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Online Miner49er

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Jump release
« on: June 14, 2020, 08:47:20 AM »
I'm having a problem letting off finger pressure on release.I do what I call jumping the bow up a little to get the string to leave my hand, and that causes my arrows to hit,three to eight inches high,sometimes more.I have an unusually strong grip in my hand and fingers anyway.It feels like if I try to loosen my fingers I loose some back tension.I shoot three under with a tab. HELP PLEASE!

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Re: Jump release
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2020, 11:54:36 AM »
If you have a paint can or something with that type of handle, pick it up like you grab the bow string but hanging by your side.
Now with no other mechanics of the shooting, drop the can next to your foot.
Keep doing thay until you feel your getting a clean release.
Then get your bow and shoot into your backstop at close range with your eyes closed only concentrating on your release.
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Re: Jump release
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2020, 01:38:15 PM »
It feels like if I try to loosen my fingers I loose some back tension.

That's the problem: “Trying” results in creeping (loss of back tension).  Releasing the arrow must be an unconscious process.  The release can either be triggered subconsciously, by simply holding or increasing back tension until the shot goes off by itself, or by using an external trigger, like a clicker.  If using an external trigger, the trigger must result in the shot being released unconsciously, in other words, the trigger must actually trigger the release itself and not trigger the thought to release.  There must be no conscious thinking involved.  Why?  You can't think fast enough to trigger a clean release.  It's like accidentally dropping a glass and catching it midair Before it hits the floor; you can't think about catching it because by the time you do it will already be broken.

What your unconscious mind does for you is to tell your fingers to relax, and then the string brushes them out of the way.  It is not telling your fingers to open, because they can't open fast enough to get out of the way of the string. That is the point of the paint can exercise suggested by Pine, because you can't “open” your fingers fast enough to get a clean drop of the paint can; you can only get a clean drop if you relax them.

If you have too deep a hook, it is difficult to get a clean release.  If your hook is between the finger joints, try putting the string in the top finger joint instead.  If you have a strong grip, this shouldn't be any problem for you.
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Re: Jump release
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2020, 06:19:02 PM »
Thank you all very much!!

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Re: Jump release
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2020, 10:50:30 PM »
Don't try releasing by relaxing just your fingers. Try thinking about relaxing everything from your fingers to your forearm. Worked for me. Might work for you.
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Re: Jump release
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2020, 05:46:01 AM »
Have a listen to coaching moments #20 on the Push with Tom Clum, he goes through this exact problem with an exercise to get better at your release (much the same as above, but in a bit more detail).

https://www.thepusharchery.com/listen/

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