9 replies [Last post]
Offline
Location: Yakima
Joined: 10/25/2007
Posts: 81
need some help

well i just did my very first 3d target shoot today. i scored a 240/524 wth 40 targets while 2 of them were double points.... just started shooting my first bow which is a fred bear "instinct" 51lbs on the 2nd of feb and bastically shot at the in door range for 12 days for atleast a 1.5hr durring the work week and 3 hrs on the weekends. took a week off due to work and few other things... over all i think i did a good job.
however im shooting wth out a stabilizer or a wrist sling. but plan on getting one in march. any suggestions on length and weight? how can i be more stable wth my shots? i notice a lot of wabbleness at the further shots in my left arm that holds my bow. how can i improve the strength in my left arm?

Offline
Location: indiana
Joined: 02/16/2009
Posts: 18
need some help

lI run a 12in 15oz stabilizer on my 3-D/hunting bow.The pins hold very still at full draw. Do you need one that long? Most dont shoot longer stabs .some people dont like the extra carry weight,while some may think it gets in the way.I reccamend a stabilizer of some sort.Maybe a Doinker 7in hunter. Did you by the bow from a pro shop? Some of your shakiness could be due to a too long of draw lenght and might need adjusted shorter. 90% of all compound shooters draw lenghts are too long. One of my all time shooting improvements was to relize how important DL is to being consistantly accurate.

Offline
Location: indiana
Joined: 02/16/2009
Posts: 18
need some help

Also the wrist stap is a crutch. I shoot a true open low wrist grip without grabing the bow at launch without a sling.i also dont care fore slings while hunting, but that being said if a sling gives you the confidence to shot a relaxed loose grip on the bow without fear of dropping it,go for it. Bow shooting is a very personal thing,what works or feels right to one may feel like crap to another.Go with what feels good and aim small.

Offline
Location: Yakima
Joined: 10/25/2007
Posts: 81
need some help

ok cool thanks for the replys.. now how do i stop from jerking the bow. i noticed too that i jerked left alot. shots that i made plenty of times at 20 at the range was right on but at the shoot off deal i jerked left. how can i prevent that?

CVC
CVC's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Kansas
Joined: 03/04/2006
Posts: 3586
need some help

Make sure you're using your back muscles and try to keep your arms and hands relaxed. I am assuming you're using a release, just keep practicing a smooth trigger pull.

Keep your bow hand relaxed so you don't get torque.

When you practice work on form not shooting a lot of arrows.

It will come with time and good practice.

Offline
Location: Yakima
Joined: 10/25/2007
Posts: 81
need some help

in regards to my last post bout jerking at the 20yrd range.. come to find out, some how my sight moved on me from the time i was dead on to the 3d shoot to tonight when i was shooting. all my arrows are str8 flying right (first thing i made sure of tonight when i was shooting) but i have corrected the situation woohoo.

Offline
Location: Yakima
Joined: 10/25/2007
Posts: 81
need some help
CVC wrote:
Make sure you're using your back muscles and try to keep your arms and hands relaxed. I am assuming you're using a release, just keep practicing a smooth trigger pull.

Keep your bow hand relaxed so you don't get torque.

When you practice work on form not shooting a lot of arrows.

It will come with time and good practice.

now does the arm that holds the bow, should that be semi relaxed too? like a slight bend or str8 kinda locked?

Offline
Location: indiana
Joined: 02/16/2009
Posts: 18
need some help

Something i didnt mention is good folowthru.Concentrate on the target until the arrow strikes,keep that relaxed loose feel thruout the shot sequence.Alot of times when you try to shot to many arrows in practice You get tired and your form falls apart i/e dropping the bow arm,peeking to see the shot,punching a release or plucking the string.Been there done that especially when I set up a new bow.

Offline
Location: indiana
Joined: 02/16/2009
Posts: 18
need some help

I need to read my posts better. I didnt reply to the elbow question.I seem to be inconsistant with a bent elbow but i am also inconsistant when I force my elbow to lock up. Its hard to describe but my bow arm/elbow is relaxed but straight along with my grip. Its a byproduct of getting my draw length exactly right and im never happy until I get it there.AS I mentionion in a past post correct draw length is a big step towards consistant form and accuracy.

Offline
Location: Yakima
Joined: 10/25/2007
Posts: 81
need some help

alright cool thanks for the replys everyone. im hoping to improve my shooting now wth ur advise Thumbs up