Possible problems from improper draw length.

Discussion in 'Beginners Archery Range' started by bear1, May 17, 2008.

  1. bear1

    bear1 New Member

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    I just purchased a diamond 40# compound bow for my wife.
    I have adjusted the front sight to the left as far as it will go.
    But, She is still grouping to the left by a foot.
    Could this be because the draw lenght is still to long for her?
     
  2. BUNNYMAN

    BUNNYMAN I pray for you!

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    hard to tell with out a pic of her with the bow at full draw.....

    take a pic and post it, if you cant figure out how to post it e-mail it to me and I will post it for you.....PM me for my e-mail addy...

    Adam
     

  3. goldflinger

    goldflinger Senior Member

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    Might be holden her anchor point way away from her face...........
     
  4. Dooby

    Dooby Scooby Dooby Doo!

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    That was my wife's main problem with her recurve. She was bending her wrist/fingers oddly and it made the string pretty far from her face.

    I stood behind her and with some gentle coaching got her "narrower" and now she has the string touching her face firmly when she's in her anchor properly.

    She still tends to the left just a bit....but not more than 4" at about 20 yards (and she corrects that easily). She shoots bare bow.
     
  5. bear1

    bear1 New Member

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    Thanks!

    I'll take a closer look at where she's holding.
    I'll try to figure out how to post a picture.
     
  6. hophunt

    hophunt New Member

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    Just curious if the bow was paper tuned? The center shot may not be right.
     
  7. bear1

    bear1 New Member

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    Paper tuned???

    I'm sure it wasn't paper tuned.
    Since I have no idea what that means.
     
  8. bullfiddle

    bullfiddle Movin on up!!!

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    Do the arrows look like they are coming out of the bow straight or are you noticing any erradic flight?
     
  9. hophunt

    hophunt New Member

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    Paper tuning is a process of firing the arrow through paper into a target. This gives you a visual reference of what the arrow is doing upon release. If the hole left in the paper resembles more of a tear or rip than a bullet hole with three fletching slices, the bow needs to be adjusted. Typically the rest (left, right, up, or down). If you are using a string loop with mechanical release, depending on the tear, the nock height might be off. If you have a shop that you use, they should be able to paper tune the bow for you at minimal cost (usually less than $10.00 -$15.00 with adjustments).

    In your shoes, I would start there. Once tuned try reseting your sight. I think this may solve your issue. Good luck.
     
  10. If she is shooting with both eyes open she may have a dominate left eye.
    Have her close her left eye when she shoots and see if she does not hit somewhere close or to the right.
    Charlie
     
  11. bear1

    bear1 New Member

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    I double checked the arrow line up between the knock and the rest.
    It looks straight.
     
  12. bear1

    bear1 New Member

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    Roger that. I'll give that a try. She is using a string loop and a release.
    How close should she be to the paper??
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2008
  13. bear1

    bear1 New Member

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    I'll try that also. I want to thank you guys for the help.
    I want to get this solved so she can really start having fun.
     
  14. Dooby

    Dooby Scooby Dooby Doo!

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    Bear1, don't forget to post back the solution once you find it! I'm interested now and curious.

    Have fun!

    note: Once she's all tuned in and starts to surpass you ability (like my wife) you may have to test how much you can "readjust" stuff to give you a chance against her. :lol:

    Take care
     
  15. dbdcougar

    dbdcougar He Who Drops His Bow Arm

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    :lol: {I tried that with my daughter - I still lost! :Cry: }
     
  16. bear1

    bear1 New Member

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    Thanks Dooby.
    I'll be sure to let you know what I find out.
    But I doubt I'll tell anyone if she out shoots me.
    Like John Wayne said. "I don't mind if a woman can out shoot me.
    As long as she's quiet about."
     
  17. hophunt

    hophunt New Member

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    What's the word? Let us know what you found out.
     
  18. skycomag

    skycomag New Member

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    simular problem...with a darton

    i had this problem. ran out of adjustment for my windage. i have a darton ranger lll with a thin riser. my sight is a hha single pin slider.
    and the same problem with my expert one rest. the doty co sent sa spacer for thin riser. that work. so i tried using washers behind my sight that took care of it. now, i'm able to sight in and still have a some adjustment left.
     
  19. Dooby

    Dooby Scooby Dooby Doo!

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    Bear1,

    Just out of curiosity...have you taken the bow to let someone else try to shoot it? I mean, if it shoots the same for others, that'd certainly eliminate (or reduce) the chance that it's form related.
     
  20. bear1

    bear1 New Member

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    We found two problems

    First,her draw length was about an inche to short.
    She was maxing out the draw which was causing her to pull
    left with her left arm when she released.
    Second, her rear sight (a medium peep) was not tied in properly
    and was slipping in the string when she when she drew back.
    Causing flyers.
    Haven't paper tuned yet. But we have been able to get her sights
    back to a reasonable position. Paper tuning is next.
    The bow was set up by a guy at Gander in Lake Mary FL.
    He sounded like he knew what he was doing. But it wasn't
    set up properly for her when she bought the bow.
    I find all these new problems with archery challenging.
    But I am having a good time figuring out new things.
    Thanks for all your help guys.