Do you know your Archery Slang?

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Yep, there’s even archery slang! Nowadays everything has it’s own language, you may encounter some of these terms whilst watching competitive archery or down the local archery club. This is a list of what they are and what (we think) they mean!




An arrow that lands in the gold of a target face but not in the inner gold ring.


An arrow striking the black scoring area of a target face.


An arrow striking the blue scoring area of a target face.


Some archers call their arrows or bolts bullets


An arrow in the inner red scoring area of a target face.


A bad shot.

Fat Shafter

Refers to a large diameter arrow used in target archery to maximise the archers chance of hitting a higher scoring ring.


Has many slang uses, normally a bad shot


When an arrow is deflected into a lower scoring zone by another arrow embedded in the target from a previous shot.

Line Cutter

Same as Fat Shafting


An arrow striking the non scoring area (usually white) of a target


The act of aiming, anchoring then dropping the bow and anchor to look at the target again.


An incorrect string release where the hand does not follow-through correctly behind the neck.

Prince’s Reckoning

The act of getting your arrows called and scored, comes from the olden days of archery when a prince was involved in scoring.


Refers to an archer’s setup, bow, arrows, sight, etc.

Robin Hood

When you shoot one arrow and it splits and arrow already embedded in the target.


An arrow hitting the scoring white area of a target face.



Struggle Stick

Someone who is struggling to draw their bow because the draw weight is too high.


Slang for traditional archery


An arrow in the outer red scoring area of a target face.


An arrow on a target that strikes the line dividing a target zone but is mostly off the line.

William Tell

Shooting an apple of someone’s head.

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1 thought on “Do you know your Archery Slang?”

  1. bouncer = arrow hits target and bounces to ground

    Foam is home = used in 3d archery , hitting the foam target , no matter the points.

    minnowing = arrow moves side to side in flight

    porpoising = arrow moves up and down in flight

    shot gun splatter = your arrows are all over the target

    groupey / grouping = you arrows hit the same area, and you can wrap your thumb and fingers around , is a good group

    Snap shooter = doesn’t aim , releases quick, used alot by trick shot or speed shooters

    Point On – Aiming with the tip of the arrow. Used in Gap Shooting.

    POLR Shot (Path of Least Resistance)= take the shot that gives you , the easiest option to target area. Used in 3d archery

    String walking / String walking = Used by Bare Bow Archers. Fingers move up and Down the Bow String according to Target Distance

    Archers Tattoo / String Slap = Bad form , causing the String to slap against your forearm in shooting, leaving a painful bruise.


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