A sport of skill, patience, and technical precision, archery is one of those activities that may appear easy to an observer but is something that takes an immense amount of practice and hard work to perfect. Proper form, physical strength and stamina, and excellent self-awareness are all required for consistent performance in archery. The only way to gain this is through hard work and repetition. Much like learning a new language or instrument can’t be done in a day, it takes constant practice to refine archery skills and keep them in top form.
Whether participants are involved in competitions, hunting, or just shoot recreationally, the most basic practice method in archery is target practice. Shooting arrows at targets accurately is the only way to generate the muscle memory and strength needed for optimal performance. Targets are made from many different materials, and come in all shapes and sizes. The most basic of all targets is the foam archery target, a product Foam Factory, Inc. is proud to offer to beginners and experts alike.
Offered as a 2 inch thick, 23 inch by 24 inch polyethylene sheet, these targets have a foam density of 6 pounds for a resilient and tough target that won’t damage arrows. Depending on the power of the bow being used, multiple target panels can be combined to double, triple, or even quadruple target thickness to prevent arrows passing through targets completely; a safety hazard and an easy way for them to be lost or damaged.
Polyethylene is a closed-cell, chemically cross-linked foam material, which helps it resist moisture. Open-cell foam is the opposite, with every cell interconnected; one of the reasons it is so absorbent. Even after being punctured by shots from a bow, the physical makeup of the material is resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria, so if moisture does have access to ruptured cells, it will not compromise the integrity of the product. Its flexibility and high shock absorption capability make it excellent for handling the impact of high-power shots as well.
The 2 inch polyethylene foam archery targets feature a smooth, water-resistant skin on either side of the foam target face, which improves its outdoor usability. The greater 6 pound density also offers more performance material and mass than lower density foam does within the same dimensions. Polyethylene targets come in plain, non-painted, non-covered sheets. This allows the user to apply their preferred target design or even add one as basic as a drawn-on target with a permanent marker, another benefit of its smooth outer skin.
For serious archers with high-powered bows who take hundreds of shots a day, practice targets need to be able to tout a level of durability not required by more casual archers. People who take archery this seriously often make their own DIY targets to meet their particular needs. These are typically made of high density materials like carpet squares or corrugated cardboard stacked atop one another and then compressed with a bolted clamp system or straps. Closed-cell foams are equally as effective in these setups, and due to their compression ability, can be layered tightly to handle very high-powered shots without damaging the arrows or arrow tips. Foams like neoprene rubber sheet and polyethylene roll are perfect for these types of block foam homemade archery targets, as they are easy to work with and come in various sheet sizes. Foam Factory sells their neoprene sheet in regular and high density sheets, in thicknesses from 1/8 of an inch to 2 inches, and sheet sizes either 80 by 24 inches or 80 by 48 inches. Polyethylene roll is available in 2 and 4 pound densities, thicknesses from 1/8 of an inch to a 1/2 inch and sheet sizes 60 inches wide, offered by the linear foot or in 50 foot rolls.
Archery is a craft as much as it is a sporting activity, but one that can be enjoyed by beginners and life-long archers alike. Whether you shoot as a way to relax and have fun, or shoot for practice to improve your skill for tournaments and clubs, a foam archery target from Foam Factory is a smart, affordable decision.
Note: Foam Factory, Inc. will not have any liability to anyone for incidental or consequential damages or any other liability, injury, loss or damage arising out of or related to our products, even if Foam Factory or an authorized representative of Foam Factory has been advised of the possibility of such damages.