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Offline bowmaster12

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Body lean
« on: October 20, 2020, 08:06:49 AM »
I have no idea why i do this but with the stick bow it just feels natrual to lean forward when shooting.  I even find myself doing it if im pretendkng to draw and dont even have a bow in my hand.  I dont do this with a training wheel bow.  Should i just go with what feels natrual and to work on consistency or would i be better off to fight the urge to lean and work on solid shooting form then take that into more hunting style shots?

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Re: Body lean
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2020, 11:18:25 AM »
If it works for you and are consistent why change?? Hawk2

Offline Sam McMichael

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Re: Body lean
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2020, 08:31:41 PM »
Lots of people lean as they draw. Hill did also.
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Re: Body lean
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2020, 05:39:44 PM »
If you want to work on your hunting shot, maybe the best thing would be to work on shooting from a variety of different positions: leaning, straight, sitting, squatting, kneeling, etc., so you’ll be comfortable shooting from whatever position you end up in.  People who learned to shoot standing straight up probably should learn to shoot leaning forward, because one never knows what position will be required for a hunting shot.
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Re: Body lean
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2021, 02:46:09 AM »
If you are practicing on a block resting on the ground,  it will be quite natural to lean. However if you are practicing on a target at breast height and are leaning, it will add unnecessary breaks in your form  particularly at your bow shoulder,  and straightening up your torso would then improve your effective shooting range by tightening your groups at longer yardage shots.

Also, if using a heavy bow, you do risk an injury to your front shoulder that would have been prevented otherwise.

I only lean forwards when shooting downwards, by bending at the waist which keeps my shoulder in the best position as if I were shooting across flat ground at breast height. I only lean backwards, similarly,  when shooting up, and for the same reason. Likewise, I only twist my waist, when I am unable to move my feet, such as in a hunting situation when I am unable to do so because of crunchy leaves.

In short, it is always better to bend at the waist or twist, than it is to move your bow arm out of form.

Similarly,  if you are leaning when it is not necessary, it is forcing your bow arm and shoulder out of form,  and your accuracy, range, (and possibly even the life of your shoulder) would immediately improve after a weekend spent correcting the habit.

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Re: Body lean
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2021, 08:30:55 AM »
One issue I have with the lean is how it is executed. I see either archers start with a lean and draw into in or lean as they draw. My concern with the lean when drawing is if I'm shooting instinctive, as I am drawing and leaning I am changing the sight picture dramatically vs not leaning and drawing to my anchor keeps the sight picture consistent when I shoot instinctive and allows me uninterrupted focus on the target. I would assume if you start the draw with the lean already established the you are at least being consistent with your target acquisition.

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