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#823991 - 07/16/08 10:35 AM switching to a release
CZ284
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After 25 years of shooting fingers I switched to a release and peep sight about a month ago. I've been struggling getting my groups back to where they were with fingers.
Finally last night things seemed to come together, 1.5 inch groups at 20 yards, tennis ball size at 30, and softball size at 40.

I'm getting more comfortable with anchor point, etc. Have any of you also made this transition and how long did it take you to get comfortable with the new set up?

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#824191 - 07/16/08 01:50 PM Re: switching to a release [Re: CZ284]
StalkingWolf
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CZ,

I guess I am among the last of the hold-outs. I am considering making the change also, but I haven't talked myself into it yet. The real test will come when season opens. It is difficult to keep those old instincts from taking over. I would practice as much as possible until using the release seems like second nature to you.

Good Luck

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#824228 - 07/16/08 02:23 PM Re: switching to a release [Re: StalkingWolf]
CZ284
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I agree- the more I shoot the more comfortable it's getting. I'm also finding a couple little muscles in the rhomboid area that are getting hit differently when I draw which has caused some discomfort, but that goes away like any sore muscle would.

There's a lot of old muscle memory to overcome.I'm sure with enough practice I'll go on autopilot once a deer presents an opportunity. With most of the deer I've taken with the bow, I can't remember the release on probably 90% of them.

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#824238 - 07/16/08 02:31 PM Re: switching to a release [Re: CZ284]
eddie c
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 Originally Posted By: CZ284


I'm getting more comfortable with anchor point, etc. Have any of you also made this transition and how long did it take you to get comfortable with the new set up?


about 10 minutes. my biggest problem was punching the trigger instead of squezzing it.

now I have sold the compound and shoot a longbow so I have gone back to fingers.

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#824382 - 07/16/08 04:02 PM Re: switching to a release [Re: eddie c]
CZ284
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 Originally Posted By: eddie c
 Originally Posted By: CZ284


I'm getting more comfortable with anchor point, etc. Have any of you also made this transition and how long did it take you to get comfortable with the new set up?


about 10 minutes. my biggest problem was punching the trigger instead of squezzing it.

now I have sold the compound and shoot a longbow so I have gone back to fingers.


I had that problem at first and seem to have it pretty much solved. Now I'm developing a routine to settle into my anchor point much more consistently and it's helping. I believe a lot of it is just repetition and getting comfortable. There's really more to do with the release than with fingers.

Thanks for the advice.

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#824418 - 07/16/08 04:17 PM Re: switching to a release [Re: CZ284]
megalomaniac
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Did you go with a string loop? I added one last year, and I feel it further increases the consistency of the release of the arrow in combination with the release aid.

For an anchor point, I put the webbing between my thumb and forefinger at the angle of my jaw. Fits perfectly and is consistent from shot to shot.

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#824427 - 07/16/08 04:21 PM Re: switching to a release [Re: megalomaniac]
CZ284
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Mega,
I do have the string loop.
On the anchor point, I'm tucking the knuckle of my index finger at the angle of my jaw and against the base of my ear. That just seems to be a comfortable way to settle in and locks my hand tight aginst the jawbone.

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#824917 - 07/16/08 10:04 PM Re: switching to a release [Re: CZ284]
MTW
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shot fingers years ago. then because of hand injury had to use a release for a while, never changed back. tried the peep sight for a while, but after having trouble seeing close deer i took it off and replaced it with a kisser button.

my first and only release, is a greene gator jaw. have had it for almost 20 years. kinda like having a d-loop built into a release. once i got used to the release, i can shoot more consistent.

one thing i learned about the trigger is that if i adjust it so that the trigger is at the first bend of my finger instead of the tip pad, then i dont punch the trigger. its more like i try to pull my hand out of the release instead of using my finger by itself to trigger the release. on the follow thru my hand continues rearward after the shot.

good luck
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#825248 - 07/17/08 07:46 AM Re: switching to a release [Re: MTW]
Radar
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It took me a few months to get used to a release aid . Sounds like you have a solid anchor . I like to touch the string to the tip of my nose too .
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#825326 - 07/17/08 08:32 AM Re: switching to a release [Re: Radar]
CZ284
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Good tips- thanks. I'm touching the string a bit on the side of my nose. It's slowly coming together. Unfortunately last night I lost another arrow- hit the trigger by mistake about halfway through the draw. Hope I didn't get the neighbor's dog......but there's a pretty big patch of woods between my shooting range and the property line. Another release lesson learned.
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