Clout Archery

Clout is a form of archery in which archers shoot arrows at a flag (known as “the Clout”) from a relatively long distance and score points depending on how close each arrow lands to the flag.
Scoring zones are defined by maximum radii from the flag pole. Each arrow scores points depending on which scoring zone it enters the ground in. An arrow embedded in the flag pole is counted as being in the highest scoring zone. If an arrow is lying on the ground, it is considered to be in the scoring zone in which its point lies.
The scoring zones may be marked on the ground. Where this is not practical, a non-stretch rope or chain marked with the radii of the scoring zones is attached to the flag pole and swept around it to determine which arrows are in which zones.
A designated person collects the arrows in each zone, sorts them into sets, and lays them on the ground. Each archer in turn points to his or her arrows and calls out the scores in descending order.
A single clout round consists of three dozen arrows, shot in ends of 6 arrows. Tournaments typically consist of a double clout round, in which a total of six dozen arrows is shot”.

The field at Withington is marked out for clout shooting as well as target shooting although there is insufficient overshoot for compound bows. Recurves are restricted to 1-way clout although longbows and low poundage bows may shoot 2-way. Scoring circles are marked out for both FITA and GNAS clout at distances of 80 – 180 yards. We hold several clout practice sessions each year, usually between August & October to give archers a chance to practice before the National and Shropshire County clout competitions in October.

We continue to hold regular monthly clout practice sessions at the field. The next clout practice session is on see Forthcoming Events – from 10-12noon. Non-club members are welcome but will need to pay a visitors fee. The date of Shropshire County Clout competition is see Forthcoming Events. While we will welcome lots of entries from Bowbrook Archers for this event, you do need to sign that you have had some basic clout training before you compete. This training is offered at the session on see Forthcoming Events. Volunteers will be needed to help measure and mark out the clout on see Forthcoming Events. We’ll also need assistance before and on the day with the catering.