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16096Re: [SCA-Archery] Seeking advice/ What to do with RABID bow???

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  • Carolus Eulenhorst
    Sep 9, 2004
      It is what is referred to as a high wrist position. A low wrist position
      has the hand vertical with the bow resting heavily on the fleshy part of
      the hand below the thumb. Many people use this position, especially with
      long bow. The high wrist moves the bow to the web of the thumb removing
      much of the pressure from the hand. It makes the bow "float" in the
      grip, eliminates much tendency to torque it, and lets the arm shift
      slightly out of the path of the string. If you hold your arm out and
      pronate the elbow (the first step I mentioned) you will find your hand
      naturally tends to take a position where the palm is parallel with the
      ground. This is too high. Rotate the little finger back down to a
      comfortable position (45 to 60 degrees down) without changing the elbow
      position and everything should drop into place.

      I have a virtually identical bracer. It was made by Saunders. There are
      others out there, too.

      On Thu, 09 Sep 2004 02:34:11 -0700 John Rossignol <giguette@...>
      > I hope Carolus' advice helps you out, Alestra. I'm sure his idea is
      > good, I'm just having a little trouble visualizing what he means
      > about
      > the wrist.
      > By the way, you can buy a bracer that should cover the whole "danger
      > zone" of your bow arm. I bought one like that to lend people when I
      > am
      > introducing them to archery. It is 13" long, black leather with
      > what
      > feels like tough plastic rods sewn inside. It fastens with elastic
      > and
      > velcro, and it bends at the elbow. It's not "period", of course,
      > but it
      > is not obtrusive, and when your arm is getting massacred, who cares,
      > anyhow? I didn't get it at a "traditional archery" store -- there
      > aren't any right around where I live, and I needed this bracer in a
      > hurry. It was actually just a lucky find in amongst the
      > ultra-modern
      > and camouflage stuff, but it has worked out pretty well.
      > Unfortunately
      > I don't remember the brand name. And you know, there is no law
      > against
      > padding the inside of your bracer, either (isn't that why sleeves
      > were
      > invented?)
      > Of course, super-bracers and extra padding should only be stop-gap
      > measures, to use until you can solve the problem with good technique
      > and
      > compatible equipment. But in the meantime -- hey, they can help you
      > have fun and shoot the bow without killing yourself.
      > That twisted limb on your bow is almost certainly causing some of
      > your
      > problems. By the way, 7" is not all that high a brace height, and
      > that
      > does make it easier to slap your arm with the string. My first bow
      > has
      > a brace height just over 7" with the strings I used, and I got some
      > really terrific bruises before I got a decent bracer and, more
      > importantly, learned to hold my arm correctly. Of course, if you
      > used a
      > shorter string to get a higher (and "safer") brace height, that
      > would
      > orten your power stroke, and you certainly don't want do that with
      > such a light bow.
      > And yes, Good Luck in your competition, but remember -- however it
      > goes,
      > the object is always to Have Fun. I know we can lose sight of that
      > sometimes, but it should always be our goal. So if your equipment
      > really spoils this one for you, at least use it as an opportunity to
      > lay
      > the foundation for Having Fun in the future: by getting some
      > experience
      > with other bows. After a competition is over, the Range Marshal
      > will
      > usually open the range for practice. If there are archers there
      > with
      > bows in your general strength range, ask if you can try shooting
      > them.
      > Most archers I have met are very generous about this. See if other
      > bows give you the same problems as your bow. Compare the feel of
      > different bows as you draw and release, and try to find what might
      > be a
      > better draw weight for you. You might also find a particular design
      > or
      > brand that you especially like.
      > Good luck. I hope some of that helps.
      > John

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