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#819777 - 07/13/08 06:01 PM Simple Changes
Trapper John
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I'm not sure why after 10 years of bowhunting that my grip suddenly became uncomfortable, but it did. Not the bow grip. My grip. It just didn't feel right when I was at full draw. I've been using the same grip method for years. I hate random annoyances like this.

I resolved the problem and I'm totally comfortable now but it's going to take some time before it becomes a natural thing. I was so used to my old style I keep wanting to slip back into it.

One good thing came of it though. As soon as I found my new comfort zone I was a lot more steady and accurate once I moved the sights. Feels a whole lot better. I just wonder why it took 10 years for me to think about the change.

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#819787 - 07/13/08 06:12 PM Re: Simple Changes [Re: Trapper John]
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#819798 - 07/13/08 06:18 PM Re: Simple Changes [Re: buzzr46]
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What did you change about the way you grip the bow ?
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#819809 - 07/13/08 06:31 PM Re: Simple Changes [Re: Radar]
Trapper John
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The grip of the bow is still in the "Y" of my hand, but I can no longer keep my fingers extended. I used to shoot with my fingers out so I wouldn't be tempted to clutch onto the bow.

Today I lightly curled my fingers until my index finger barely made contact with my thumb. It didn't put any extra pressure on the bow (That I can tell) but it sure made it feel a lot more stable to me and immediately after I did begin to shoot better than I had been over the past few weeks.

That's the best way I can describe it. A small change but I did have to adjust my sights a bit.

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#819995 - 07/13/08 08:44 PM Re: Simple Changes [Re: Trapper John]
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Consistency is what counts . That is similar to the grip I use , except I curl my other fingers under my hand .
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#821014 - 07/14/08 01:52 PM Re: Simple Changes [Re: Radar]
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If you can find the crease in your hand where the thumb actually makes it's bend and place the bow grip on the fatty part of your thumb and then curl your fingers back under and /or leave your index finger out and even touch your thumb with the index finger this is as a consistent of grip as you can find and it also does away with any torque in ther bow hand.
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#821032 - 07/14/08 02:00 PM Re: Simple Changes [Re: Toxophilite Phil]
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 Originally Posted By: Toxophilite Phil
If you can find the crease in your hand where the thumb actually makes it's bend and place the bow grip on the fatty part of your thumb and then curl your fingers back under and /or leave your index finger out and even touch your thumb with the index finger this is as a consistent of grip as you can find and it also does away with any torque in ther bow hand.


Thats what I do , Phil . It took a while to get the right feel , but it's the most consistent grip I have tried too .
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#821406 - 07/14/08 06:14 PM Re: Simple Changes [Re: Radar]
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I'm going to make a prediction. I predict with the next two years you are going to be diagnosed with athritis in your wrist. But take heart, you'll get use to it.

That was the first sign for me-painful shooting with extended fingers.
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#821456 - 07/14/08 06:50 PM Re: Simple Changes [Re: bowriter]
Trapper John
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I already have tendonitis in that wrist due to a fall several years ago. It flares up every now and then. I didn't think about that. That may very well be the reason.
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