You know this one, right? It's for putting up targets. Anyway, Mom's more of a golfer than archer, but our quality time this week coincided with the long awaited arrival of public range-friendly weather and we both had appropriate boots to slosh joyfully through the muck, so I dragged her down to the range with me. And she just kept talking about golf. Her brain was making popcorn with connections between the two sports. Look. She sent me her notes. I guess I come by my stack of notebooks honestly.
Archery and golf are two sports that are unique in that they do not need team effort, nor are they one on one. They are strictly one person, affected by the elements to be sure (like wind) and are almost zen-like. They require care and precision to attain perfection.
Both sports require that you respect the facility. Rules are important and keep within your boundaries. There is a proper place to stand and etiquette is really important for the safety and enjoyment of all. Both sports require a certain amount of silence for concentration of the player. On a driving range you never walk out to retrieve balls and on a course you must obviously wait for each person to hit their ball before proceeding or you risk serious injury. Likewise on target range you must wait for the call “Clear”. You pick up your own arrows/balls so that you can assess your performance. Both sports take a certain amount of agility and so one should not overdo their efforts without some practice. In golf, there are certainly some necessary stretches and probably some that would benefit the archer as well.
She'll enjoy this, the most overplayed fun fact about archery history: despite being a big golf fan, the King of Scotland in the 1400s banned the sport so his people would spend the time practising archery. That's because they were at war with England. And then the King of England, despite also being a golf dude, did the same thing in his country.
Long story short, I got told to tell you to tell your golfing friends: they should be out here with us on the range. Tell them the equipment's easier to lug. If they can't get a tee time, or if they don't have the time to do the whole 18 holes thing, this is what they should be doing. My mom says so.