Release vs Finger Shooting





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Published on Sep 3, 2011

So I was trying out the range at the TXAA State Archery Training Center in Plano (opened up around July), and wanted to compare my release shooting with my finger shooting. I never use the release, in addition to my bow being set up for fingers, not a release, so this is another reason why my shooting is so bad.

One really funny thing is that I used a release for my range qualification test (you have to get 5 out of 6 arrows on that white thing, from either 10 yards, or 15, to be able to shoot on the range). With the release, I got all of my arrows on the white thingy for my range qualification test, so I'm not at all sure why after a few hours, none of my release shot arrows hit the target... :-|

I have a lot of eccentricities in my shooting style and method, but it works for me. I'm getting back into the sport, so that's why I'm shooting at the white foam thing, instead of the targets.

I'm a compound finger shooter (I shoot compound bows, with my fingers on the string. No release [I do poorly with them] and no finger tab or gloves) as well (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZzvPl...). I own one, but this bow has its draw length set for finger shooting, not releases. Also, the arrow rest being used on this bow is for being used with a release, not finger shooting. I also pull with three fingers, but once I'm set, I shoot with only two (index above the nock, middle below), so as to offset the string release less than the three finger release.

My stance is also very unique as well, as I put my weight on my back leg, and bend it, almost as if I'm doing a backwards lunge (warm up exercise, not the physical act of lunging at or towards some thing/one), and my bow arm is bent slightly.

I'm also shooting at about 16 and 1/2 yards.

I CAN shoot up to 60#s, but that's a little struggle, so I choose to only shoot 40#s, with a 26" draw length.

The bow I'm shooting is a "Craze", by "Mission by Mathews". This bow is considered a "beginners' bow", mainly because it's not as specialized in draw weight and length, but rather, is VERY adjustable. The length can be adjusted from 19"-30", and the weight can be adjusted from 15#s-70#s. Not too shabby. Essentially, you could shoot this bow through your entire archery career.

This bow, however, is only my temp bow, as I normally shoot a BowTech 2010 Sniper. The poor thing dry fired on me when I was testing an adjustment I made, due to my cat nibbling on the string, and my neglect to check the damage from that before flexing it.

After I get the Sniper compound bow back, I intend to turn the Craze back into a "release" bow, and the Sniper into my finger shooter.

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Executive Directors:
Clint Montgomery (214-827-7000) [Cell]
Clint is a bow hunter.

Tony Fontana (214-683-6654) [Cell]
Tony is a target shooter.

600 Accent Drive
Suite B
Plano, TX
(Plano Pkwy @ 75) next to the PGA Store.

It is actually attached to the PGA store (left of the PGA), right behind (South of) Chic-Fil-A.
There is no label, sign or markings on the building.

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