Accuracy is of the utmost importance when shooting a compound bow. Sure, the technological advancements found in a compound help, but there’s still much room for error. It isn’t easy to be a proficient shooter. Every little bit helps.
This tip is all about reducing torque. It’s easy to make this mistake when shooting your bow. At full draw, the slightest bit of pressure left or right can throw the windage of your shot off significantly.
There are many small tips, tricks and hacks I’ve found throughout the years that have helped me become a better archer. However, one of the cheapest, simplest and most effective ones has been to remove a piece of the bow — not add to it.
So, remove the bow grip. That’s right. This one simple little action can make a big impact on your performance as an archer — especially those of you shooting bows with big, fat grips.
Why does this help? It’s simple — less contact leads to less torque. This is also the same reason all archery coaches and experts preach an open grip on the bow. The less contact your hand has with your bow grip the less likelihood there is of torqueing the bow during the shot.
Ideally, there’s only a small patch of skin between your thumb and index finger touching the group to begin with. But it becomes much easier to achieve that when you remove the grip on the bow. It’s helped me greatly since I started doing this.
Once the grip is off, most bows will have either metal or rather uncomfortable fiberglass material underneath the factory grip. To regain a bit of the comfort lost with the removal of the grip, I like to apply a couple rounds of tape (like you’d put on a baseball bat or tennis racket) around it.
Try this tip if you enjoy doing everything you can to improve your accuracy as an archer. It might just make the difference in the woods or on the range the next time you’re out there.
Whitetails make the hunting world go round. Josh Honeycutt, deer hunting editor and "Brow Tines and Backstrap" blogger, knows a fair bit about killing mature deer. He was raised up hunting the river bottoms of Kentucky. And he still hunts there—among other places—to this day.
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