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February 28, 2014

Archery 101— the basics

Shooting form: Mastering the unruly elbow

MERIDIAN —    The modern compound bow has both windage and elevation adjustments; the arrow rest and the sight. In addition to these two basic mechanical adjustments, the D-loop may also be moved up or down to correct the angle of the arrow to the bowstring (usually about an 1/8 inch above center). The elevation angle may also be corrected by adjusting the tillage of one and/or both limbs. To keep it simple, loosen and/or tighten only one (the bottom) limb screw 1/4 turn alternately to see what elevation difference adjusting the tillage makes (tighten 1/4 turn, return 1/4 turn, loosen 1/4 turn. Experimenting is part of the learning process.

    Besides moving the arrow rest and the sight pins left or right, there is also one other windage adjustment (requires a bow press) for bows with a split buss cable–tighten one of the split ends and loosen the other split end one turn each and repeat if necessary. These adjustments of the tillage and buss cables, however, should only be done as part of an extensive paper tuning regime by a pro-archery technician.

    Assuming that the bow is perfectly tuned and that it will shoot every arrow in the same hole from a mechanical bow shooting platform; and assuming that the shooter has perfected the release method, mastered the three fatal form flaws, shoots with both eyes open, etc. and yet the shooter still can’t shoot a group of three or more arrows touching. Why? A lazy elbow!

    When shooting a compound bow, the draw arm elbow at full draw (string touching the end of the nose) should be cocked and locked at twelve o’ clock high (viewed from the rear) and the forearm inline with the arrow. The only way to adjust the windage for the peep is with the draw arm elbow. Every degree off center (right for a right hand shooter–left for a left hand shooter) will move the peep sight laterally (right for right hand–left for left hand) forcing the shooter to move the head and anchor point in order to follow the peep.

    Address questions to: ttrivers@hughes.net Cell # 601-604-0913

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