Go Back  HuntingNet.com Forums > Archery Forums > Bowhunting
 Bending Elbow--Or Not >

Bending Elbow--Or Not

Bowhunting Talk about the passion that is bowhunting. Share in the stories, pictures, tips, tactics and learn how to be a better bowhunter.

Bending Elbow--Or Not

Old 08-28-2003, 05:14 PM
  #1  
Typical Buck
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: McCall Idaho USA
Posts: 753
Default Bending Elbow--Or Not


Guys I saw A thread written awhile back talking about bending your elbow slightly during practice. It was supposed to help you relax and tighten your groups. Is this true, or did I misunderstand it. Was hoping someone could help out here. elknut1
elknut1 is offline  
Old 08-28-2003, 05:28 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location:
Posts: 587
Default RE: Bending Elbow--Or Not

a slightly bent elbow and relaxed arm are to help you from torquing the bow also a bent elbow will keep the string from hitting you on the forearm, but relaxing your bow arm and bow hand help reduce the chances of bow torque....
rebel wolf is offline  
Old 08-28-2003, 11:41 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 174
Default RE: Bending Elbow--Or Not

ditto
Mahly13 is offline  
Old 08-29-2003, 04:39 AM
  #4  
 
PA Hardwoods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Howard PA USA
Posts: 2,221
Default RE: Bending Elbow--Or Not

Rebel Wolf is dead on, another thing this tells you is that if you can not bend your elbow at full draw then your draw length is too long and you need to shorten things up.
PA Hardwoods is offline  
Old 08-29-2003, 06:14 AM
  #5  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NC
Posts: 1,282
Default RE: Bending Elbow--Or Not

I just went through this bent elbow ordeal recently. I have always shot a 30" draw with a slight bend in the elbow and have always shot great but the local bow shop guy has been telling me that i have a 29" draw and that i wasn' t bending my elbow enough. He measured me and watched my form over and over so after a while i finally let him talk me into a 29" draw, big mistake! It' s amazing how much that 1" makes. Although i shot the bow well it was very uncomfortable to me because i had to bend my elbow way more than i wanted to in order to be able to anchor correctly. The bow also kept creeping and trying to collapse before i was ready to shoot. Unfortunately the bow maxed out at 29" draw so after about two months of trying to adjust to it i sold and went back to 30" and i' m glad i did. I know there are lots of guys who shoot to long of a draw but i think you should shoot what ever you can shoot the best and be the most accurate with and comfortable.
Mykey is offline  
Old 08-29-2003, 09:02 AM
  #6  
mez
Nontypical Buck
 
mez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Sturgis, SD
Posts: 1,983
Default RE: Bending Elbow--Or Not

I shoot with a very slight bend in the elbow. I used to shoot with a straight arm and my brother convinced me to change my form. I didn' t see much of a difference. I read an article in Bow and Arrow Hunting, don' t remember the fellow who wrote it, on this subject. The guy is an olympic archer and he shoots with a locked elbow. His opinion was do whatever is comfortable for you, neither is right or wrong. Try both and make your own decision.
mez is offline  
Old 08-29-2003, 09:02 AM
  #7  
CG
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Lingle WY USA
Posts: 527
Default RE: Bending Elbow--Or Not

Almost all world class shooters (Dave Cousins et al) shoot with locked (but relaxed) elbow. I personally shoot with a bent elbow simply for the additional clearance with hunting clothes. Go to archerytalk.com and type " elbow" in the search engine and you will see hundreds of posts on this. Proponents of a locked elbow say that it creates a more repeatable set-up and people that shoot bent elbow say it is irrelevent. I say for hunting situations/accuracy it is irrelevent but I' ve never won a world archery title either.
CG is offline  
Old 08-29-2003, 10:34 AM
  #8  
Boone & Crockett
 
PABowhntr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Lehigh County PA USA
Posts: 12,157
Default RE: Bending Elbow--Or Not

I always advise shooters to use a slightly bent elbow.....just enough to unlock it from a locked position. My logic is rather simple. By locking your arm you are forcing more of a bone to bone contact thus making it much more difficult to hold steady. By slightly unlocking your arm you are forcing your muscles to steady the bow instead thus making it easier to hold a steady aiming point.
PABowhntr is offline  
Old 08-29-2003, 11:52 AM
  #9  
CG
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Lingle WY USA
Posts: 527
Default RE: Bending Elbow--Or Not

PA,
Not that I disagree with you but the reason that Dave Cousin says he locks his elbow is the consistency of the bone on bone contact......FWIW I agree with you but I don' t shoot like Dave either.
CG is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
mossberghunter93
Young Hunters
53
11-21-2008 10:12 AM
Okieboy
Guns
0
04-21-2008 04:47 PM
Okieboy
Guns
0
04-21-2008 10:56 AM
bumkin
Technical
12
08-13-2005 08:59 AM
Huntsalotey
Bowhunting
12
10-01-2004 03:56 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Quick Reply: Bending Elbow--Or Not


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.