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Books and DVDs
These materials help people wanting to learn how to shoot with proper technique. If you are an archer or teacher looking for help, you've found it! These materials give you that information.
"Ruth Rowe also has put together some great books and videos, which deal with a lot of things that I, as a beginner, would have LOVED to have access to... [I] strongly recommend her stuff--it is economical and well-written." -- TexARC from the Sagittarius Archery Blackboard

Fundamentals of Compound Archery


Fundamentals of Compound Target Archery
This book contains all the information you need to get started – from selecting and initial set-up of equipment, safety, looking at the mental aspect, and a series of Lessons to learn to shoot. It is a comprehensive book for those who want to learn proper technique correctly. It also can be used by anyone who wants to improve their technique or how to safely and properly learn to use a back tension/hinged jaw release.

The Lessons in Fundamentals of Compound Target Archery cover every aspect of proper shooting technique. With a series of exercises, it goes step by step through learning each aspect of proper shooting technique. Lesson 1 starts with setting the body in proper position, Lesson 2 starts you shooting. After that, Lessons 3 and 4 show you how to master the release all top competitors use for training, and many for competition. The final Lesson is about aiming.

In the Lessons, you progressively learn to shoot correctly for either recreation or competition. For recreation, use what you like; for competition, follow the book carefully.

With over 300 illustratrions in 147 pages, it shows every aspect in a way that promotes understinding. View some pages to see what's there!

Compound Target Archery
The Equipment 
Significant Points Before Getting Started
Eye Dominance
Overview of the Shot
Lesson 1 – Learning Body Alignment

Lesson 2 – Shooting the Bow
Lesson 3 – Learning the Back Tension
/Hinged Jaw Release
Lesson 4 – Shooting the Back Tension
/Hinged Jaw Release
Lesson 5 – Aiming
Appendix – Your First Bow

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Simple Maintenance for Archery

Simple Maintenance for Archery- 2nd Edition

For Compound and Recurve Archers

This book is for archers who want to learn to maintain their own equipment. Top competitors maintain all their equipment so they know it is correct and the way they want it. Or if you enjoy crafts, this book is for you.

There are many things you can do to maintain equipment. Examples: Rather than throwing an arrow with a damaged nock, missing point, or beaten up fletching away, as long as the shaft is in good condition, you can repair it. If the center serving of your string is worn, it can easily be replaced rather than throwing it out. And if your nocks are either too tight or too loose on the string, you can change the thickness of the thread of the center serving to adjust the string thickness so it fits properly.

Along with maintenance of equipment, this book has handy tips on adjusting pieces so the equipment works properly Examples:  On a recurve, the windage adjustment has a limited range. If the adjustment is completely to one side and you need to move it further, you can recenter it without losing your sight position. Or with a recurve in particular, if you just bought a new sight, rather than starting from scratch and resighting all the distances, you can get really close sight marks with the new sight.

All of these and more are in Simple Maintenance for Archery. It’s a handy reference for those wanting all this kind of information in one spot. Richly illustrated, it shows how to all the things you need for equipment maintenance.

The book was written by Ruth Rowe, Olympian, and Alan Anderson. Both are long-time archers. Ruth is a retired international competitor and Alan is a craftsman of detailed and complex magic illusions and models

View pages from many Chapters in Adobe Acrobat Reader. The footer shows the Chapter.  

Installing and Replacing Nocks
Starting and Finishing a Serving
Getting More Distance on the Sight Bar

Matching Centershot of Two Plungers

Fletching Arrows Replacing a Center Serving Aligning the Sight Bar to the String

Matching Spring tension of two Plungers

Cutting Arrows Adding a D-Loop to a Compound Serving Leveling the Scope Level   
Installing and
Replacing Points
Serving on a Nocking Point Centering the Sight Pin  
Checking Arrows Making the Nocking Point Fit the Nock Changing a Sight without Losing the Windage  
  Installing a Peep Sight    
  Installing Kisser Button    
  Waxing the String    

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Archery: The Basics

Archery: The Basics DVD 

Archery: The Basics introduces learning to shoot recurve archery — information needed by anyone who is new to archery and wants to learn to shoot. It can also be used by a teacher/coach needing basic information and can be used as resource class material. This DVD includes background information — terminology, safety, the importance of eye dominance, etc. But the important part is the four lessons that are used to either teach yourself or to teach others:

Basic Body Position
Working with the Bow
Working with the Bow and Arrow
Starting to Shoot

Following the lessons are information segments detailing each aspect of shooting form.

Basic Body Position
Bow Hand
Bow Elbow
Drawing Hand
Drawing Arm

Other Items covered are String Alignment, Stringing a Recurve, and Setting Up the First Bow.

This is ongoing Help — This DVD is not a 'view once and put on the shelf.' The material is very condensed. It is meant to be studied again and again. Also, a teacher or an archer can create a video of shooting and if taken from the same camera position, compare what the archer is doing to what is on the DVD. This can help tremendously when working for improvement.

This DVD was written and produced by Ruth Rowe, Olympian, a retired international competitor, champion, record-holder, and now, coach.

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Archery: Refining your form

Archery: Refining Your Form DVD

Archery: Refining Your Form builds on the fundamentals presented in Archery: The Basics. It expands the information and presents more detail, giving the broader concepts an archer needs to improve. There are 8 segments, each addressing a different aspect of shooting technique. This DVD can be used by either an archer or an instructor.

The Importance of Mimetics
The Preset
The Bow Side
The Drawing Side
The Anchor and the Aim
Determining Your Stance
Getting In Line
Using the Clicker

In addition, at the beginning, there is a quick review of the shooting sequence presented in The Basics as well as tips on how to practice when learning something new.

This is ongoing help — this DVD is not a piece to 'view once and put on the shelf.' Like Archery: The Basics, the material is very condensed. It is meant to be studied again and again. Also, if the archer is filmed from the same camera position used in this tape, the archer or coach can directly compare the two. This can help tremendously when working for improvement. This DVD includes information on the camera angles to use when making a personal video.

Archery: Refining Your Form was written and produced by Ruth Rowe, Olympian,a retired international competitor, champion, record-holder, and now, coach.

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Training Bows
Ultra Light-weight Limbs and Bows

These limbs and bows are ideal for youth in general to learn to shoot, or for those wanting to relearn shooting technique using USA Archery's National Training System.

Quantity discounts are available. Contact Quintessential Corporation directly.

"We have been using the ten-pound bows previously ordered from you with GREAT success!  These bows are perfect for training new archers in proper form. They also allow new archers to shoot for up to two HOURS without growing tired.  This allows for lots of practice time, from the very first day of training!" --The archery coaching staff of the Black Gold Archers, Bakersfield, CA

Ultra light-weight limbs

Ultra Light-weight Limbs -- $55.00

For Rolan, Samick Polaris, and similar Risers

For youth, particularly, but for anyone, learning proper technique requires starting with really light-weight equipment. It is best to learn without fighting just to hold the string back. These 10# limbs allow you to practice drawing and to shoot without the strain of heavy draw weight.

The limbs are wood/glass and fit the Rolan and similar risers (any riser that accepts Samick bolt-on limbs).

There are two lengths:
62” on the 23” riser
66” on the 25” riser

This allows two additional weights:  1) with the short limbs on the 25” riser, the bow is 64”, but 8 pounds, 2) with the long limbs on the 23” riser, the bow is 64” 12 pounds.

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66 inch
62 inch

Training Bow

Training Bow -- $125.00

This is for developing technique without shooting: learning the draw and other parts of proper recurve technique. It is the next step after using tubing, as the bow allows you to learn the anchor and feel the hand alongside the neck.

This bow cannot be shot because (at a minimum) a rest is required. These could be added, if desired. See the Shootable Bow.

The Training Bow has the following pieces.

Rolan Riser
10# limbs, 62", 64" (8# or 12#), or 66"

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Left or Right Handed:
Left Handed
Right Handed

Shootable Bow

Shootable Bow --  $160.00

This is a complete bow which can be used for both learning technique and shooting. Light mass weight and light draw weight is ideal for beginners, particularly young kids. Even though the bow is light weight, it is properly balanced as any other bow would be.

It has the following pieces:

Rolan Riser 62" or 66"
10#, or 64" 8# or 12#
Rest and cushion plunger

If you like, we can do the initial assembly, so it is ready to put together and shoot when received ($15.00.)

Left or Right Handed:
Left Handed
Right Handed
Not Assembled

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Training Devices

These are specialty items for training that most shops do not carry, or unique pieces not found elsewhere. If you are a serious archer looking to improve performance, consider what these can do for you.

Stretch Tubing

Stretch tubing red

Stretch Tubing

For newer archers and youth, a loop of latex tubing can be used to learn proper technique at a much lighter weight than most bows. It allows the archer to practice learning proper body position and the motions needed for successful shooting without straining just to hold the bow. It acts as the bow, and can be shot to learn proper release and follow-through. It is almost a necessity for those wanting to learn proper NTS technique.
While the tubing can be shot, it is usually preferred when teaching how to hold the string and keep the back of the hand relaxed, and with beginning archers, gives a close reference to proper bow hand position on the bow as well as helping to learn to keep the bow wrist and hand relaxed. The archer can learn everything up to the release comfortably and much easier than with what is usually a too-heavy bow.

These pieces of latex tubing are 30” long. An overhand knot makes it a loop: the shorter the loop, the heavier the 'draw weight.'

If you want to shoot it, it might be good to get a finger sling, too. That way, the tubing stays in your hand on the shot. 

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Stretch Bands NEW ITEM!

Stretch bands are softer and easier on the bow hand if you want to practice a complete shot from the beginning through the Release to the Follow-Through. However, because they are a band, there is more material, making it more difficult to learn to solidly hook the fingers while keeping the rest of the hand relaxed.

So the ideal situation is to use a piece of tubing to learn about the hands, then use the band to practice the whole shot. They are 6 feet long, having enough length to properly wrap one around the bow hand so it does not slip and keeps the hand as close to the proper position.


Strap one

Strap 2



A strap helps you learn proper shooting technique, as well as building both strength and flexibility for shooting. Straps help a recurve archer learn to use the back correctly, as you cannot overdraw. It helps compound archers learn to use the back, and is a safe way to practice a back tension/hinged jaw release.. If you are already shooting, it will help you refine your technique. 

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the Ultimate Trainer

Coming Soon! ---- The Ultimate Trainer
This training device allow you to shoot without an arrow.  Serious archers use it to refine technique to develop top-level performance.

Easier to use and more comfortable than similar devices, the Untimate Trainer is much more comfortable than similar products on the market. And it has an added advantage -- you can to disconnect the bow from your arm without taking it off! Back to top

Specialty Items
Here are a couple things that are unique. They can enhance your shooting experience.

Finger sling in use

different sizes

Finger Slings
Slings are necessary for proper shooting, as the hand never holds the bow. Additionally, they are handy when using stretch tubing or straps for training, as they will leave the hand when shot. The sling keeps it in the hand.

Choosing the Correct Length
These slings come in 4 sizes: Short, Medium, Long, and Extra Long. The Medium sling fits the average youth, while the Large fits an average adult. The Extra Long sling may be good for those using the National Training System. The keepers are longer, so the sling is more secure around the fingers. On the average adult hand, the loop will be near the end of the thumb.

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on bow

Sight Pins

These are specialty sight pins that glow in the light. Instead of just a glowing dot in a dark circle, the circle glows, giving you better definition of the circle in relation to the target. It is a unique view of the target and can be especially effective in dimmer light. Which color works best depends on the color of the target and how you see.
8/32 thread in four colors:  yellow, orange, red, and purple.

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PO Box 9224
McLean, VA 22102-3516