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Grip tape or not to grip tape

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Ok how many of you use grip tape on your bow handle? Do most the pro's use it also or not?


I read an article somewhere its better not to and let the grip slide into its natural position.


Comments? thoughts?
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On some bows ive used hockey tape on my grip to find what I call the sweet spot...
 

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I use hockey tape on my grips.Im ok without it till my hand starts to sweat then it's all over.
 

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Used to, not now

I took off the grip on my old bow and put velcro on the handle. It was OK, but the grip was not right. Then I bought my Hoyt Pro Elite with the shaped grip. I don't use any tape now and it works great!
 

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my 0.02

Anything that keeps the grip portions of the bow from settling naturaly in the web of your hand will lead to torqueing the bow. That leads to left and right misses. Many people deal well with this problem . I don't.

I want no friction whatsoever in the hand/grip interface. I always shoot with a light cotton glove on the bowhand to let the bow settle into it's natural position.

Works for me, but maybe not for anybody else.

Give it a try and see what works for you.
 

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I recently switched from my Pro Elite to my Apex 7, and the grip is just not as comfortable as the Hoyt, so I'm trying Limbsaver's Tentacle wrap. Certainly more comfortable, but it also feels a bit thick. Wondering if I should keep trying it, try an after market ad on grip, or go back to the way it was and deal with it.
 

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I am of the opposite opinion. I also wear a thin wool glove on my bow hand all year long to let the bow settle in my hand and minimize torque. Great for hunting season too, hand is warm and nothing is different from all season shooting.
 

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...grip tape it.
 

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I do mine just about 1 round till you cant see the side plates really works well for me on like a hot day
 

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I have taken the grips off and use sideplates or

Took all the full size grips off of all my hoyts, I tried to just shoot the riser, then with just sideplates and no wrap as well as with only one sideplate. I found my hand was okay right to left but would sometimes slip deeper into the notch and give me high and lows. I put hockey tape on it this year and it slips enough to let me get a consistent grip but does not change as I warm up and sweat a little.
 

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Grip tape from a skateboard works better than anything I've found; shooting without nothing on the grip is actually much more inconsistent if you think about it...because your hand will tend to slide differently depending on the conditions (whether or not it's humid outdoors, or whether or not you're in a tournament situation and sweating more than average). For me, having the grip take ensures that I'll grip it the same every time.
 

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Grip tape from a skateboard works better than anything I've found; shooting without nothing on the grip is actually much more inconsistent if you think about it...because your hand will tend to slide differently depending on the conditions (whether or not it's humid outdoors, or whether or not you're in a tournament situation and sweating more than average). For me, having the grip take ensures that I'll grip it the same every time.
See? This is what makes archery interesting....we can all have different takes on things and they can all still work. In this instance, I feel the exact opposite. I want and look for the smoothest grip I can find. One reason I like Hoyt grips (and the angle fits me well). I want my hand to slide up into top of the grip area since when it does it plants itself into the same spot time after time. And if it wasn't smooth enough I've used a billiards shooter's glove, the thin and slippery black one. Rubbery or sticky grips, for me anyway, just mean I can't just let it happen and I have to put my hand into the same place everytime, and sometimes I miss. :lol: Plus it's just another step to add to my shot sequence and something else to think about. For me, thinking and shooting my best don't go hand in hand. :eek:
 

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cotton glove + talcum powder

Let the bow settle in where it wants.

I used to use the tape.

But, the Anchor Site taught me the right way !
 
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