Author Archives: Steve Ruis

About Steve Ruis

Being born in the first half of the previous century gives one a certain perspective.

Archery Misconceptions/Myths

Archers believe a lot of things that are just not true and they will convince you of these things with you if you aren’t careful. We can’t possibly go into all of them but we can look at a few. … Continue reading

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How Much Should Your Child Practice?

This is not an easy question. There is a spectrum that stretches from “too little” all the way to “too much,” with the problem being it is very hard to describe what these phrases mean. If your child attends an … Continue reading

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How to Deal with a Dry Fire

I just got a really good safety question via email, to wit: Hi, Steve, I was wondering if you had any information on “dry fires” and what can happen to the bow and what to look for (problems) in the … Continue reading

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Are Your Kids Suffering from the Instant Gratification Cycle?

One of my colleagues dropped a student he was working with because in between coaching sessions, his student would either solicit or accept coaching direction from other archers and when they got back together he had done none of what … Continue reading

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Question: Does My Child Need Better Equipment?

Note I apologize for the length of this post but this is a very common question archery parents ask and the answer isn’t simple. SPR * * * I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked about … Continue reading

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Question: Where Can I Find a Good Archery Coach for My Son?

I get this question … a lot and there are really two questions here, both of them difficult. The first question is “where do I find an archery coach?” and the second is “where can I find a good archery … Continue reading

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Question: My Daughter’s Arrows are Flying to the Left; Could a Nock that is Too Tight Cause This?

My daughter’s arrows are flying to the left; could a nock that is too tight cause this? She has a 16-strand bowstring of BCY 8125G with 0.021 Halo serving material. Bowstrings are oscillating left-right as they approach the bow. (You … Continue reading

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Question: What’s the Best Way to Explain using a Bow Sight?

To introduce a beginner to a target sight it is best to show them … Start by attaching the sight block to her bow and then install and set up the sight correctly (you may need to consult the directions—sight … Continue reading

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Fitting Young Recurve Archers

This begins often enough with an email: Good Morning Steve, My daughter met with you a few months ago for one session and she said that you mentioned the wooden riser she has is lighter than the ones being purchased … Continue reading

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Got a Child in Archery?

This is an blog designed to support parents whose children (or spouses) have taken up archery! Archery can be bewildering to parents of young archers as there is so much to learn and acquire. It is especially difficult to make … Continue reading

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