Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Checkering or stippling?

Messages posted to thread:
old buck 10-Jan-19
George D. Stout 10-Jan-19
South Farm 10-Jan-19
PEARL DRUMS 10-Jan-19
Flyman 10-Jan-19
2 bears 10-Jan-19
Mike Walker 10-Jan-19
JusPassin 10-Jan-19
Dan In MI 10-Jan-19
monkeyball 10-Jan-19
PEARL DRUMS 10-Jan-19
Lucas 10-Jan-19
Bowmania 10-Jan-19
Babysaph 10-Jan-19
Bowguy 10-Jan-19
Nemophilist 10-Jan-19
Wispershot 10-Jan-19
Bowguy 10-Jan-19
kginrick 10-Jan-19
GF 10-Jan-19
White Falcon 10-Jan-19
crookedstix 10-Jan-19
Carcajou 10-Jan-19
Elderly OCR 10-Jan-19
Clydebow 10-Jan-19
Yellow Dog 10-Jan-19
fdp 10-Jan-19
bowcrazy 10-Jan-19
Pdiddly 11-Jan-19
crookedstix 11-Jan-19
Orion 11-Jan-19
camodave 11-Jan-19
Tine Tickler 11-Jan-19
bldtrailer 11-Jan-19
bldtrailer 11-Jan-19
bldtrailer 11-Jan-19
Keefers 11-Jan-19
KyPhil 11-Jan-19
From: old buck
Date: 10-Jan-19




Which is better for a firm grip? Personnaly I like the way real checkering looks over the stippling which just seems like a fast easy alternative.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Jan-19




None for me since I want that pivot to really pivot when I shoot. Lots of guys love the checkering though. Stippling would likely be easiest for someone wanting to do it themselves.

From: South Farm
Date: 10-Jan-19




Checkering is great for gunstocks, but like George mentioned you want that bow to "pivot" and settle into the hand naturally...especially if you wear gloves, as gloves and checkering create undue torque and an unnatural release. Stippling looks cool, but I have no experience with it. I actually like when my bows get that smooth shiny worn appearance in the grip area.

From: PEARL DRUMS
Date: 10-Jan-19




Both styles will still pivot and settle just fine. The checkering or stippling shines when you are simply carrying the bow around.

From: Flyman
Date: 10-Jan-19




Checkered grips are breat,especially in the cold weather when you have a glove on.Helps too when its warm and your hand slips.I like it.

From: 2 bears
Date: 10-Jan-19




Checkering looks better but is much harder and takes a lot longer to do.>>>>-----> Ken

From: Mike Walker
Date: 10-Jan-19




Checkering looks better than stippling to me, but both promote torque IMHO.

I

From: JusPassin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Jan-19




Checkering takes skill, not the cheap pressed in kind, but the fine craftsman cut in stuff. Stippling is just a quick and dirty alternative. Can still look OK but just not the same.

From: Dan In MI
Date: 10-Jan-19




Put me in the undue, non-consistent torque column. (applies to sur grips too)

From: monkeyball
Date: 10-Jan-19




I will fall in with George and the others that like the pivot.

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: PEARL DRUMS
Date: 10-Jan-19




The most sought after modern bows are Schafer's and Centaurs, they both have something in common besides the "best" glassers made. I'm not discounting others opinions. Just pointing out a few details.

From: Lucas
Date: 10-Jan-19




Every one of Earl Hoyts personal bows that I have seen have very elaborate checkered grips. He was a highly respected target shooter in his time.

From: Bowmania Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Jan-19




I'm with Dan. Without your hand has a better chance of sliding into the same place each time. If you like torque, a firm grip and checkering would be the way to go.

Bowmania

From: Babysaph
Date: 10-Jan-19




Neither. Tennis racket grip

From: Bowguy Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Jan-19




George is exactly right. The last thing you want is a firm grip. This leads to torqueing and inconsistency.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 10-Jan-19




I only own one bow ( 1997 Bear Kodiak Takedown 60#@28" ) with a checkered grip and I have no problems with torqueing or inconsistency when shooting it. Do I like checkering better than no checkering ? It really doesn't matter to me one way or the other.

From: Wispershot
Date: 10-Jan-19




Definitely no checkering for me. I tried it once and rubbed my hand pretty hard to the point of being uncomfortable. Never tried a dimpled bow but it seems that because it's lower rather than raised it wouldn't rub nearly as much. I wouldn't want either but it's up to the individual. I have a buddy who luved the checkered grip.

From: Bowguy Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Jan-19




Nemophilist, I never said the stippling or checkering forces a torquey grip. A firm grip is what does that. Years ago I had a few silvertips Schafer built. They were checkered. I bought them used but I didn’t try for a “firm” grip as you’re apparently not either. If someone liked the look for some reason or just wants to choke a bow God bless em. If they wanna shoot that way fine but a lighter less firm grip as George stated, “forces” your bow to sorta melt into your hand each time the same way. It’s only info. Shoot whatever way guys like

From: kginrick
Date: 10-Jan-19




Slick grip for me . Not sure that schafers and centaurs are the most sought after bowws ,widows blacktails and many others out there. The centaurs and Schafer's can be had with out the checkering or stippling also

From: GF
Date: 10-Jan-19




For appearance' sake, I'd go checkered.... But I wouldn't want very much of it where I was actually in contact with the grip...

From: White Falcon
Date: 10-Jan-19




In the warm months, I might wear a smooth light glove to make sure my bow will pivot.

From: crookedstix
Date: 10-Jan-19




I love checkering, and I love a firm grip. Torque, schmorque.

From: Carcajou
Date: 10-Jan-19




I've got checkered Schafer's, stippled Thunderhorn, and various other recurves with smooth grips. Prefer the textured grip much more,, don't like my hand, especially a gloved one, sliding around on a smooth grip. Checkering and stippling are subtle enough to " lock" my hand in..much preferred in both cold days, and warm days of summer.

From: Elderly OCR
Date: 10-Jan-19




I like mine bare wood smooth as an old hammer handle. There is no need for grip on a bow.

From: Clydebow
Date: 10-Jan-19




Can't say which is best for you, but I'm on board with George.

From: Yellow Dog
Date: 10-Jan-19

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I have both stippled and checkered risers, prefer checkering. I really like the way Brian Wessel does his checkering. He does his checkering lower on the grip leaving the throat smooth. Best of both worlds.

From: fdp
Date: 10-Jan-19




Checkering is a decoration that really serves no practical purpose in shooting a bow.

A bow HAS to move to a certain degree as you draw it. When it doesn't move to stay in line with the draw/force line that's when you introduce torque to the equation.

From: bowcrazy
Date: 10-Jan-19




I really like the way the checkering is done on a Dale Dye Bow. None in the throat and just enough to touch the life line. More for looks on his bows. I have to agree with Frank. Hey whatever works for you!

From: Pdiddly
Date: 11-Jan-19




I use a firm grip, have no problem with torque and like checkering.

The least bit of tension on the string pulls the grip into the web of my thumb where I like it. A firm grip then makes sure it stays there.

What is more important is that the grip on the bow is shaped in such a way that it muckles right in and fits in that sweet spot at the base of your thumb.

From: crookedstix
Date: 11-Jan-19




Yes Peter, I do it the same way--start the draw with a loose grip, let the tension seat the bow where it wants to be, and then clamp the vise, LOL.

From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Jan-19




I'm with George on this one as well. I want the bow to be able to find its place in the palm of my hand and checkering and stippling restrict it from doing so. I do like the looks of checkering. Stippling is a deal breaker for me. I've had to pass on a couple of bows I wanted to buy because someone took a Dremel tool to their grips.

From: camodave
Date: 11-Jan-19




I like a glove for a firm grip.

DDave

From: Tine Tickler
Date: 11-Jan-19




Either one checkering is probably better as far as grip, but stippling not quite as much!! neither one causes any torqueing, dumbest thing I ever heard! they don't put either in the throat of the bow , so its not relevant! IMO!

From: bldtrailer
Date: 11-Jan-19

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From: bldtrailer
Date: 11-Jan-19

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From: bldtrailer
Date: 11-Jan-19

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Checkering adds to the grip and looks/feels fantastic

From: Keefers
Date: 11-Jan-19

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I have no problem with the stippling my good friend and bowyer Mr. Lee Hoots made for me with this Moose antler and tracks! I don't even feel it in my hand.

From: KyPhil
Date: 11-Jan-19




That looks like a good stippling job on that one.





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