I didn't respond early because I wanted you to get someone to give
you what you were asking for, an above-the-elbow arm-guard.
You are correct in that you are needing to improve your technique
(form), and I have a suggestion that may help.
When you are holding your bow, ready to shoot, if you bend your
elbow, your hand should move horizontally towards you, not
vertically towards you. That seems to be the easiest way for me to
help someone, much more intuitively than "rotate your elbow out of
BTW, yes, bruises caused by the string pinching the skin up against
the back of the armguard does make for spectacular bruising.
If you check out the Olympics this summer on the TV, you will see
that every archer uses an arm guard, despite having text-book form.
Having an arm guard on helps stop flinching as well.
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
, Lord Godwin FitzGilbert de
Strigoil <archergodwin@...> wrote:
> >Hello I have been lurking for a while now, but I have a question
> >someone might be able to help me with:
> >I am looking for a pattern for an arm guard that would protect
> >upper arm as well as the forearm.
> >I did archery MANY years ago and I want to start again. I got
> >older recurve bows for Christmas (a 20# and a 25#) and got to
> >for about an hour. I had surprisingly good groupings but I also
> >up with a bruise that any heavy fighter would be proud of. I know
> >that part of my problem is technique, but I also have weird
> >jointed elbows. So, until I learn to keep them out of harms way,
> >need an arm guard. HELP!
> >YIS Teresa
> Dear Lady,
> Most ladies have this issue. It is a function of skeletal
differences. It is not
> easy to remember to "rotate" your elbow out of the way. :)
> The string probably hit your arm, where your elbow joint protrudes
> 'inside' of your arm?
> Since I make my own armguards and actually am teaching a class
tomorrow on it,
> I'll play around with making a pattern, and bounce the idea off of
several of our
> lady archers. Would be happy to send it to you afterwards. :)
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