Anchor Point

The reference point that a person pulls the bow string to before releasing. This point should be the same for each shot and may be the chin, side of the mouth, or other reference point.

ArcheryGB (GNAS)

The official archery body in the UK is registered as: Grand National Archery Society (GNAS) but has a trading name of ArcheryGB and their website can be found at

Material attached to the forearm of the bow that holds the bow to protect it from a string burn or keeps the sleeve from catching on the string.

Arrow shaft

The main body of the arrow before the nock, fletching, or point is installed. It can be made from several materials including wood, aluminium, carbon, and composites.

Arrow straightener

A tool used to straighten aluminium arrow shafts (not to be used on wooden or carbon arrows) that are only slightly bent.

Bare shaft

An arrow shaft without fletching.

Bracing Height Gauge

A T-shaped tool used to determine where to place the string nock, measure brace height, and tiller.


A target, typically made from tightly compacted foam or straw. The Boss’s used at Lintman Archery are made of compacted foam.

Bow string

Several strands of material twisted together to form a strong string used to launch an arrow.

Bow stringer

An aid that helps to prevent limb twist and tip damage while installing the bow string.

Brace height

The distance from the string to the deepest part of the handle. This height can be changed by twisting the string tighter to increase the height and untwisting it to decrease the height.


A gadget attached to the bow which clicks when you are at your desired anchor point.

Compound bow              

A bow with one or two cams that provide let-off and power.

Draw length

The distance a person draws a bow, measured from the bottom of the arrow nock to the back of a bow when in shooting position.

Draw weight

Amount of pull weight measured in pounds that it takes to pull a bow string a certain distance.


The reinforced paper that is stretched over the boss. It is marked with five different-coloured scoring rings, each of which is sub-divided into two which are typically used for metric rounds. You can download the ArcheryGB ‘Guide to Scoring and Tournaments’ for more detailed information.


The feathers or vanes used to stabilise an arrow in flight.

Fletching clamp

The clamp that the fletching is placed into before being attached to a fletching jig.

Fletching jig

A tool used to hold the fletching clamp(s) which apply fletching to arrow shaft.

GNAS (ArcheryGB)

The official archery body in the UK is registered as: Grand National Archery Society (GNAS) but has a trading name of ArcheryGB and their website can be found at


Thin strips of material that run the length of a laminated bow. Can be found both the limb and riser section.


The ends of the bow that bend when the string is pulled back.


The traditional one piece, wooden, English bow.

Nock on arrow

The arrow part glued or pushed into the back of an arrow shaft that the bow string fits into. On early or very traditional arrows, the nock is cut into the shaft itself.

Nocking point on bow string

A mark put on bow string to mark the nocking point of the arrow. Sometimes a simple knot on a string is used, sometimes the point is marked with a brass clip with a rubber insert to protect the string.

Nocking pliers

Special pliers used to install or remove brass string nocks.

Nocking point

The spot on bow string where the arrow nock is placed to be shot.

Puller (Arrows)

Is exactly what it says – a device for extracting (pulling) arrows that are stuck in the boss target or target stand. There are many types but the most common are the hand puller which aids the grip on an arrow or the mechanical puller which levers a stuck arrow out without bending or damaging the arrow.


A piece of archery equipment that holds arrows. It may be attached to the bow, placed on a belt, or carried on your shoulder or back.

Recurve bow

The most common bow used where the tips of the bow curve back away from the string, Lintman novice club bows are recurve.


Letting go of the string to shoot an arrow.


String material applied to the bow string to in the nock area to make the string last longer and used also to make a loop in the string ends.

Sight window

The area of the bow above the grip and arrow shelf where you would mount a site.


A weight rod of various lengths and weights that is attached to a bow to reduce vibrations and give better control of grouping of shots.

Bow Stand

A stand that where the bow is placed after shooting a round.

String groove

The notches at the end of the bow limbs where the bow string is placed.


A small piece of material placed between fingers and string to protect the fingers while shooting.

Take down bow

A recurve bow that can be taken apart for transportation usually in 2 or 3 pieces.


The distance from the string perpendicular to each limb. Before adjusting the tiller please discuss with your coach.