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Have a look at the video clip below, you will not see any of the archers shown holding the bow tight, (no death grip) or grabbing the bow after the shot. Let the bow shoot without interference, this cannot be stressed enough.
Use a finger sling and let the bow shoot.

Recurve tuning.

I took this article from the website of Archery Australia. A very clear explanation of setting up the bow to shoot with the best arrow flight, perhaps a little technical for some but very informative. (The link will open a new tab)


Here is a link to the World Archery website and an article on ten things every new
(and many experienced) archers should know.

What is brace height?

Brace height is the distance between the deepest part of the handle and the string, many people also measure from the pressure button to the string which is in most cases the same.

Brace height is critical in two areas – arrow speed and bow forgiveness.

Generally speaking, a shorter brace height helps a bow generate more arrow speed. Let's say you took two bows of 30 pounds draw weight, with a 28-inch draw length, and one has a 7-inch brace height and the other 9 inches. If you shot the same arrow from both bows, the bow with the 7-inch brace height should shoot the arrow faster than the other. A bow’s forgiveness relates to accuracy. A forgiving bow minimizes an archer’s mistakes, while an unforgiving bow magnifies them.

Bows with shorter brace heights tend to be less forgiving than those with longer brace heights, because the string is in contact with the arrow for a longer period. An archer therefore has to maintain perfect form for a longer stretch, until the arrow is in the air.

Suggested brace heights, experiment for best performance.


What is the anchor point?

The anchor point is a spot on your face that your bow string hand---or the string itself---should touch when you're at full draw.

The anchor point is crucially important, because having a single spot to which you routinely draw means that you will be able to aim with consistency. Without an anchor point, it is absolutely impossible to consistently hit a target.

Anchor Points and the recurve bow:

A good spot for beginners using a recurve bow could be the corner of your mouth, when you're at full draw, the index finger on your draw hand could touch the corner of your mouth because it's easy to remember, easy to reach, and easy to repeat time after time.

For more advanced archers, If you're watching any archery competition, you may see archers use an under-the-jaw anchor (and if you watch the Olympics, you'll see a lot of under-the-jaw anchors). The under-the-jaw anchor gives competitive archers more points of reference: they can feel their hand underneath their chin, the string at the same spot on their lips, and the string on their nose. After extensive practice, they build up a sense memory of where the string should be at each point, and are able to draw the bow exactly to the same spot time and time again---which translates to more accuracy and consistency. Below, South Korean Olympic gold medalist Ki Bo-bae uses an under-the-jaw anchor that comes to the tip of her nose, the middle of her lips, and just under her jaw.

While we are looking at this archer, look closely at her bow hand, the position of the bow against the soft part at the base of the thumb, not in the palm of her hand, knuckles at 45 degrees, The relaxed state of the fingers, the slightly bent bow arm and the lowered bow-arm shoulder, great form.


Bow Grip:

The way we hold the bow is very important, if we hold the bow in a tight grip, not only have we created tension that will be released on the loose causing the bow to move, affecting arrow flight, but the forearm is now in danger of being struck by the string, this is painful, but worse, it seriously affects accuracy. Study the pictures below, if the bow is held with the knuckles at a 45 degree angle and a finger sling is used the bow cannot fall, so no need to hold tight or grab at the moment of loose, also the forearm is rotated out of the string path so cannot be hit. Work on the bow hand grip will be rewarded with greater accuracy.  Note that the thumb is pointing at the target when the grip is correct..


Aiming the Recurve bow:

Have a look at this You Tube clip that does a fair job of explaining the techniques for aiming a Recurve bow. One important tip here is to keep both eyes open and focus on the target, not the sight pin.

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