I started this website in order to help beginning archers with helpful and concrete advice. Although I think there are some really good archery websites out there, I still see some topics that get little attention, ‘’archery on a budget’’ for example. I believe that it is important to explain why you have to do something a certain way. For example, why is it important to use your back muscles when drawing your bow, what happens if you don’t? I also believe that many archery websites are focused on competition shooting and hunting, while there are many people that just shoot for pure fun. I want to represent these people and I believe that I can add some interesting points to the world of archery.
What can you expect
I like to write based on my own experience, since I have experience in traditional, recurve and compound archery, you can expect content about all these three shooting styles. Since hunting is not allowed in the area I am living in, don’t expect any content about that. Some things you can expect are:
- Tips getting started with archery
- Tips on improving your archery
- Tuning your bow
- Archery on a budget
- Product reviews
- And much more….
I like to experiment with different bows and techniques, therefore most of my tips and advice are based on my own experience and thoughts. I don’t think archery is a clear cut sport, where there is just one technique that’s right. Archery is about what works for you, so you can of course disagree with me. I like to explain why I advice certain techniques, this way you can see if it works for you or not. If you have any opinions about my articles you can always add a comment to my post.
How I got started
How did I get started with archery? Well, I always liked history and archery was always a big part in historic movies. Therefore I bought my first bow when I was just 12 years old. It was actually quite a nice bow, but it was way too big for me. Since I wasn’t member of an archery club (to be honest I wasn’t even aware that they existed) I shot my bow in the garden and on a nearby field. I had no clue what I was doing, but I had a lot of fun and practiced a lot.
After half a year shooting with this bow, I got sucked into other sports, so I didn’t touch this bow for a few years. When I quit Volleyball at age 19, I was looking for a new sport to get into. Via my dad I got into contact with a local archery range and I immediately fell in love again with the sport. In the beginning I trained every week at least 3 days a week and regularly participated in competitions. Due to irregularities in my University’s schedule this wasn’t possible in the long run. Therefore I started doing archery mainly to clear my head. Some weeks I train every day and sometimes I skip an entire week.
Who am I?
Of course, I also have a life outside archery, therefore I would like to introduce myself to those who are interested. My name is Tim van Rooijen, I live in The Netherlands and I am 24 years old. Currently, I am working as an online marketer building different websites for a healthcare manufacturer. If you want to know more about my professional life you can check out my LinkedIn page.
Although I like computers and technology, I also love to be outside. I especially like outdoor sports such as: running, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, and of course my main hobby archery. I am living in Flevoland, the flattest part of The Netherlands. Therefore I like to go on outdoor holidays to do outdoor sports and meet new people.
Since English is not my primary language, I would really appreciate it if you could let me know if I made any grammar mistakes or if something is phrased unclear.
What do I expect from you?
You don’t owe me anything of course, but it would be nice if you participate in comment section. I would really like to hear your opinions and experiences. It is really motivating for me and helpful for other readers to hear things from different perspectives. If you have any questions you can always ask, I will answer it as soon as possible.
Where can I find other archery blogs?
If you would like to find other archery blogs, I would recommend checking out the Top 20 Archery Blogs on Feedspot. They have a comprehensive listing on archery blogs, so you will never run out of content!