When watching the Hunger Games, I have to secretly admit that I envy Katniss and how she is able to pierce an arrow through any target no matter what the obstacles are all while looking like a super model. Well, I wanted to look like that too and that’s part of the reason why I decided to take Archery lessons at Pro Line Archery in Queens (hehehe)!
Pro Line Archery's shooting range gets very busy so it is important to arrive right before they open if you want to shoot without waiting. On weekends they are open from 1p-5p. We arrived at 12:45p and there were already 2 people waiting at the door, then once we got in the lessons were filled up for the day within the hour.
Stepping in to Pro Line you see people of all forms, men who hunt with a bow to girly girls like me who are looking to try something new and challenging! We decided to go with the beginners package that includes a lesson, rental, and 2 hours of open shooting. The total price of this package is an incredible $20!
Shooting with a bow is definitely more challenging than I expected. You can see above how much help I needed just trying to hold the bow right! However, Pro Line's teachers give you tips and advice on how to improve. Also, it's important to note that I have never been great at aiming, while the friends I went with were able to hit the bulls-eye countless times!
The 2 hour session starts with a teacher providing arrows, bows, and protection gear to each student. You will have to wear a cover on your wrist to prevent the bow from snapping back and a grip on your hand to pull back the bow string. These were life savers as I hit my wrist countless times with the bow string (probably because I am terrible at aiming)and it would have left a mark if it wasn't for the leather covering protecting me! Next you will go over how to hold the bow (see gif below) which essentially involves pushing your chest forward and holding your arms as they instruct. When you pull back the bow string it is really important to pull with your index finger until your index finger is touching the far outer corner of your lip. If you don’t pull it to this exact location aiming is very challenging!
Once the lesson is complete you are able to do open shooting for 2 hours. Essentially this involved me missing the bull’s-eye about 99% of the time but I hit it once and felt super badass! Bring it on Katniss!
Archery is fun to hang out with friends/family or even go on a date (I would say it’s a 2nd or 3rd date spot)! Check out their website for more details on weekday hours and other packages.
May the odds be ever in your favor!