during the winter. For outdoor competitions, however, the distance between archer and target can rise to a maximum of 70 meters.
Gerald Diep-Tran, a first-year computer science student, said archery can be intensive for beginners. The advice he offers is to learn form and aim, and to practice often.
Many members of the UCLA Club Archery team only picked up the sport over the past four-to-six months.
This target includes signatures from U.S. Olympic archers including Brady Ellison, Mackenzie Brown and Paralympian Matt Stutzman. The archery club had the opportunity to meet with the Olympians before the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In archery, each ring on a target represents a different number of points, with the outermost white circle indicating a total of one point, and the innermost yellow circle earning a total of 10.
Matthew Singson had seven years of prior experience with the Junior Olympic Archery Development, a program that teaches young people the skills necessary for archery, before joining UCLA’s archery club. The first-year astrophysics student said the best way to learn is to take it one step at a time.
A bow stand allows archers to safely place their bows down when not in use, protecting the string as well as the upper and lower limbs.
Equipment manager Brianna Vanden Bosch, a fourth-year art history student, takes pride in her archery ability – a skill she had wanted to gain since she was young. Bosch said while archery is not hard to begin to learn, it can be hard to improve. She encourages new learners to not become discouraged if they feel inadequate in the beginning.
Tang and Wang remove arrows from the targets on the bale.
Angela Lam, a fourth-year computational and systems biology student, has been fascinated with archery ever since she watched the 2008 Summer Olympics. Lam, who is serving her second year as the club’s president, holds a trophy earned at the Easton Collegiate Indoors Tournament, which took place Jan. 13 to 14.
The basic archery stance is a critical step in an archer’s shot sequence, enabling the shooter to set up for stability and allow for proper upper-body rotation and alignment.