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Offline willie

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Re: still can't hit much -- how is my form
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2017, 09:57:04 am »
before buying a new bow, try putting an eye patch on and see what happens to your groups

Offline jeffp51

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Re: still can't hit much -- how is my form
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2017, 05:40:32 pm »
the thoughts of trying to re learn how to shoot a bow with my left hand is a pretty depressing thought.  I do have a half-finished bow I could probably retiller to a low weight, and the bow would probably be better for it, but I can't say I am thrilled with the idea. (R

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Re: still can't hit much -- how is my form
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2017, 05:06:58 am »
I don't blame you, but spraying arrows is MUCH less exciting IMO. Spraying arrows could easily chase you away from the hobby in the future.
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Offline Knoll

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Re: still can't hit much -- how is my form
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2017, 08:56:50 am »
Am left eye dominant also . . . and an "aimer". Have adjusted aim to that fact and can shoot fairly well.

Rear end of arrow gyrating around is possibly result of poor release. Release is important and a challenge to get consistent. Have become believer in regularly getting close to a big target, closing eyes, and shooting while fully concentrating on just 1/2 of elements in the shooting sequence. Yeah, it's not very exciting, but has helped me improve.

Quit shooting before ya get at all fatigued or bored.

Jeff Kavanagh's vids have been helpful to me.

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Re: still can't hit much -- how is my form
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2017, 09:00:56 am »
If you shoot instinctively eye dominance shouldn't be an issue or a problem.
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Offline jeffp51

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Re: still can't hit much -- how is my form
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2017, 12:26:31 pm »
I shoot instinctively with both eyes open.  I can see how eye dominance would matter if you are using the point of the arrow to aim,--paralax and all that-- but I don't do that.  I just try to focus on the target.--I would think eye dominance would make your arrows all group in the wrong spot, not spray--Maybe Pearl Drums can explain what is happening.

I notice that my wrist breaks instead of staying straight--that might be what Willie is seeing in "tightening" my grip.  I really like this bow, but it doesn't fit my hand as well as I would like.  The grip is a little bulbous instead of pistol shaped.  It doesn't rest in the webbing of my thumb without holding on a little, the way I would like it to.

What do you do to get a smooth release?  whether I shoot right or left, I think I have to work on that.

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Re: still can't hit much -- how is my form
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2017, 03:37:47 pm »
I just edited my last reply...."If you shoot instinctively eye dominance shouldn't be an issue or a problem."
 I release as soon as I hit anchor. Don't know how it happens, it just does.  (A)  If I find myself short shooting I'll hold for a second then just relax my draw hand...and it's off.
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Re: still can't hit much -- how is my form
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2017, 05:45:27 pm »
Your form looks good to me.  I did notice that you have a slight tendency to drop your bow arm a little right after the release.  While it is impossible to not have some movement, it might help to give some thought toward improving that.   Good back tension usually leads to your bow hand moving slightly toward the target at the moment of release.  Other than that, I bet your trouble is nothing more than focus.  I find a tiny spot within the spot to shoot at.  Aim small and miss small.  If you aren't pointing your stream at the middle of the bowl, you might end up with yellow puddles on the floor. :laugh:  My attention span usually doesn't lend itself to shoot a bunch of arrows at my best.  I practice till my mind begins to wonder and then I have to quit.  If I am not really tuned into focusing on the spot, I am going to mess with my own confidence - which leads to a host of problems.  Get yourself a real light weight bow that you can really work on form with.  Video yourself with a 25 pounder - that can magnify any issues.
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Re: still can't hit much -- how is my form
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2017, 10:03:15 am »
i dont agree with having to shoot lefty,, two of the best shots I know are left eye dominent and shoot right, my ex wife and Jeffer,, just google him shooting and you will be inspired,,
learning to shoot is a long process,, like playing musical instrument,, takes lots of practice,, and improvment can come slow,,  that being said,, lots of guys can shoot either way,, I made bow for a guy that shot target left and hunted right,,