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Anchor point

Messages posted to thread:
wannabe archer 17-Sep-22
bentstick54 17-Sep-22
George Tsoukalas 17-Sep-22
fdp 17-Sep-22
Dry Bones 18-Sep-22
fdp 18-Sep-22
2 bears 18-Sep-22
fdp 18-Sep-22
HEXX 18-Sep-22
Mechanic 18-Sep-22
wannabe archer 18-Sep-22
Smokedinpa 19-Sep-22
Smokedinpa 19-Sep-22
Wudstix 19-Sep-22
cobson 20-Sep-22
George D. Stout 20-Sep-22
From: wannabe archer
Date: 17-Sep-22




I have a very short draw length of 24 1/2 inches to the corner of my mouth. About a year ago I started anchoring with the feather to my nose. Somewhat better results until the feathers got wet or I changed arrows. Today I tried anchoring with the rear of my thumb bone to the back of my jawbone. It seems to have helped my left/right alignment. Is there anyone else that uses this anchor point or could this be a bad habit that I’m headed into?

From: bentstick54
Date: 17-Sep-22




If it works for you, and you can be consistent with it, there should be nothing wrong with where you anchor. Everyone is built a little differently, and one size is not always the best fit for everyone. Experiment with different anchor points, find one that works for you, and stick with it.

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 17-Sep-22




I do too.

From: fdp
Date: 17-Sep-22




It's common.

Corner of the mouth keeps as many people from reaching full alignment and draw length as it helps.

Your proper anchor/aiming reference is where you end up when you reach full alignment, doesn't matter where that is.

From: Dry Bones
Date: 18-Sep-22




I have been playing with anchor points earlier this year tryin to get some left shots figured out. Felt like it had to be me, but the sight picture looked good at release. the corner of the mouth is soft tissue, unless you find a specific tooth. I moved up my face a little and put my top finger on the point of my cheek bone. This allowed me to get more inline, and into my back, but still see the sight picture I wanted. It changed my sight picture a little as well, but I am shooting better/more consistent now. Your anchor will be fine as long as you pull into it the same and keep your alignment.

-Bones

From: fdp
Date: 18-Sep-22




One of the easiest ways to get on the right track to finding a good anchor/sighting reference iscising a mirror.

Stand in front of the mirror and draw your bow to your anchor. Off you see anything besides the point of the arrow you are not at optimal alignment.

When you have found the right spot, the arrow will.be aligned from.syring, to point, to target.

From: 2 bears
Date: 18-Sep-22




Fdp that is a good tip to check alignment. >>>-----> Ken

From: fdp
Date: 18-Sep-22




Ken that's a Jim Ploen tip.

From: HEXX
Date: 18-Sep-22




For a long time now I have been using three points on my face. 1 ) index finger in the

corner of my mouth. 2 ) thumb knuckle under my ear. and 3 ) a kisser button touching

my eye brow ( also called a silent clicker ). I shoot three under and this also helps with

back tension. When I do it right I get good results.

From: Mechanic
Date: 18-Sep-22




Look up Jim Ploen video on YouTube

From: wannabe archer
Date: 18-Sep-22




Thanks very much for all the replies. It does seem to be helping my shot. Jim Ploen is also very informative. Thanks again.

From: Smokedinpa
Date: 19-Sep-22




Agree with fdp. It has everything to do with alignment. That other stuff might be another reference point when you get there.

From: Smokedinpa
Date: 19-Sep-22




Agree with fdp. It has everything to do with alignment. That other stuff might be another reference point when you get there.

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 19-Sep-22




Roy Marlow mentions lowering your anchor point to allow more efficient anchor and shooting.

From: cobson
Date: 20-Sep-22




I use 2 - my thumb bent in half and tucked right in front of my ear - then bottom finger corner mouth - as long as I do that I am good - lose that reference and I am not as consistent - Rick Welch uses multiple and feather was one but I never got used to something hitting my nose.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 20-Sep-22




The upper jaw doesn't move so it's a natural anchor point and has been for millennia I suppose. It doesn't mean that's where the string is though. The back of my hand nestles under my cheek bone and the arrow nock is near the corner of my mouth, so to speak. I've used that form since I was shown what form should be back in the 1960's and it has served me well.





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