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Hey all im new to the site :flame: . Im having a problem with my anchor. I just got a new recurve and when I draw my hand curls up. I want to put my fingers in the corner of my mouth (I shoot 3 under) but I cant. My anchor now is putting the back of my hand on my nose. I shoot gap style so i need the arrow as close to my eye as possible. Any suggestions? -Skyler
 

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Hey all im new to the site :flame: . Im having a problem with my anchor. I just got a new recurve and when I draw my hand curls up. I want to put my fingers in the corner of my mouth (I shoot 3 under) but I cant. My anchor now is putting the back of my hand on my nose. I shoot gap style so i need the arrow as close to my eye as possible. Any suggestions? -Skyler
Skyler:

Welcome to ArcheryTalk.

I have trouble picturing this.

If you shoot three fingers under the nock,
and the index finger is touching the bottom side of the nock,
and the middle finger is under the index finger,
and the ring finger is under the middle finger...


how does your draw hand "curl up"?

You are keeping your draw hand as relaxed as possible?
The "top side" of your hand should be flat, and not like a fist?

If you have to make a "fist" with your draw hand,
then maybe you are using a bow that is too heavy for you?


When you say the "back" of your hand is on your nose,
you really mean the "palm side" of your hand is touching your nose,
and your wrist is touching your cheekbone.

I teach recurve during a free class to the general public each month.

I see this happen with beginning recurve shooters all the time.


Your limbs are too heavy for you right now.

Try to use your back muscles AND your arm muscles.

The goal is to put the index finger tip on the corner of your mouth.

You will find more folks familiar with recurve shooting
in the FITA section of ArcheryTalk.
 

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Alright take your hand and stick your 3 shooting fingers out. Touch your pinky finger on your thumb. When I draw my bow the knuckle of my thumb is just to the left of my nose and the back of the hand is touching my nose. My fingers are curled up.
 

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Alright take your hand and stick your 3 shooting fingers out. Touch your pinky finger on your thumb. When I draw my bow the knuckle of my thumb is just to the left of my nose and the back of the hand is touching my nose. My fingers are curled up.

Ok.

Why do you touch your pinky finger to your thumb?


Place your hand with the palm touching the table...nice and flat.
Curl the 3 shooting fingers, like you are typing on the keyboard.

Relax the pinky finger.
Relax the thumb.

Keep the palm of your hand touching the table.

The thumb should be no where near the pinky finger.

Practice without a bow.

Assume the full draw position
with the bow hand. Bow arm extended.

Now, with the draw hand,
put the index fingertip touching the corner of your mouth,
while your head is turned toward an imaginary target.

You want to look like this...



Notice how the draw side elbow is in line with the arrow.

You want the thumb tip on the side of your cheek,
above your index finger.

Flatten the hand.
Relax the top of the hand.


Find a plastic bucket with a wire handle.
Fill it with 5-gallons of water. That should be about 40+ lbs.

Wrap just the first crease (closest to the fingertips)
around the wire handle.

Lift the bucket.

Relax the top of the hand so it goes flat.
Allow the fingers to completely stretch,
and only have enough tension in the fingertips
to form a hook.

Do not make a fist.

When the top of the hand is flat,
and the fingers are completely stretched out,
and you have just enough tension to maintain
the hook with your fingers,
then that is a proper string hold
for a recurve shooter.
 

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That's an excerpt from Ruth Rowe's book
Archery Fundamentals. She is using a paint can
to illustrate the same exercise to practice
relaxing the hand for a proper recurve grip.

http://www.qproductsarchery.com/FundamentalsPages.pdf#search='recurve%20finger%20position'

That's a link to the entire excerpt of her excellent book.
 
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