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#3357891 - 09/13/13 09:58 AM Shooting a wrist strap release with back tension
infoman jr.
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Registered: 10/05/03
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I've heard more than one person say to use your back muscles to pull the trigger on a strap release. I've never understood how that was possible. Your back muscles can pull on your arm which pulls on the strap which pulls on the loop, but your finger still has to bend to pull the trigger. I just push/pull, push/pull, then pull the trigger when it looks and feels right. But I'm pulling with my finger, not my back.

Am I missing something?
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#3357932 - 09/13/13 10:27 AM Re: Shooting a wrist strap release with back tension [Re: infoman jr.]
TNDeerGuy
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Registered: 11/28/06
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Actually, you're not missing anything—you are partially right. While the strap is connected to your arm it is hard to use back tension because your hand is also connected to the arm which is connected to the strap. I know some people that claim to be using back tension, but when watching them it is obvious they are using finger pressure instead—possibly a subliminal thing. However, it is possible and it is very hard for me to explain, but what I have found is that if you begin to apply pressure to the trigger and stop just before it fires and then relax your hand while pulling back with your back muscles it can go off. You will never get it to go off just by touching the trigger and pulling with your rhomboids as you correctly stated—you have to already be applying pressure with your finger...it works better with a bow that has a very solid wall.

Or............you can just by a wrist style of release that Tim Gillingham uses called the Rip Shot. It actually uses the back tension via the elbow/back muscles.

For the record....I have made my wrist strap release go off with back tension, but not with any amount of consistency at all, and it is a complete surprise when it happens—more of a surprise than the normal surprise. Shocked actually might be a better description..LOL.
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#3358056 - 09/13/13 11:53 AM Re: Shooting a wrist strap release with back tension [Re: TNDeerGuy]
UTGrad
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Registered: 12/01/07
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Loc: Franklin, TN

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The Carter Like Mike was designed to be shot with back tension. You can adjust the travel and trigger tension to where just a small increase in pressure will activate the release. The small movement of my release hand when I apply back tension makes the release fire. It's a wrist strap that functions like a target release. I can fire this release using the EXACT same muscles as my Scott Longhorn hinge. It's all in the travel and tension set up of the release.
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