Re: Newbie Question
I shoot longbow also, and my first bow (as in built by me) is a hickory
backed yew. I use a small leather wedge held in place by the leather
wrapped handle, thereby also utilizing a arrow nocking point on the string.
My second bow is a bamboo backed vermillion, and I shoot off my gloved
hand. I do not use a nocking point on the string. The leather wrap
around the handle part of the bow, gives me the parameters of where to
grip the bow. As I put an arrow to the string, based on my hand
position, I just modify the angle of the arrow as to what I know is
correct, and shoot. It's not as difficult as you might think, and in my
case, it makes it easier.
Both bows are about 62lb.
The difference between a "cut in rest", and shooting off the side of the
bow, is how well matched your arrows need to be to your bow. A cut in
rest will allow more mismatch in spine/weight. When you start
incorporating the "archer's paradox", your arrows must be closely
matched to your bows needs (spine/weight). You are wanting the arrow to
bend around the bow exactly the right amount so that when it clears the
bow, it is traveling in the line of where you are "aiming".