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Off the Arrow Shelf

Off the Arrow Shelf

By Rob Jones
The thoughts and experiences of a UK field archer and coach. I hope to cover shoot reports, equipment, book reviews, shooting tips, coaching ideas and advice.
Check out the website offthearrowshelf.com/
Been shooting instinctively for years, mostly recurve bows or flatbows for last few years in National Field Archery Society in UK
Any questions or ideas for episodes let me know. Offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk #archery #fieldarchery #archer #archerycoaching #nfas #traditionalarchery #tradarcher #bow #arrow #instinctivearchery #nfas #archerylife #archerypodcast #targetpanic #archeryfamily
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Episode 51 – Club shoot report
So this episode focuses on the Briar Rose Field Archers shoot , which took place last weekend. Offering some thoughts on how it went and how we set up a chrono to measure bow speeds etc. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #barebow #flatbow #recurve
30:56
August 05, 2022
Episode 50 – Special Guest – Grizzly Jim
Welcome to this very special episode, with my first ever guest joining for my 50th episode. I have the great pleasure of chat with Grizzly Jim on everything from the String making business to the British weather. Huge thanks to Jim for joining me I hope you enjoy it. Sorry the audio quality varies at times. Jims website is https://www.grizzlyjim.co.uk/ I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #barebow #flatbow #recurve
59:55
July 27, 2022
Episode 49 - So results are in on distance and instinctive shooting
Welcome to episode 49 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast I go into some details on the little survey I ran on a few Facebook groups on instinctive archery. Huge thanks to those who completed it. It has made me think again whether I am an instinctive archer at all distances and my process of shooting. The results of which are below Don't shoot instinctively at any distance 4% Instinctive at all distances 43% Instinctive up to 15 yards 0% Instinctive up to 20 yards 6% Instinctive up to 25 yards 2% Instinctive up to 30 yards 9% Instinctive up to 35 yards 9% Instinctive up to 40 yards 9% Instinctive up to 45 yards 4% Instinctive up to 50 yards 6% Other (please specify) 9% I have something special planned for Episode 50, with a special guest joining me on the podcast. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #barebow #flatbow #recurve #instinctivearchery
26:10
July 22, 2022
Episode 48 - Catch up and updates
Welcome to episode 48 This is very much a review recent activity and a bit of an update. In this podcast I mention another podcast that many will be familiar with The Push traditional Archery in Episode 232 with Grizzly Jim (https://open.spotify.com/episode/5EsYORk7CzPISuXsOfOqH3?si=Ik-aDQ7_QL6b5xsmFb4hnA) Bow international edition 161 is the one I mentioned (https://www.bow-international.com/) And those interested in the Briar Rose Shoot can gain details https://briarrosefieldarchers.wordpress.com/ I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #barebow #flatbow #recurve #thepush #briarrose #briarrosefieldarchers
16:46
July 11, 2022
Episode 47 - Thinking about situational awareness
Welcome to episode 47 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast I mention another podcast  in reference to situational awareness and how this can play a part in archery. For those interested Modern outdoor survival (https://modernoutdoorsurvival.com/podcast/) is available on most streaming services and I listen via Spotify. For those interested it is episode 31 that covers Jeff Cooper situation awareness colour chart and also has a guest presenter Terry on it, proving additional input. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #barebow #flatbow #recurve
15:43
July 04, 2022
Episode 46 - Some ideas on kit modification
Welcome to episode 46 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast I talk about some of the modifications I have made to my archery kit over time, from cutting down shooting tabs to fit my hand better, clothing alterations, along with offering some suggestions of things to think about. If you have any ideas let me know. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #barebow #flatbow #recurve
17:42
June 27, 2022
Episode 45 - coaching for improvement - consistency
Welcome to episode 45 from Off the Arrow Shelf. So in the third podcast on coaching for improvements I look at consistency in respect to equipment, focussing on how consistency in arrows are important and sometime overlooked. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #barebow #flatbow #recurve
19:06
June 20, 2022
Episode 44 - coaching for improvement - how stance impacts shooting
Welcome to episode 44 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast episode I try to expand on answer to a followers question regarding coaching for improvement sessions I run. In this one I offer some thoughts on stance and how this might help field archers. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #barebow #flatbow #recurve
13:19
June 13, 2022
Episode 43 - answering followers question on coaching for improvement
Welcome to episode 43 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast episode I try to answer a followers question regarding coaching for improvement sessions I run and the first steps I go through with the prospective archers that might have been shooting for a few years or still relatively new to the hobby. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #barebow #flatbow #recurve
19:35
June 06, 2022
Quick Health update and congratulations to winners at 3D champs
So this is a quick update on my health and me wanting to say thanks for all the support I have received, sorry audio quality isn't great but can't use normal microphone set up. Congratulations to all winners at the recent National Field Archery Society 3D championships. Let me know if you have any questions or queries.  Take care #archery, #fieldarchery, #3darchery  archerycoaching
05:03
May 31, 2022
Episode 42 - What I carry when out shooting
I'm a firm believer that you should practice wearing or carrying what you would on a competition shoot. So in this episode I cover what I carry when out shooting. I thing I carry but omitted from the list was my emergency whistle, something all archers must carry. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #courselaying #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery
13:43
May 26, 2022
Episode 41 - Your first field archery shoot
Welcome to another episode and in this one I'm going to give an overview of some of the things to consider when going to your first shoot, from preparation before going, to what to do when there and afterwards. It's based on my experience with shooting in NFAS and is by no means a definitive list of everything but hopefully it will be of use. Let me know what you think. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #courselaying #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #nfas #archerycompetition
34:52
May 19, 2022
Not 100% but still alive
Just wanted to say I'm a bit under the weather and have been for a couple of weeks. I've got shingles which is a virus infection in the nerve cells. Its as painful as it sounds .
01:19
May 18, 2022
Episode 40 - What is a field archery course
Welcome to episode 40 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast episode I going to explain what an archery field course is, how they work, you move round it etc. It comes about from a discussion I was having the other day with someone and I thought it might be of interest to others. It's based on my experiences of NFAS (National Field Archery Society) here in the UK. As always, I hope you and all your family are doing well. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #courselaying #3darchery #tradarchery #traditionalarchery
22:11
May 11, 2022
Episode 39 - I'm back
Very quick update on why I've been so quiet over recent weeks, largely due to not being 100%  In this episode I mentioned High power Archery Podcasts website https://www.highpowerarchery.com/ Please check out their podcasts, YouTube and website. Also check out the Barebow Archery Podcast https://anchor.fm/glenn-pringle Stay safe, enjoy your archery and thanks for listening.  #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archerypractise #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #archeryadvice # #archerytips #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #flatbow #barebow #offthearrowshelf #recurvebow #takedownbow #longbow #onepiecebow #bow #targetpanic #archerypractice #COVID19#pandemic #targetpanic #target panic 
10:08
April 29, 2022
Episode 38 – Has the pandemic resulted in target panic in archers?
This may sound a bit strange but I’m seeing and hearing more archers say that they have less confidence now after the enforced break due to lockdowns and less opportunity to be out shooting. I offer my thoughts and a couple of suggestions on what you can do if you are feeling a little anxious. Stay safe, enjoy your archery and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archerypractise #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #archeryadvice # #archerytips #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #flatbow #barebow #offthearrowshelf #recurvebow #takedownbow #longbow #onepiecebow #bow #targetpanic #archerypractice #COVID19#pandemic #targetpanic #target panic
18:42
February 25, 2022
Mini Podcast – danger of chasing arrow speed
In this mini podcast I am focussing on the potential dangers of chasing a 300 feet per second arrow speed from your bow, when shooting at NFAS competitions. This 300 fps limit figure is something NFAS enforces and set in the rules for compound and crossbows. I also mention how chasing speed with light arrows can be bad for trad archers Stay safe, enjoy your archery and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archerypractise #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #archeryadvice #nfas #archerytips #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #flatbow #barebow #offthearrowshelf #recurvebow #takedownbow #longbow #onepiecebow #bow #targetpanic #archerypractice
09:23
February 18, 2022
Episode 37 - Which do you prefer a shooting glove or shooting tab?
It’s a personal preference and in this podcast I’m offering my thoughts on the matter after a discussion on a Facebook group. I’ve also included a link to Dixie Leather article on my website. https://offthearrowshelf.com/2015/08/13/equipment-review-custom-archery-tabs-from-dixie-leathercraft/ Stay safe, enjoy your archery and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archerypractise #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #archeryadvice #archerytips #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #flatbow #barebow #offthearrowshelf #recurvebow #takedownbow #longbow #onepiecebow #bow #archerypractice #dixieleather #tab #shootingglove #shootingtab
23:30
February 13, 2022
Episode 36 - COVID in the house and my thoughts on role of marshals at archery competitions
So as the title states the house has been hit by COVID so apologies if this isn't as polished or organised as other episodes. I wanted to offer my thoughts on the role of marshals and other official at archery shoots following a series of posts on an archery Facebook group and recent proposals by the NFAS. Stay safe, enjoy your archery and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archerypractise #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #archeryadvice #nfas #archerytips #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #flatbow #barebow #offthearrowshelf #recurvebow #takedownbow #longbow #onepiecebow #bow #targetpanic #archerypractice #COVID19
31:47
February 05, 2022
Mini podcast - practise isn't the same as just shooting arrows
I wanted to create mini podcast following a chat with Rich from Archery Geek Outdoors @A_G_Outdoors (https://archerygeekoutdoors.podbean.com/ about the importance of actual practise rather than just going through the motions of shooting arrows Stay safe, enjoy your archery and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archerypractise #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #archeryadvice #archerytips #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #flatbow #barebow #offthearrowshelf #recurvebow #takedownbow #longbow #onepiecebow #bow #targetpanic #archery.geek.outdoors #archerygeekoutdoors
07:43
February 04, 2022
Episode 35 - Happy New Year for 2022
Happy New Year all. First podcast of 2022 and I hope it finds you all well and happy. In this podcast I mention how good it is to have Angel Garcia of High Power Archery podcasts back again, along with Anthony from Off Centre Archers. I try to explain why I'm not sponsored or use this podcast and website to generate funds. I go into some details about the joys of coaching a young club member as they go through their Duke of Edenborough award. There is a slight footnote to this recording where I explain the Duke of Edenborough awards scheme Also I explain why now is a good time to be looking at your clubs field courses and possibly mapping out new shots. I really enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, you can drop me an email on  or via the website Stay safe, enjoy your archery and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #archeryadvice #archerytips #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #flatbow #barebow #offthearrowshelf #recurvebow #takedownbow #longbow #onepiecebow #bow #targetpanic #highpowerarchery #offcentrearchers
22:53
January 14, 2022
Episode 34 - a look at some archery related books
In this podcast I discuss some of the archery books on my bookshelf that listeners might find of interest. Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery 3rd ed by Anthony Camera – I have the 2nd edition version. Controlled Process Shooting: The Science of Target Panic by Joel Turner Instinctive Archery Insights Revised Edition by Jay Kidwell. Beginner's Guide to Traditional Archery by Brian Soars - . Idiot Proof Archery-How to Shoot Like a Pro by Bernie Pellerite I’ll take this opportunity to wish all listeners a very happy, safe and fun Christmas and New year. Most of all I hope everyone enjoys good health. I really enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, you can drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com I’ll take this opportunity to say I hope you all have a great festive period. Stay safe, enjoy your archery and thanks for listening over the past 12 months. Good Luck for the New Year #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #archeryadvice #archerytips #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #flatbow #barebow #offthearrowshelf #recurvebow #takedownbow #longbow #onepiecebow #bow #targetpanic #bowinternational
22:24
December 20, 2021
episode 33 - a coaching question - takedown or one-piece recurve
So in this episode I have a Sunday off from Archery coaching and trying to answer a couple of question I get asked lots is What kind of bow I should buy?  Should I go for a one-piece recurve verses takedown recurve? These questions always make me a little nervous as I feel that buying a bow is so personal, So I’m going to try and discuss options, like bolt on limbs for some risers, compared with ILF risers and limbs (International Limb Fit). I hope it provides some useful advice. A few years back I wrote an article covering some of these options https://offthearrowshelf.com/2020/02/06/what-kind-of-bow-should-i-buy/ I’ll take this opportunity to wish all listeners a very happy, safe and fun Christmas and New year. Most of all I hope everyone enjoys good health. I really enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, you can drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com I’ll take this opportunity to say I hope you have a great festive period. Stay safe, enjoy your archery and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #archeryadvice #archerytips #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #flatbow #barebow #offthearrowshelf #recurvebow #takedownbow #longbow #onepiecebow #bow
27:39
December 12, 2021
Episode 32 – A Coaching Sunday
Something a little different in this episode. I ran a series of coaching sessions on Sunday and in the gaps before or after each, I decided to try and record some thoughts and observations. I hope it gives a bit of an insight into the sort of things I get up to when it comes to coaching and activities down at the archery wood, like searching for wayward arrows. It starts with a bit of me waffling on over sound of car engine and some of the recordings are made on my phone whilst in the car or walking round the wood, whilst others are at home, so sorry for the change in audio quality. I’m no expert at mixing things together, but I hope it gives you a bit of an authentic insight into the life of a field archery coach. The article I was talking about helping with tea-potting is linked below http://offthearrowshelf.com/2019/09/19/how-a-couple-of-strips-of-tape-can-help-your-archery/ I really enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, you can drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com I’ll take this opportunity to say I hope you have a great festive period. Stay safe, enjoy your archery and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #flatbow #barebow #offthearrowshelf
12:42
December 06, 2021
episode 31 - coaching tip about media in archery
Sharing an idea of using images from films and computer games as a coaching guide to help young archers identify what is appropriate or not foe their style of shooting. My thanks to NUsensei for his feedback on Instagram post too  I really enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, you can drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #flatbow #barebow #hawkeye #hungergames #LoTR #lordoftherings #offthearrowshelf #nusensei
12:16
November 21, 2021
Episode 30 - Archery Portrayal in the Media
In this podcast I'm going to briefly look at the impact of how archery is portrayed in movies, TV series, YouTube Archery is proving more and more popular in films and other media like, Hunger games, Brave, Avengers films, new Hawkeye series, Arrow series But this portrayal is not always accurate when it comes to actual practical shooting or coaching. This can then have an impact on what new archery students expect to be able to do or what is correct form. Hence my quote of Edgar Allan Poe "Believe only half of what you see, and nothing that you hear." I really enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, you can drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archeryfamily #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #flatbow #barebow #hawkeye #hungergames #LoTR #lordoftherings #offthearrowshelf
12:29
November 13, 2021
A micro podcast - walk in woodland
Took a walk in archery wood doing a safety check and thought I would share some thoughts
01:24
July 11, 2021
episode 29 - answering a listener question on shooting with ongoing injury
Welcome to episode 29 from Off the Arrow Shelf. As always, I hope you and all your family and friends are well. In this podcast episode I am going to trying to answer a followers question concerning how an archer can cope with an ongoing or permanent injury.  They have an injury following a motor vehicle accident and have had to adapt their archery to accommodate this. In this podcast I’m going to reference the archers triangle and how the 3 elements (Arrow, Bow and Archer) can be reviewed and adapted to accommodate changes. I really enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, you can drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowsandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #flatbow #barebow
42:18
February 24, 2021
Micro message - spring is coming and interview
Good morning everyone  Quick podcast this morning to promote an interview with Harry Boyce president of NFAS (National Field Archery Society) here in the UK on offthearrowshelf.com site. https://offthearrowshelf.com/2021/02/15/a-virtual-walk-with-harry-boyce/ Also days are getting longer so spring is on its way. #nfas #archery #fieldarchery #bows #arrows #archerycoaching #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #bow #arrow
01:29
February 17, 2021
episode 28 - is practicing at home a good idea or not?
Welcome to episode 28 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast episode I am going to raise the question of practice at home and whether this is a good idea or not. I try to be objective about the advantages and possible disadvantages of coaching at home. I also make a suggestion in my top tips on practising your stance on uneven ground. I mention a couple of articles Setting up a target boss - https://offthearrowshelf.com/2020/04/03/setting-up-a-target-boss-revisited/ Back stop net - https://offthearrowshelf.com/2020/04/09/archery-backstop-nets/ As always, I hope you and all your family are doing well. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows #arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bowandarrow #tradarchery #traditionalarchery #bowandarrow #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #nfas #bow #arrow
16:44
February 09, 2021
Episode 27 - Slow progress is better than no progress
Welcome to episode 27 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast episode I going to give a quick breakdown on what is going on here in UK currently. I also want to give a shout out to a couple of podcasts I have been listening to The Push episode 178 with guest Thomas Fielder is really interesting as in the interview Thomas explains shooting a longbow with wooden arrows in US competitions. I found it interesting the difference in distances shot in comparison to UK field nfas shoots. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4bMiA8CaZquvZ3bOgIdAS9?si=lbHNdiw_QzqVNT8n3ZMNGg Archery Geek Outdoors has a guest on the latest episode (26) Simon Thomas talks about wooden arrows and shotting in the UK. https://open.spotify.com/episode/5eVUPXJ4oMimc8DXHfiGy3?si=pLT2IVb6QkGjgTgmibV9Ew I want to send my best to the guys at Off Centre Archery who have just been in a car accident. As always, I hope you and all your family are doing well. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bow #arrow #offcenterarchers #bowandarrow #thepush #archeryfamily #nfas #tradarchery #traditionalarchery
16:02
January 30, 2021
Micro messages 07 - walk in the snow to stay positive
So quick podcast while on taking break from the computer screen and on a walk in the snow. Was -9 C this morning but beautiful sunny day. Stay positive, I know that many are struggling currently with lockdown but try and enjoy a walk or a break. I also share my thoughts on why some clubs might be cancelling shootings planned for April and beyond.  Stay safe, stay well #staysafe #frostymorning #snow #walkinsnow #archeryfamily #archery #fieldarchery #staypositive
03:50
January 25, 2021
Micro messages 06 - frosty early morning walk
Good morning. Micro message of support from a early morning walk on a very frosty morning. About -3 degrees C Will post some photos on Instagram shortly too. https://www.instagram.com/offthearrowshelf/  Stay safe, stay well #staysafe #frostymorning #archeryfamily
02:32
January 22, 2021
Episode 26 - some thoughts on archery coaching in 2021
Welcome to episode 26 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast episode I want to offer some thoughts on how archery coaches and students are going to have to adapt in light of COVID 19 restrictions. I mention the guys at The Push Podcasts (https://thepushpodcast.libsyn.com/) and High Power Archery (https://open.spotify.com/show/6WmNrw5VQLXUWiMKAnh5Ra) both of whom are producing coaching support for archers and are worth a listen. As always, I hope you and all your family are doing well. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bow #arrow #offcenterarchers #highpowerarchery #courselaying #thepush #tradarchery #traditionalarchery
21:60
January 19, 2021
Micro messages 05 - we aren't islands
Monday and a micro podcast about how I reached out and  called and talked to friends over weekend, some I hadn't spoken to for months even years. You might find it makes you feel better . Stay safe, stay well #staysafe  #archeryfamily
01:43
January 18, 2021
Micro messages 04 - repairs with AC-DC
So managed to get out of house and into shed to get some repairs on target boss frames with help of AC-DC Iron man 2 soundtrack  Stay safe and well 
01:42
January 16, 2021
Micro messages 03 - walk in the rain
Not feeling positive so a walk in rain might just be the answer
01:45
January 13, 2021
Episode 25 - Start of the New Year
Welcome to episode 25 from Off the Arrow Shelf. The first full episode of 2021. Happy New year everyone. As always, I hope you and all your family are safe and doing well. In this episode I discuss how some of the early plans for 2021 are now on hold due to the current COVID lockdowns in the UK and I try to quote Yoda in a positive way. I am also asking whether people are interested in hearing my thoughts on course laying in future podcasts. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bow #arrow #courselaying #starwars #yoda #yodaquote
12:41
January 08, 2021
Micro Podcast 02 - Cold day but good for a walk
So this is the second of the micro podcasts and today it is literally freezing and I think it has been all day. I could have stayed in the house sat at laptop working but it's not healthy so I took a brief stroll.  I know friends inside and outside of archery community or rather archery family are are struggling with the new lockdown her in the UK. So I'm going to try and offer some thoughts, help and ideas I am using to keep going and coping. Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening #staysafe #archey #archeryfamily
01:18
January 07, 2021
Micro episode 01 Messages of support to all archery friends, family and everyone struggling
The start of 2021 is proving challenging for many and I wanted to create some short posts to offer some support. Not necessarily archery focussed but more general at times. I know I have and in some ways still am struggling a bit but hope for the future.  I know friends inside and outside of archery community or rather archery family are are struggling with the new lockdown her in the UK. So I'm going to try and offer some thoughts, help and ideas I am using to keep going and coping. Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening #staysafe #archey #archeryfamily
02:26
January 06, 2021
episode 24 - some planning for new course and thanks
Welcome to episode 24 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast episode I want to say a huge thanks to those who have provided support and encouragement over the past few months with respect to producing these podcasts. Whether it is via a Facebook message, email or chat I appreciate it all, especially in the recent months when I haven’t been feeling 100% in myself. There have been several other podcasters who have provided help and inspiration, Archery Geek outdoors, Off Center Archers, High Power Archery and of course the Push. There are individuals too Joy, Rich, Simon and Grizzly Jim who have been supportive not least my wonderful wife. I’m also offering some thoughts on safety in the woods and how you start planning a field course in a new wood. As always, I hope you and all your family are doing well? The end of 2020 is rapidly approaching and I wish all the best of luck for 2021 I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bow #arrow #offcenterarchers #highpowerarchery #courselaying
21:14
December 31, 2020
Episode 23 - Some good news for our club
Welcome to episode 23 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast episode am going to keep it brief but I wanted to share some potentially good news about my archery club and also give a shout out to High Power Archery have a listen to their latest episode and especially their “don’t be that guy” slot. (https://open.spotify.com/show/6WmNrw5VQLXUWiMKAnh5Ra?si=ZfihXHg3S1GyMm2FsDpU4A) available on Spotify which is where I got this link from but are on other platforms too I think the comment my grandparents said to me as I was growing up holds true to what Angel is trying to say Treat people the way you would like to be treated, approach them as a potential new friend. Also briefly try and answer a question from a listener about finding a good club. As always, I hope you and all your family are doing well? I know we have not been 100% and sorry if this episode isn’t up to past standards. Feeling pretty shattered. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.ukor via the website offthearrowshelf.com Have a great Christmas / holiday period. Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bow #arrow #archeryfamily #highpowerarchery
15:33
December 05, 2020
episode 22 - A bit of Q&A on first bows and ramblings
Welcome to episode 22 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast episode I will try to answer a couple of couple of listeners questions on what to think about when selecting your first bow, along with a bit of a ramble. I refence an article I wrote back in February and here is the link to this https://offthearrowshelf.com/2017/02/08/what-bow-is-good-for-a-beginner-archer/ Also mentioned a couple of other podcasters that might be worth checking out High Power Archery  (https://open.spotify.com/show/6WmNrw5VQLXUWiMKAnh5Ra?si=ZfihXHg3S1GyMm2FsDpU4A) Off center archers (https://open.spotify.com/show/7f6f1rlajwmmOBHA9I1itp?si=VH02_QRVSuyFwlTn8DCTcQ) available on Spotify which is where I got these links from but are on other platforms too As always, I hope you and all your family are doing well? I know we have not been 100% and sorry if this episode isn’t up to past standards. Feeling pretty shattered. I enjoy getting feedback from listeners and any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.ukor via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bow #arrow #offcenterarchers #highpowerarchery
21:12
November 23, 2020
Episode 21 – Some thoughts on shooting in cold weather
HI Everyone and welcome back to this episode.  I hope this finds you well? I wanted to offer some quick tips and thoughts on things to consider when shooting in cold weather based on my own experiences. Next podcast will be answering some questions from listeners on selecting new bows, As always, any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bow #arrow #theangrybadger #gameofthrones #GoT #winter #wintershooting 
21:16
November 13, 2020
Episode 20 - Some tips and pitfalls for archer
Hi everyone and welcome back to this episode. We made it to 20 episodes!! I want to say a huge thank you, for your support and comments. I really do appreciate the support that has been given me. As always, I hope you and all your family are doing well? I have tried to come up with some common pitfalls archers fall into along with some top tips from myself and other coaches. As always, any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.ukor via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #bow #arrow
21:41
November 03, 2020
Episode 19 – Tips on reading field courses - Don’t over think it.
Hi everyone and welcome back to another podcast.  As always, I hope you and all your family are doing well? So, following on from the last podcast on distance judgement I am going to into giving a few tips and thoughts on course laying. Thinking about it I think I could have titled this podcast “You look once chances are you will shoot twice, look twice and you are more likely to shoot once.” I have recorded this episode back to back with episode 18 as the topics were merging together at one stage. So, in this episode I am taking a look at my view on course laying and how course layers may try and trick you in judging distances. As always, any questions or thoughts let me know, drop me an email on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.ukor via the website offthearrowshelf.com Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #archer #gapshooting #aiming #unmarkeddistance #nfas
43:37
October 23, 2020
Episode 18 – Look twice, shoot Once – some thoughts on distance judgement in field archery
Hi everyone and welcome to another podcast. Hope you are doing well? I have recorded this episode back to back with episode 19 as the topics were merging together at one stage. So, in this episode I am taking a look at my view on distance judgement and giving some thoughts on techniques you can try to help you improve. I also go into some thoughts on conscious and sub conscious distance judgement, along with trying to explain gap shooting. I mention at the start of the episode High Power Archery Podcasts and suggest you check out his latest podcast (https://anchor.fm/highpowerarchery) Episode 28 – Growing the Sport (https://anchor.fm/highpowerarchery/episodes/Episode-28---Growing-the-Sport-ekm4fa) I do love his Don’t be that guy segment. In my next episode I will be giving my view and, offering some thoughts on reading field courses and some tips on overcoming the tricks course layers will use. As always, any questions or thoughts let me know. Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #highpowerArchery #archer #gapshooting #aiming #unmarkeddistance #nfas
50:44
October 14, 2020
Episode 17 - Some thoughts on coaching
Hi everyone Hope you are doing well? In this episode I am taking a look at coaching and how I see the difference in coaching approaches from an instructional level through to mentor. Also mention the NFAS AGM and registering for it, details can be found on the website https://www.nfas.net/  I also mention the Angry Badger podcast (https://theangrybadger.co.uk/about-the-angry-badger-podcast/) The Push – episode 151 with John Winker talking about target panic and his techniques for overcoming it. As always, any questions or thoughts let me know. Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #thepusharchery  #arrowmaking #archer
39:10
October 05, 2020
Episode 16 Wooden Arrow making part 3
Yes, it is, indeed part three of me trying to explain how I make wooden arrows and, in this episode I try to explain how I tune the arrows in. This is the last of the wooden arrow making trilogy and I really hope it has been of use. I’m not sure what the next topic will be, if anyone has any ideas let me know. I do have an apology first and that is this episode took longer to both record, edit and publish. Sadly, working life has got in the way of podcasting. In this podcast I also mention a couple of other podcasts I think are well worth a listen. High Power Archery – episode 27, titled “The moment”. The Push – episode 151 with John Winker talking about target panic and his techniques for overcoming it. Also, if you get chance check out the TradLab page on Facebook as there is some good advice on nock alignment. As always, any questions or thoughts let me know. Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #thepusharchery #gatewayfeathers #arrowmaking #archer
47:26
September 28, 2020
Episode 15 - Arrow making part 2
Welcome to episode 15 from Off the Arrow Shelf. In this podcast episode I will be going through how and what I record when I am going through my process of making wooden arrows. As I came to the end of this podcast I realised I have not gone into details of fine tuning of arrow construction, so I will cover that in part 3. I hope people are finding this useful. I made a comment about the top tip for this podcast about using the banding on the arrow to check the brace height. I’ve included here a link to an article I wrote this up and show how it works. https://offthearrowshelf.com/2018/07/13/quick-tip-on-brace-heights/ As always, any questions or thoughts let me know. Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #thepusharchery #gatewayfeathers #arrowmaking #archer
50:47
September 20, 2020
Episode 14 – Arrow constructions part 1
So, following requests from some listeners I am focusing this and the next podcast on arrow making, giving my thoughts and starting the breakdown of what I consider important with arrow making. You might find this article i wrote several years ago useful starting point too https://offthearrowshelf.com/2015/11/13/wooden-arrows-shafts-a-few-thoughts-before-you-buy/  I make mention of a couple of other podcasts and wanted to include the details here. Also if anyone has come across any studies on the use of different woods in arrows i would love to hear about it. Check out The Push technical guys I was talking about was Cody and the Trad lab podcasts. https://www.thetradlab.com/copy-of-tradlab-studies I mentioned  a review of the Batwing feathers from Gateway I wrote and here is the link https://offthearrowshelf.com/2019/02/19/equipment-review-batwing-feather-fletchings/ also to Gateway themselves (https://www.gatewayfeathers.com/ A good thing to buy is a grain scale to weigh you arrow components, I use a digital grain scale. Top tip to remember your arrows are a disposable asset so accept they are disposable asset, they will wear out, break or get lost. As always, any questions or thoughts let me know. Stay safe, stay well and thanks for listening. #bows # arrows  #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #thepusharchery #gatewayfeathers #arrowmaking #archer
35:49
September 12, 2020
Episode 13 - Getting the right coach and comic duo
So, in this episode which marks a the 13th episode (unlucky for some) I am going to be talking a little about the importance of finding a good coach you can work with, along with saying how coaching made me think of a classic British comedy duo of Morecambe and Wise Christmas show with Andre Previn. Also, I want to give a shout out to a few of other podcasters who I have been listening recently Richard over at Archery Geek Outdoors, The Off Center Archers with Stephanie & Anthony Conte and Angel Garcia at High Power Archery Podcast. I am so sorry Angel I couldn’t remember your name off the top of my head, anyone who knows me will tell you my memory for names is truly awful.  Please accept my apologies. I really  do like the slot in your podcasts “Don’t be that guy” hope you don't mind me adapting / adopting a similar idea. #bows # arrows #NFAS #fieldarchery #archerycoaching #archery #archerypodcast #archerylife #thepusharchery @offcenterarcher @A_G_Outdoors @highpowerarchery
27:34
September 04, 2020
Episode 12 - Current view of Field Archery
So in this episode I am going to give a bit of a review of the current situation field archery is in in UK or at least a perspective of how some NFAS clubs are coping with COVID-19 and have started to run competitions again. I also mentioned the Angry Badger podcasts which is following a bushcraft day I did in North Wales recently. #Archery #fieldarchery #nfas #theangrybadger
21:32
August 28, 2020
Episode 11 - the Archers triangle - mental game
In this episode I cover the last element of the archers triangle - that of the archer and the archers mindset when it comes to  shooting. It is a huge topic and I made mention of a couple of books which are detailed below. Apologies for all the sniffing too and chair creaking. My desk chair is about given up and I blame the sniffing on the change of weather here in the UK. Before anyone says it, it's not me that is creaking it is the chair. Thanks for listening, stay safe. The Chimp paradox - Prof Steve Peters ISBN 978-0-09193-558-0 Jay Kidwel - Instinctive Archery Insights overcoming target panic - REVISED EDITION ISBN 0-9639718-2-4 I also made reference to The Push podcasts and it was episode Episode 143 - Canadas Finest with Alex Melnik
47:30
August 21, 2020
Episode 10 - Archers Triangle - Shot Sequence
So this is episode 10, double figures time already. In this podcast I will be continuing to look at the Archers Triangle and focusing on the Archer side of the triangle. In the previous podcast I talked about the physical aspects associated with the archer and in the one I will spend time discussing the Shot Sequence. How the chain of actions you perform when taking a shot, might have a positive or negative effect on the success of your shot. I mentioned a several podcasts and I thought it worth adding a list here of them. I also mentioned Joel Turner and Shot IQ which is well worth investigating further. There is a great session with the guys at Bowjunky archery podcasts available from Podbeam (https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/3vnys-42d61/Bowjunky-archery-podcast) Fellow club member Rich at Archery Geek outdoors - https://archerygeekoutdoors.podbean.com/ Off centre Archers - https://offcenterarchers.podbean.com/ The Push podcasts and especially the coaching moments one they have released, which has some great resources. https://www.thepusharchery.com/ https://www.shotiq.com/is Joel Turners site Some of these guys have their own YouTube channels too which are worth checking out.
31:07
August 15, 2020
Episode 09 - The Archers Triangle - Archer physical aspects
So in this episode I focus on the third side of the Archers Triangle, that of the archer. Possibly the hardest element of the triangle to control as it has the most variables. I will be focusing on the physical aspects in this podcast and moving onto shot sequence in the next episode and finishing on the mental side in the episode after that which should be episode 11. I mentioned Archery Geek Outdoors in this podcast and here is a link to his site https://archerygeekoutdoors.podbean.com/
31:10
August 08, 2020
Episode 08 - Archers Triangle - the bow side
Continuing the series on the Archers Triangle concept I mentioned back in episode 6. This episode gives some thoughts on the second side of the triangle the Bow. How this might affect the archer, touching on topics like over bowing. As always if you have any questions drop me a line on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk or drop by the website https://offthearrowshelf.com/
31:55
August 01, 2020
Episode 07 - Archers Triangle - the Arrow
In this podcast I am expanding on the concept of the Archers Triangle, focusing on the arrow initially. This covers one of the sides of the triangle and looks at some of the aspects to be considered when thinking about arrows from a traditional archers prospective. I hope you find this of interest and use.
28:00
July 25, 2020
Episode 06 - The Archers Triangle
In this podcast I am going to introduce the concept of the Archers Triangle.  Whether you are a target archer, hunter or field shooter. Archery can be broken down into three components, Archer, Arrow and Bow. These three need to work together successfully for the best outcome. I have found this method of explaining archery to students very useful when coaching as they can easily identify the relationship between the three elements, whilst also useful in focusing them on specific elements as they develop. In future podcasts I will go into each of the three elements in more depth.
16:08
July 18, 2020
Episode 05 - Filtering out the noise
SO in this episode I am going to talk about the wealth of resources out there for archers, but also the dangers of getting swamped by all the different messages and advice.
17:59
July 13, 2020
Episode 04 - What is Instinctive Archery
Here I explore what my thoughts are on Instinctive archery and what it means to me. I mention Grizzly Jim so here is a link to his channel - Archery Adventures YouTube  (https://www.youtube.com/user/jaykentno10) As always if you have an thoughts, questions or ideas drop me a line on offthearrowshelf@yahoo.co.uk and check out the website offthearrowshelf.com 
10:40
July 06, 2020
Episode 03 - Some back story
So it's traditional to provide some background of how you got into archery, how long I've been shooting and so on. So I've tried to do this here. Telling how I fist started all those years ago. Sorry if it rambles on a bit. Thanks for listening.
17:56
June 30, 2020
Episode 02 - Back to the woods
In this, the second instalment from off the arrow shelf I will be talking about our return to woods after a long break thanks to COVID-19. I'll be trying to offer some advice on things to consider, beyond the obvious things like bow, arrows etc.   I wanted to include a link to Forest Knight article I wrote after taking their first aid course.
15:01
June 26, 2020
Episode 01 - Welcome
Welcome to this, the inaugural podcast from Off the arrow shelf. I’m Rob Jones, a field archer in the UK who is hoping to help other archers and  do my bit to promote the hobby of field archery here in the Britain.
05:31
June 19, 2020