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Went to the archery shop

I went to the No Limits Archery in Commerce City, CO, to get some new arrows since I was down to only 4 arrows.  Got to talking to one of the employees, and I went with the Gold Tips Expeditions with 2" Blazers, which was a change for me since I previously had 4 inch vanes on my old arrows.  The pro shop guy debated on going with less spine, but based on my current setup, it was best to stick with the same spine as my previous arrows.  They cut them down to the same length as my existing arrows, and then I started shooting at their 20 yd indoor range.  I did not notice a huge difference with these arrows, but I think I like them. 

I got to talking to another customer while I was shooting, and this guy decided I needed to meet another one of the employees (I think his name was Chris).  This guy was great!  He watched me shoot a few times and decided the first thing we needed to do was shorten my draw length.  When he was making that adjustment, he noticed that my cams were set to different draw lengths.  I guess this was causing my top cam to start turning sooner than my bottom cam, and this would make the arrow come up (?) as it came off my bow.  I had never even thought to check this because I assumed that the guy that set it up for me when I bought it in January had set it up correctly.  After watching me shoot a few more arrows, he noticed my cams were still slightly out of synch.  He added a few twists to my cable, and now my cams are set and timed correctly. 

After all these adjustments, we went to work on my form.  One of the main things he coached me on was locking out at full draw so that more muscle groups are relaxed.  Shortening my draw length naturally helped with this, but I still needed to relax my release hand (since the wrist strap will hold it in place without me holding it in a death grip) and relax my draw arm (since my back muscle only needs to be engaged). 

The second thing we worked on was shooting with the bow under positive tension.  He had me achieve this by drawing my bow, wrapping my pointer finger around the release trigger, and then pulling my draw arm back further (instead of pulling the release trigger with my finger) to disengage the release. This is supposed to reduce lateral movement as well as utilize the full force of the bow to launch the arrow.  

I highly recommend No Limits Archery for anyone near the Denver Metro area.  If you do go down to a pro shop thinking you might need help on your form, go ahead and ask for it instead of being an idiot like me and simply hoping someone will volunteer their help.  I love all the help they gave me, and I am excited to practice what I was taught.  My main regret is that I did not seek out this kind of help more actively sooner.  Now I only have about 7 weeks till archery antelope season, and I feel like I am nearly starting over. 

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While I have never been to No

While I have never been to No Limits I have heard good things about them.  It is amazing what having someone watch you shoot will do for you.  I use Archery in the Wild in Longmont and they have helped me alot with form and help me with my target panic.  I will add some advise to this post and say that once you find a good pro shop that works with you and helpes you alot stick with them.  they are a bunch of great guys out there and they get to work at something we all love to do.

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It souds like your as

It souds like your as stubborn as the rest of us and try to figure it all out yourself first and never ask for help.:lol:  I don't have what I consider a good shop in my immediate area but if I ever get my elbow under control and get to shooting I will be sure to find one as there are so many new bows and accessories it can be very confusing to someone who hasn't been around for awhile. I've learned a lot reading what you guys post up but I can see from what has just been said that it would be best to seek some professional guidance for at least a couple sessions to get things going again.

Good luck with your results and I hope you have a great season this year.

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wow i have heard of that shop

wow i have heard of that shop all the way down here in New Mexico.  I really like the gold tip arrows.  i have been using them ever since i started shooting bow.  We don't really have any good shops down here that are close to where i live all are about 2-3 hours away.  should get my bow to a shop before hunts this year.  don't want to blow the chance of a life time.  Never now!!  Good luck.. 

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I do tend to try to figure

I do tend to try to figure things out on my own, and I am a little reluctant to ask for help.  I would rather not bother people by asking them for help.  This website is probably the most help I have asked for.  I do plan on getting back down to No Limits a couple more times before season.  I want to follow up to see how I am doing with their previous suggestions.  Also, since we shortened my draw length, I think I can shorten my arrows, and consequently use an arrow with lower spine.  I will find out what they think the next time I make it down there. 

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Thank You

Professional instruction is worth years of do it yourself teaching.

If I was to take up archery, before I so much as looked at a bow, I would pay for an hour with an Instructor. The money spent initially would save untold hundreds or thousands in the long run. Not to tell you what to do, but if it were me, I think I would've just found my "Go To" archery shop. Also, I'd look at sending the owner a thank you letter letting him know about his high quality employees, by name, if possible. This will help the owner to know, beyond just a profit and loss statement, that he made the right choice in keeping the doors open.

 

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