Well it's been about 3 years now and I finally have developed a method to combat my TP. I developed my TP a few years back during a 3D league using a wrist strap release and I would freeze at the tp of the target and not be able to lower my bow arm to allow the pin to float on target. My next issue was that I had a terrible issue with collapsing after the shot and wouldn't hold back tension which would make throw my shots all over the place, especially late in my practice sessions. I tried everything that people had put out there as far as different releases, blank bail shooting, getting a coach, etc... All of these helped me however I would end up coming right back to my position that I was at before and my TP would take over.
I recently became comfortable with my hot shot tempest that I obtained through a trade and have been attempting to set it up to use it as true backtension. I must say that my first few days with the release, I would set my target up 20 yards away, draw back, get on target, and BAM hammer the release. My shots were awful and I was getting frustrated. I knew that TP was defeating me and I had to first come to that realization before I could move forward. I tried using a hinge, however I just never gave it enough time to become comfortable with it since my thumb release just felt better in my hand.
Early last week I decided that enough was enough and I made myself a release trainer, set my release up so that the thumb barrel is deep in my thumb and the trigger has no travel. I like a bit heavier of a trigger, especially when my heart is racing when a mature buck walks in. It was extremely difficult for me to become comfortable with the concept of using a thumb trigger release as a BT release, as I have always been a command type shooter ( which is awful I know). Anyhow, it's been a little better than a week and I have shot 100's of blank bail shots with my eyes closed executing proper BT. My thumb only hooks the barrel of the release and I relax my pull arm. All of the tension is stored in my scapular muscules and when I squeeze with BT the shot breaks, and I'm surprised every time. I know this topic is discussed in a ton of detail, but I just wanted to share my personal story and prove that TP is curable. My target hasn't been pushed past 12 yards yet, but every shot is quality and I ensure that if BT isn' setting off the shot I let down. I don't want to command the shot and encourage bad habits from returning. I'm shooting much better than I have in years and archery is now becoming enjoyable again. It's amazing how my pin can float on target and I just tell myself aim, aim , aim and then with a contraction of my back muscles the shot breaks clean everytime.
It's going to continue to be a work in progress, but dang it feels good to be able to shoot and have fun, without getting the frustration that I had when shooting with horrible form and a bad case of TP.
Good luck shooting everyone!!!