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Kisser Button, yes or no?

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I've seen kisser buttons but have never used one. I shoot a PSE Razorback Recurve 30#. I think I do fairly well for a beginner. Target archery Field archery Shooting sport Archery Recreation
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(the targets were pretty close, to be honest - maybe only 10 yards -hey, I'm a beginner!) I think I've been able to maintain my anchor point but I'm not 100% certain. I've only been at this two weeks, now. I was just wondering, as a beginner, would a kisser button help me learn or hinder my learning where my anchor point is?

Also, is it normal for my anchor point to be sore - the spot on my jawline is so sore from shooting...

Thanks in advance!
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When I first got into archery, I couldn't imagine not using one. However, as I kept shooting and learned proper form with anchoring on my face by putting my hand in the exact same spot on my jaw, as well as touching my nose to the string, I found that I didn't need one anymore.

I haven't shot with a kisser button in years - and I am shooting better now than I ever did with a kisser. To each their own for sure, but I find that I don't need one. IF you do decide to use one, I think creating one with serving is a better option than the bigger, heavier kisser.
I've never touched my nose to the string - no one has ever corrected that - is that something I should be doing or is that personal choice? Thanks!
 

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Been shooting a bow for well over 30 years and I will not shoot without a kisser button. Not on my hunting bows, and that's all I have. I got rid of the kisser a time or two but always went back to it.

It's like this; it's easy to maintain good shooting form when standing on level ground, or nearly so. But when one is up in a treestand all twisted around trying to get that shot on a critter, things can and often do change. I remember a couple of times that I was ready to touch off the release but something just didn't feel quite right. Then I remembered my kisser button was not in place. Readjusted my anchor and was able to get the critter on a fairly difficult shot. Pretty sure I would have missed on those couple of shots had it not been for a kisser button.

In terms of folks that claim they shoot better without a kisser button......I have my doubts. If that be the case then it was not adjusted properly. A kisser button is nothing more than another anchor point so saying you don't shoot as good with one is not logical.
I don't plan on hunting, actually. I really only do this for fun in the range. That being said, I'd still like to get really good at shooting, so maybe I will try the kisser button! Thank you!
 

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I know when I started shooting I did not have one, I found it much easier to shoot once I got a kisser button. For me, it helped keep my anchor point the same shot after shot.
Thanks. Another poster suggested I try one and see how I do and if I don't like it I'm only out a few dollars. So I think I will do that.


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peep yes.....kisser no....
Hey, Stan,
Someone mentioned a snotter, using nose instead of lips, and I have seen people with the string right up their nose - is this common practice or personal preference? I've never had my nose or face touch the string and no one has ever corrected me...
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Susan


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If you need to do something, use a snotter. The corner of your mouth can move so much a kisser can really mess you up.
Thanks! That's just it - I don't know if I need anything. I just happened to see something about s kisser button and looked it up. It's interesting. I've also never touched the string to my face, so not sure if either s kisser or snotter would work in any case.


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If you are shooting bare recurve I would focus on drawing back to the same point every time and be done with it.

And even better advice, find a traditional shooter to ask instead of most of us compound guys. Not trying to be rude, but you are getting compound centric advice because that's what most of us shoot. Hopefully one will be along shortly to clean this up. lol Good luck. Looks like you are doing well so far.
Thank you, chiefjason, seems to me I'm better off sticking with Bill from the range I go to as he is well-versed in traditional as well as compound. I did ask him, today, since I was getting so many different kinds of advice. He said I should just work on keeping my anchor point right now and practice, practice, practice. I have a lot of other corrections I need to work on, too, so I'll be spending a lot of free time at the range!


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Thank you all for your advice. I'm going to forgo the accessories for now and continue to shoot bare bow and just focus on maintaining my anchor point.


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