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Use a release w/a recurve?

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Topic: Use a release w/a recurve?
Posted By: stinky
Subject: Use a release w/a recurve?
Date Posted: 06 July 2011 at 09:31

My boy shoots archery in 4H.  I am his leader.  For the most part, I don’t know nut’N ‘bout bows.  He shoots a recurve…rather poorly.


My question, can you use a release w/a recurve, and is it a good idea?

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 06 July 2011 at 10:33

On my long bows and recurves, I started to shoot a glove, but quickly changed to a tab, great device and it is like an old pair of leather slippers, just fits your hand the longer you use it.

Using a release on a recurve is OK but a negative from my thinking.  a release usually shortens the distance to your anchor point.  On a compound this is of no concern as the last 3 inches of draw adds nothing to the overall energy of the bow(let-off).  But on a recurve the force stacks as you draw and a short draw would lose 10-25 % of the energy in the bow.  For fixed distance target, might not be a problem, but for hunting not good.  Target recurves like my old Tamberlane are low power (27-35#) so it might not be back if it improves your release.  Personally I think the tabs are best.

I shot competition 40 years ago, no one used  a mechanical release (not allowed then).  might check with some modern competition shooters today

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 06 July 2011 at 10:37

Stinky, I checked.

Competition rules have not changed in the last 40+ years since shot.  Relaeases are not allowed, only gloves and tabs. - curve_rules.pdf

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 06 July 2011 at 10:39
sort of interesting in that releases (good ones) are expensive.  Tabs are cheap.  Your think 4-H would pick the cheaper solution for the boy/gals and their families.

Posted By: RobertMT
Date Posted: 06 July 2011 at 10:42

35yrs ago I had a recurve, being how most use a glove or tab, I would say, that's probably the best way.  A release may help with the arrow release, but with no sights, you are shooting by instinct and practice, lots of practice.

I would say start closer to target and backup as he hits better, it's mostly lots of practice.  You may consider, if you have archery shop close, a lesson or two would help more than a release.  If they have range there, it's not too hard to get someone to give a tip or two.  Bad practice just reinforces bad technique and shooting a bow depends as much or more on technique, than shooting a firearm. 

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Posted By: soggyshooter
Date Posted: 06 July 2011 at 11:46
Couple of things to think about. Is the bow too heavy of a pull? Start light
and work up in power. It's easier to learn good habits on a light bow when
starting out. Either get a lighter bow or a longer bow string. The advise as to
using tabs is great. Have him use tabs.

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 06 July 2011 at 13:02
I used sights on my recurve in 1967.  so instinctive is not necessarily an issue.  I really would not teach  a youngster to shoot instinctive today.  It will never be a high accuracy thing, even though I started that way in 1961.  (Oh, my god, that was 50 years ago....ugh)

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