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Old 09-06-2011, 12:57 PM
Nontypical Buck
Join Date: Jan 2008
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You should be able to find some good instructional info out there, but nothing replaces quality practice. As already mentioned, having a comfortable draw weight is essential to excellent accuracy. No need to get macho. I have bow hunt with a 12 year old, medium built kid (now 16). He had a "youth" PSE set at 40#. Killed the heck out of deer with most shots pass-throughs ... about 100gr./lb. pull shaft wt. and a Muzzy 100 gr. broadhead. Clarence Yates, a local legendary archer gave me a great hint about how to determine a good hunting draw weight. Sit in an armless chair. Lift you feet off the ground. Put the bow directly in front of you and draw slowly in one continuous motion until at full draw. Hold and count slowly to 30. If you cannot do this with comfort and ease, your draw weight is too high.

As far as form. Where to start ?

One common error is to "choke the chicken" as a buddy of mine put it ... holding the riser with a strong grip. In most cases a tight grip will lead to torqueing the bow to the back hand side of the grip hand .. left ward for a right hand shooter. Try keeping the grip hand very relaxed at full draw.

Next up probably would be a consistent anchor point. A common practice is to use the thumb or finger of the release hand as one point and somewhere on the face/head as the other .... corner of the mouth, ear lobe, tip of the nose ... shooter's choice. Whatever you decide, repeat that anchor as best you can every shot. It's a geometry thing.

Another I'd add is what I call "become the arrow". Sounds weird, but I started out instinctive and later went to a sight system. When I release the arrow, I hold the "form" and sort imagine the arrow in flight as I watch it head towards the target. Keeps me from pulling off the target at the release.

Another is the release it self. It shold be gradual, controlled and never herky-jerky. Finger shooters sometimes tend to sort of what I'd call "pluck" the string rather than simply let the string escape. You should almost not know when the string releases. Same sort of concept when using a mechanical release. "Punching" is a common error. Practice releasing the arrow as smoothly as possible. I more or less used my entire shoulder to create that last increment of trigger pull. And always tried to sort of pull though the release in one slow, controlled, steady motion.

All that said, sadly I can no longer shoot a bow. At least not yet. I switched to a X-Bow 2 seasons back due to a severe injury and have yet to gain enough strength to go back "vertical". Oh well. Maybe soon !! But at 63, it ain't coming back like when I was 23 !!
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