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#3053993 - 11/28/12 07:49 PM Shoot open hand or closed hand ?
yamaha200
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How do you guys hold your bow when you shoot it. Do you have your hand open, or do you keep it closed, and grip your bow ?
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#3054003 - 11/28/12 07:54 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: yamaha200]
Radar
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Loose grip , relaxed open hand .
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#3054013 - 11/28/12 07:57 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: Radar]
The_Lawman
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
Loose grip , relaxed open hand .

Correct. Don't grip it like a hammer.

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#3054205 - 11/28/12 09:21 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: The_Lawman]
catman529
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Open hand and sling
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#3054211 - 11/28/12 09:23 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: catman529]
TNDeerGuy
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Open hand and fingers tucked.
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#3054216 - 11/28/12 09:25 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: TNDeerGuy]
infoman jr.
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Relaxed. Fingers are curled naturally but not touching anything.
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#3054871 - 11/29/12 10:43 AM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: infoman jr.]
Tracker56
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I open my hand as wide as I can get it to settle the grip then allow fingers to curl back around while still staying relaxed. I have found that helps the 'feel' of the grip to remain the same for each shot.
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#3055180 - 11/29/12 01:49 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: Tracker56]
UTGrad
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Not sure if this link will work but I have a relaxed grip. Everything is relaxed even my fingers so they are slightly curled. Tension would be similar to holding a baby bird.


http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc95/charlton_album/240c3dba.mp4




Edited by UTGrad (11/29/12 02:16 PM)

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#3055271 - 11/29/12 02:53 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: UTGrad]
BirdDog123
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Open hand, let the bow fall forward in your follow through. gives me a great shot when I can actually practice what I preach
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#3055337 - 11/29/12 03:43 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: BirdDog123]
WRbowhunter
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I shoot mine with my finger tips touching the front of the grip.When I first started I would shoot open hand during practice but when that big buck would come up had a problem with grabing the bow and griping the bow tight. With the finger tip method it stopped that. Of course I got 15 other issues that this won't fix.
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#3055372 - 11/29/12 04:05 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: WRbowhunter]
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I allow for a natural curl. I don't claim to be a archery expert, but as a musician, I can tell you that, in order to hold your fingers open, it requires tension. As tension is the opposite of relaxation, I do not see how that is a good thing. That being said, there are people who hold their hand open that shoot much better than me.
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#3055397 - 11/29/12 04:21 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: Poser]
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When I mentioned open hand , I do have my fingers relaxed and slightly curled, not straight . However , placement of the hand on the grip and wrist position is paramount to reducing torque . You can torque a bow with an open hand with improper hand placement or wrist movement .
Try this when practicing , draw back to full draw with an open hand , then move your wrist and watch the cables . You will see them moving . This is a sure sign of grip torque .
Proper hand placement and reducing wrist movement will also reduce grip torque . Being consistent with proper hand placement will make a huge difference in consistent shooting .
Hand pressure on the grip from a low wrist position , and medium and high wrist will alter your shots as well .
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#3055830 - 11/29/12 08:18 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: Radar]
TheAirMan
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Open hand with fingers curled very lightly touching the front of the grip.
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#3056587 - 11/30/12 09:49 AM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: TheAirMan]
FULLDRAWXX75
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 Originally Posted By: TheAirMan
Open hand with fingers curled very lightly touching the front of the grip.



ditto

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#3056601 - 11/30/12 09:58 AM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
Smoked
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open handed
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#3056959 - 11/30/12 01:45 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: Smoked]
Hoss
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The hand should not be open or closed it should just be. The muscles in the hand should be completely relaxed. The bow grip should sit in the depression between your thumb pad and the structure of the palm. The area that separates the meaty part of the thumb base and the rest of the palm makes a cradle that can be repeated every time. That is where accuracy will come from. It is about repeatabiity.
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#3076300 - 12/12/12 05:27 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: Hoss]
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Three fingers loosley closed, bow resting in the fork between thumb and forefinger.
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#3077557 - 12/13/12 02:05 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: bowriter]
deerhunter10
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Open in the crease of my hand
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#3077727 - 12/13/12 04:12 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
I allow for a natural curl. I don't claim to be a archery expert, but as a musician, I can tell you that, in order to hold your fingers open, it requires tension. As tension is the opposite of relaxation, I do not see how that is a good thing. That being said, there are people who hold their hand open that shoot much better than me.


Six string?

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#3077752 - 12/13/12 04:51 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: StalkingWolf]
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 Originally Posted By: StalkingWolf
 Originally Posted By: Poser
I allow for a natural curl. I don't claim to be a archery expert, but as a musician, I can tell you that, in order to hold your fingers open, it requires tension. As tension is the opposite of relaxation, I do not see how that is a good thing. That being said, there are people who hold their hand open that shoot much better than me.


Six string?


As a guitar player and archer , I see NO correlation between playing my guitar and holding my bow .
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#3077952 - 12/13/12 06:56 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: Radar]
FOX FIRE
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Both, tune into the target & let kind of tune out to myself & the bow. (strange in a way)
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#3082115 - 12/16/12 04:00 PM Re: Shoot open hand or closed hand ? [Re: WRbowhunter]
deerthug78
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myself i shoot completely open handed like im shaking some1's hand, just comfy for me and im more stable.
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