Modern competitive archery has come a long way since the days of Robin Hood and his band of merry men. Today’s archers perform in target and field archery more often that not and the two sports, though largely similar, draw slightly different crowds. There are numerous other brands of competitive archery as well, but these two are more or less the major tournament sports. So, knowing the difference between the two is a great place to start for anyone considering getting into the sport and wondering where they should start.
Target archery is a major world sport, included in the Olympics and governed by the International Archery Federation. The sport itself consists of both indoor and outdoor variations. The indoor variation is on a much shorter course than the outdoor.
Starting at 18 meters and going to 25 meters, indoor target archery is often performed with fewer arrows when in competition than outdoor. Outdoor events are held at a distance of 30 to 90 meters and allow more shots. Arrows are shot in ends of 3 or 6 depending on the competition and between each end archers retrieve their arrows and score their shots. The target for target …