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    Junior Member mnhunter50's Avatar
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    Question What is a Back Tension Relese

    What is a back tension relese and how does it work?

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    Back tension releases use a hinge mechanism to fire. This means your release rotates slightly to cause it to fire.

    The downside to learning a backtension is that it is possible to punch yourself in the mouth when you first learn how to draw it back.
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    I am in the process of learning to use a back tension release. Thankfully, I have a couple of buds teaching me the way.

    The release is just as Chris said. It fires as it is rotated. It does not have a trigger.

    Properly executed, the release fires as your back muscles are tightened and your release elbow drops. The release should be a surprise. This is supposed to allow the shooter to focus on aiming, instead of releasing.

    Trust me, that is only the tip of the iceberg.

    If you are interested in trying back tension, let me know. I'll get you some more info and help.
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    I would just like to add..and to confuse you a bit more That back tension is a move not just a release. Any release can be fired once your learn proper back tension.

    Let us know if I threw a wrench in the works
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    Very true. BT is a process and it can be used with any release, even bare fingers. The release your referring to is a hinge or spike style release. The main thing to remember is the release is fired by the movement of your elbow, not by squeezing with your fingers or rotating your hand.

    BT requires dedication and practice to learn correctly. If your willing to put forth the time, you will be rewarded with increased accuracy and confidence. If your serious about learning, get with Pinky or myself and we will get you started out right.

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