Shooting a compound bow without a release can seem like a simpler task when compared to using one. However, while it is technically possible to do so there are several nutritional risk factors to be aware of. Not having a release to apply some of the pressure from the draw can cause excessive strain on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It also requires significantly more strength and practice to shoot with accuracy. In this article, we will look at how to shoot a compound bow without a release, and why – all things considered – it is not recommended.
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What You’ll Need
Before getting started, you’ll need the necessary equipment. A compound bow is required, of course, as is an arrow and arrow rest. Make sure the arrow rest is secure and positioned correctly so as to avoid introducing any additional risk of the arrow dislodging during the draw. You’ll also need a target, eyewear for safety, a bow stringer for easier pulling, and finally, a stabilizer.
Now that you have all the necessary equipment, it’s time to commence. Despite it being possible to draw a bow without a release, it is recommended to use a bow stringer here, as it makes it much easier and requires a lot less strength. Have your bow strung and adjusted correctly, taking extra care to ensure all mechanical parts are secured and working correctly.
The anchoring step is necessary in order to draw a bow and keep the string steady. When properly anchored on the face, the draw will be more stable and more accurate. To do this, press the bowstring to your chin, lips, nose, or cheek, depending on your preferences and experience. This will press the string back to the same spot, making aiming easier.
Once you have successfully set up the draw and are in an ideal anchoring position, you can begin the release. This is a step that all shooters should take with due care, as failing to do so can result in injury. To begin the release, you must open your bow hand and move it away from your face. Open your fingers slightly and use the index finger to draw the string back towards your anchor point.
Once you are close to your draw length and are about to release the arrow, you must strive for a stable form. Holding the bow in your bow hand, take hold of the handle with your bow hand, stand firm and pull your shoulders back. This will stabilize your bow and help improve the accuracy of your shot.
Why You Shouldn’t Shoot Without a Release
Practicing archery without a release may seem like a simpler task, but it should not be done without due diligence and experience. When shooting a compound bow without a release, the high tension of the bowstring can quickly cause injury. Since the string does not have a release to help absorb tension, it places the shooter at a higher risk of a misfiring event, especially when shooting with high pressure bows. Additionally, due to the complexity and difficulty of the act, beginners should always use a release until they have gained more experience.
In conclusion, shooting a compound bow without a release is possible, but not necessarily advisable. The high tension of the bow string increases the risk of misfire events and injuries, so it requires an experienced shooter and a lot of practice. That said, if you do wish to practice shooting without a release, always take the necessary precautions and be sure to use the right equipment in order to keep yourself safe.
How to shoot a compound bow WITHOUT A RELEASE – and why you shouldn't
Compound bows are generally shot with a release, but some archers either don’t like the feel of the release or can’t get used to it. Therefore, there are quite a lot of compound archers that prefer to shoot with their fingers. In this video, I explain how you shoot a compound bow without a release and why it’s better to stick with a release instead.
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