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Old 02-23-2011, 02:41 AM   #1
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Default Im stumped....


I get that shooting a release is totally a personal preference, but i have to ask because i want someone to make this make sense.

I have shot a BT for about 3 years now, i love the hinge style release, because of how well i can use them.
Recently, i've really broken down the techniques and mechanics of the release.
That's led me to look at BT style VS thumb style.
On a vegas 3 spot face, i can shoot my monster XLR8 70# w easton lightspeed 3-Ds at a 299 w 21X round.....i shoot well with this set up and the back tension.
How i personally shoot a BT can be done 2 ways....i can hit full draw, click, then with a relaxed hand load up my back muscles on the right side until it fires, or..i can draw, click, and pull against the wall until it fires....i shoot well with both methods....not sure which i like more. Seems like the first one is more natural.
However, im always trying to improve, never satisfied....i have talked to a few pros, and when talking about BT they all have different methods..(which doesnt suprise me) But when i ask about how they activate a thumb trigger, they all pretty much said the same thing...(pros being, ken lantz, levi morgan, Terry reynolds, tom crowe, tim gillingham..*sorta*, and darrin christenberry....)
They all get to full draw, keep the bow against the wall, but dont really pull, then they place their thumbs on the trigger and slowly apply pressure until it fires.
I tried this today and shot phenomenally well for the entire session, then later went back out to try again, and again shot VERY well....i have a silver dollar size dot at 47 yds, and put 4 arrow groups in it over and over and over for a couple hours.....idk why, but i shoot this style well at distance, I havent tried it for a spot round, thats tomorrow....but what im asking is what makes that method more consistent for me? Or for the pros using it?
Here's my opinion.......

When you shoot a BT release, it has alot to do with tension, but being a human, it's difficult to apply the same tension EVERYtime you shoot the bow....causing a few inconsistencies....and adding to that is most bows these days sport 80% let off cams, which makes shooting a bt not as consistent and repetitive as it could be with a lower let off....

When you shoot the thumb style mentioned above, im not pulling against the wall, just keeping it against the wall, then im slowly and steadily applying pressure to the trigger, consistently firing the release everytime, Then you give me the 80% let off cams, and it's very easy to keep the bow against the wall, and just squeeze the trigger...This seems like the most consistent and accurate way to shoot a release.

This is just my thoughts, and opinions, i want yours....ive shot BT aggressively for 3 years, and not pulling thru a shot feels weird to me, but i shoot this thumb style too good to not pay attention, and see if there is a good reason to switch. is offline   Reply With Quote

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