Their hands only like in recurve shooting. When I place my peep sight, I shoot at 18 meters without peep sight to be sure that my anchor is correct. I am grouping very good and the peep sight help me to get a little more accuracy.
My best 90m with my recurve bow was 311/360 in FITA, I didn't have any kisser button or peep sight.
I agree with the poster who says"who cares?" It's nice to emulate someone successful, but if your physical makeup doesn't allow you to anchor where Mr. Cousins...so what? as long as you anchor at the same place EVERY time, you will develop the consistency needed to compete with those guys. The ONE thing they ALL have in common is Repitition of Form....they do the same thing every time...find an anchor you're happy with, a hand position that suits you, and a release and form you can repeat with great consistency and then shoot, shoot, shoot until you dream about your form, release, and equipment...then you are on the right track..and who knows? maybe then someone will post a string about your anchor point?
I have an opinion on this one based upon my experience. I agree and disagree with the previous posts. Here is where I disagree. There are what I term essential elements of archery form, which need to be followed as a starting point for most archers. A straight bow arm and relaxed bow shoulder position are good examples. If you study pics of the great shooters, like Rags, you will notice several common characteristics that most use.
Once a starting platform is in place, adjustments through experimentation for comfort and repeatability can be made which adapt to an individuals body and comfort level.
Here is the problem most beginning archers face today. It is the massive flood of information on all aspects of archery which is simply overwhelming. Not all of it is reliable.
Hence, for a person trying to improve, the best move they can make is to seek professional coaching. A coach can determine if a DC anchor is best for that archer, and can otherwise provide the archer with reliable advice.
I use a Carter Atension release with a very short rope. I anchor half way along my jaw bone with the jaw bone resting between my first and second knuckles. I have the string touching my nose ...as I think this help with stability of aiming.
I also never shoot bows that are any shooter than 42.5" ata.... the longer the bow the tighter the anchor.
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