Best Arrow Drill


Like the common golf “scramble” round, in “best arrow” a team of two or more archers using a multi-spot target face earn a team score by taking the score for the best arrow of the group for each target face. A multi-spot face is required to allow the archers to compare their scores for each arrow shot.

For example, Archer A and Archer B shoot the following scores on a vertical three-spot face:

ArrowArcher AArcher B

The pair would earn a score of 29 points for this end by using Archer A’s 9 and 10 from the first two arrows and Archer B’s 10 from the third arrow.


This drill allows archers of similar to differing skills to compete together while providing a little extra pressure to shoot a good score when one partner makes a poor shot and the other partner has a change to erase it by getting a higher score.

Unless one archer is much more skilled than the other, the two archers together should be able o shoot a better score than either one would on his or her own. This can help build a sense of teamwork and build each archer’s self image.


  • Require that the group use at least one arrow from each participant for the team’s score. That wouldn’t change the score from the example above, but might come more into play when the participants have different skill levels.
  • Have two groups compete against one another with each group utilizing “best arrow” scoring.
  • If the archers in one group are of vastly different skill levels, consider using a handicap to give the lower skilled archer a boost.