3 Tips for Better Release Shooting

Posted on January 10, 2013

There are many keys to bow shooting a release aid correctly. But, for starters, a release with no trigger creep will improve your shooting form drastically. Simply curl your finger on the trigger, apply a small amount of pre-shot tension on it, and bring all your attention to where you want to hit until the shot breaks. You won’t detect any trigger movement, and the arrow will fire cleanly and crisp-like.


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Adjusting your release so your finger wraps securely around the trigger is important to consistency. Editor Joe Bell shows how a properly adjusted release should look and feel.

However, to do all this, you must buy a high-quality release, get the release adjusted correctly and follow there three crucial steps.


Set Up the Trigger

If your finger barely touches the trigger at full draw, then the release strap or rod is too long. Shorten it till the trigger bisects the outside of the first crease in your finger joint (“outside” meaning furthest from the finger nail). This will decrease the sensitivity of feeling the trigger so much and create more of a “hook-like” pattern, so you can tug on the trigger to fire the shot, by pulling with your arm and back muscles altogether.


Use Back Tension

Back tension is the key to shooting a release properly. Yes, squeezing the trigger slowly with your finger’s pressure alone will do the trick nicely. But, eventually, this single finger will want to punch, rather than squeeze, and that’s when trouble and anticipating the shot occurs.


Overall, it’s better policy to rely on a stronger, more reliable source to do the “firing” for you. This happens to be the muscles in your back. To use them, simply rotate the right shoulder blade (for a right-handed shooter) in toward the other, and you’ll feel the pressure begin to tighten along your spine. Simply squeeze together here, or move your entire arm-unit rearward if that seems easier for you, while you aim, and the shot will break cleanly.


At first this procedure will seem awkward, but keep practicing the motion on a close-range bale until you form muscle memory and sense the power and control behind this method. In time, your shots will take you by surprise, rather than “timing” them like you may have been doing before.


When using back tension, it’s important to get a good hook on the trigger with your finger, but then to let everything else in your hand/arm unit (and body for that matter) to remain more or less relaxed, until the back tension does its thing and sends the arrow out of the bow.


Alter Trigger Pull

Keep practicing the technique and adjusting the weight or strength of the trigger until the shot breaks in about 4-5 seconds. Everyone’s pulling strength varies, so you’ll have to play with the trigger tension adjustment. This will create a nice delayed execution, which will keep your mind focused on the shot and not anticipating when the arrow will go. Overall, this is the best way to shoot.


EXCERPTED from a recent issue of Bow and Arrow Hunting.

By BAH Staff


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