Archers Glossary



Doinker A damper (usually rubber) fitted between the stabiliser rod (long or short) and tip weight, helps to absorb the high frequency vibrations at the tip of the stabiliser and stop them travelling back along the rod to the bow and archer.
Draw To pull the bowstring back with the draw hand whilst holding the bow steady with the bow hand.
Draw hand The hand that holds the bowstring.
Draw length The distance from the nocking point to the pivot point of the bow at full draw, sometimes measured to the back of the bow .
Draw weight The force (usually in pounds) required to draw a bow to a given length.  Normally indicated on the lower limb,  i.e. 38lb at 28 inches



End The number of arrows shot (usually three or six) before the archers go to their targets to score and remove their arrows.
Equipment line A line at least 10 yards behind the shooting line, were all tents and other shelters shall be placed.



Face see Target Face
Fast A warning cry to STOP shooting immediately. Usually called out when someone or something! strays into or behind the shooting area
Feathers, Flights see Fletchings
Field Archery A form of archery shot outdoors in a wooded area, with targets of different sizes set at varying distances and elevations to the archer, the archers walk from target to target.
Field Captain The person in charge and control of shooting on the archery range.
Finger Tab A piece of leather or synthetic material worn over the draw fingers to protect them from the bow string and to aid in a smooth release.
Fishtailing The side to side motion of the nock end of an arrow in flight.
Fistmele The distance from the grip to the bow string measured by placing a fist on the grip  with the thumb extended towards the bow string. The normal method of checking the bracing height for Long bows.
FITA Fédération Internationale De Tir à L'Arc, The international governing body for the sport of  archery. Also the major metric round
Flatbow A bow with limbs of a flat section usually made from fibreglass and wood laminations.
Flemish loose A loose using only two fingers, usually the first and Index fingers.
Fletchings The feathers/flights added to the nock end of the arrow shaft, to aid directional stability of the arrow in flight. Normally three per arrow although some archers use two or four.
Flight shooting An archery competition in which the object is to shoot an arrow the furthest distance.
Flu Flu arrow An arrow with large feathers and large blunt pile used for shooting birds or targets thrown in the air.
F.O.C. Forward of centre, the distance the centre of gravity is moved forward in relation to the centre of the arrows length, usually expressed as a percentage 
Foot Markers Small markers placed on the ground to mark an archers position on the shooting line to aid in maintaining a constant alignment with the target.
Follow Through That all important part of shooting. Starting with the release and ending with the arrow hitting the target, and so easily forgotten!
Forward loose Allowing the draw hand to move forward towards the bow immediately prior to or during loose/release.
Full Draw The position where the bow string is drawn back and the draw hand anchors in relation to the head and neck.




Grand Master Bowman. The highest Archery GB, classification for an archer in the UK.

Gold The centre colour of the multicoloured target used in target archery. Also the highest scoring zone on a target face.
Grip The part of the bow handle where the bow is held, on some bow designs the grip is removable allowing one to adjust their hand position on the handle.
Ground Quiver An arrow holder that either sits on or sticks into the ground, some can also hold a bow.
Group The pattern of an archers arrows close together in the target.

The above is for information only and as such no guarantee is given as to the accuracy or use of this glossary.

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