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.