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Old 07-21-2009, 02:51 PM
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I was just wondering when you hold your bow do you shoot with an open hand or a closed hand. I personally shoot with an open hand but I was reading an article this weekend that suggested a partially closed hand is more accurate. I use to shoot closed handed but saw more accuracy when I started opening my hand. How do you shoot and what are your experiences????????
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:21 PM
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closed hand by habit...could shoot open handed though if it was needed
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:22 PM
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open hand no closed hand no.

Relaxed hand yes
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:31 PM
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open hand because most people tend to grasp the bow more firmly as you shoot which tends to twist the bow towards your thumb. watch someone shoot with a closed hand and you'll see what i mean.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by mohunter82 View Post
open hand no closed hand no.

Relaxed hand yes

Exactly.

You shouldn't be forcing your hand open any more than you should be gripping your bow. You should be shooting with a relaxed hand. If proper, the fingers will naturally curl around your bow but NOT grip the bow. This is where a wrist sling comes in handy. I shoot with such a relaxed grip that if I don't have a wrist strap on the bow, it shoots right out of my hand.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Rob/PA Bowyer View Post
Exactly.

You shouldn't be forcing your hand open any more than you should be gripping your bow. You should be shooting with a relaxed hand. If proper, the fingers will naturally curl around your bow but NOT grip the bow. This is where a wrist sling comes in handy. I shoot with such a relaxed grip that if I don't have a wrist strap on the bow, it shoots right out of my hand.
exactly use a relaxed grip
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:02 PM
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When I shoot, my pointer finger is just barely touching the tip of my thumb, but I am not gripping it.
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:26 PM
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Neither.

Shoot with a relaxed grip.

If someone were to walk up to you while at full draw they should be able to flick your fingers and they move just like if you were unconscious.
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:28 PM
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As Rob stated, you shouldn't force either one. You could go either way on my grip. I do not hold a tight grip nor do I have a wide open grip---somewhere in-between has proven to be comfortable and accurate for me.
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by BigDaddy12t View Post
When I shoot, my pointer finger is just barely touching the tip of my thumb, but I am not gripping it.
same grip I use
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