Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Longbow Grip Preferences?

Messages posted to thread:
Lastmohecken 03-Mar-24
RiverRat 03-Mar-24
dakotabowhunter 03-Mar-24
bodymanbowyer 03-Mar-24
Jeff Durnell 03-Mar-24
Lastmohecken 03-Mar-24
Lastmohecken 03-Mar-24
dakotabowhunter 04-Mar-24
Mark 04-Mar-24
RonP 04-Mar-24
Josey Wales 04-Mar-24
Wudstix 04-Mar-24
Danielb 04-Mar-24
B.T. 04-Mar-24
Bowtie 04-Mar-24
felipe 04-Mar-24
Zbone 05-Mar-24
Deno 05-Mar-24
Buzz 05-Mar-24
Wapiti - - M. S. 06-Mar-24
Jim 06-Mar-24
kaw369 06-Mar-24
ChadR 06-Mar-24
RonG 06-Mar-24
the Black Spot 06-Mar-24
Steve P 06-Mar-24
MNFN 06-Mar-24
Andy Man 06-Mar-24
From: Lastmohecken
Date: 03-Mar-24

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I have currently, a couple of longbows, one locater grip bow, and a custom Northern Mist Classic I had Steve make for me a few months ago.

The Classic has the straight grip on it. And for a while I was shooting it ok, but now, I think I want to change the grip a little bit. I am considering making it into more of a dished grip or locater grip. But I don't know, I don't really want to screw it up, either.

So, I guess it comes down to this: What do you prefer? I know there are probably some other choices but out of the three, which do you like the best, straight, dished, or locator grip?

From: RiverRat
Date: 03-Mar-24




On an ASL or Hill style bow, straight or dished are interchangeable to me.

If I was getting one built, it would be straight.

Locator grips don't jive for me with that style of bow.

From: dakotabowhunter
Date: 03-Mar-24




On my Yellowstone Old Timer Blake put what he called a Slight locator grip on it, it's by far my favorite and consistent grip on a longbow that I've ever tried. So I guess I'd have to say locator.

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 03-Mar-24

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Straight or a dish grip. JF

From: Jeff Durnell
Date: 03-Mar-24




Of those mentioned, I prefer the locator, but it has to be made right. Many aren't. I'll never have a bow with a straight or dished grip. They feel like they're not done yet.

From: Lastmohecken
Date: 03-Mar-24




I removed the leather wrap this afternoon, and after cleaning the glue off, I did go ahead and do some sanding, and created a modest locator grip, that could still be turned into a dished grip if I decided to.

I'm not done with it yet. However, I kept removing a little bit of wood, and shooting it some. It feels better without the leather grip on it. But I will put a wrap or something on it, when I get it to where I am happy with it. The bow seems to shoot better for me now. The bow likes to be shot with plenty of heel pressure, but I was having trouble before, on applying consistent heel pressure with the straight grip.

I definitely have not hurt the bow any as far as my shooting goes. I am sure I have hurt the resale value some, but on this bow, I probably won't ever sell it anyway. I just need to refine it a little bit to fit me better, I think.

From: Lastmohecken
Date: 03-Mar-24




I removed the leather wrap this afternoon, and after cleaning the glue off, I did go ahead and do some sanding, and created a modest locator grip, that could still be turned into a dished grip if I decided to.

I'm not done with it yet. However, I kept removing a little bit of wood, and shooting it some. It feels better without the leather grip on it. But I will put a wrap or something on it, when I get it to where I am happy with it. The bow seems to shoot better for me now. The bow likes to be shot with plenty of heel pressure, but I was having trouble before, on applying consistent heel pressure with the straight grip.

I definitely have not hurt the bow any as far as my shooting goes. I am sure I have hurt the resale value some, but on this bow, I probably won't ever sell it anyway. I just need to refine it a little bit to fit me better, I think.

From: dakotabowhunter
Date: 04-Mar-24




In the end, it's your bow and the grip should fit you. I'm sure if the bowyer lived close to you you'd just drive over and have him alter it for you. I believe that the grip on the bow makes a huge difference as to whether you like the bow or not.

From: Mark
Date: 04-Mar-24




I have two Northern Mist bows, one Classic and one Shelton. Both have dished grips. Luv them. I get consistent hand placement with the dished grip.

From: RonP
Date: 04-Mar-24




i prefer a locator grip wrapped with 'tacky' leather or a rubber roll-on so my hand does not slide.

never liked or get used to a straight or dished grip.

From: Josey Wales
Date: 04-Mar-24




I have a Moosejaw Razorback I would consider a locator grip. I also have a straight grip on a Best Friends Longbow (Iowa Bowyer) I like it much better. I like the straight grip because I can keep the heel of my hand down better than on a locator grip, but I have never tried a dished grip.

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 04-Mar-24




I have a couple different grips on longbows. A MOAB which is a hybrid grip. Big River bows with a slight locator grip and Kota with a more straight grip still a bit dished.

From: Danielb
Date: 04-Mar-24




Toby grip on a Black Widow.

From: B.T.
Date: 04-Mar-24




I can’t shoot a dished or regular straight grip, locator grip for me.

From: Bowtie
Date: 04-Mar-24




Locator grip works best for me. On all my longbows.

From: felipe
Date: 04-Mar-24




I can shoot a slight locator okay but much prefer a straight grip. I like to grip close to the shelf. On quick shots a straight grip always gives me a natural feel. I also shoot a high wrist so I don’t use a lot of the grip.

From: Zbone
Date: 05-Mar-24




Personally like a locator grip best too...

From: Deno
Date: 05-Mar-24




I like straight on my Hill longbows

From: Buzz
Date: 05-Mar-24

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Slight locator.

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-Mar-24




Dished!

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-Mar-24




Deep narrow straight grip.

From: kaw369
Date: 06-Mar-24




Broom handle

From: ChadR
Date: 06-Mar-24




I like straight on Hill style bows too. Most accurate for me.

From: RonG
Date: 06-Mar-24




I like a straight grip because I like to slide my hand up under the arrow, Like shooting an english longbow.

From: the Black Spot
Date: 06-Mar-24

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Either one of these

From: Steve P
Date: 06-Mar-24




I like a dished grip. My first longbow the grip was dished is probably why and it just became what felt right.

Steve

From: MNFN
Date: 06-Mar-24

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I really like my straight gripped Liberty English, although the bowyer, Allen Boice thought the locator grip was a great option. I had that on a Liberty Chief and liked that as well. In irrational moment I traded that one off. Wish I could get that one back.

If you have a Liberty with my name (Gary Savaloja)on it, it would mean a lot to me to get that one back.

From: Andy Man
Date: 06-Mar-24

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NM like this for me





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