I was thrilled when my friend, Michael Holson, asked me to read and review his first book. As an instructor, it is good to step back once in a while and pretend you are just starting on your archery adventure; it gives perspective and forces you to remember that we all started somewhere.
Learnt It Outdoors 3D and Target Archery is a great starting point for those who want to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow and/or bring their family along for the ride. I should state now that this is not a certification course, but it is a course for those without easy access to certified instructors and enables them to bridge the gap. Consisting of an instructor’s guide and a student manual, this package does an excellent job of emphasizing form development, range and equipment safety and equipment familiarity. It has engaging exercises that teach as well entertain, keeping the sport fun and interactive… in fact, the one question in every exercise is “did you have fun”?
Some highlights of the book: range estimation- this is a skill seldom covered, but essential to 3D and bowhunting. Safe range layout- always important even in the back yard, string bow creation and purpose and the student manual. One item included in this book, journal writing, is seldom emphasized in other training aids, but is really emphasized here. Journals engage the student as well as encourage the use of the written word, a skill mostly avoided in the age of text and social media; writing builds language skills and comprehension skills that are essential in communication.
If you’re seeking a way to get into archery or get someone else into archery this package is for you