Accessories for the Archer
ACCESSORIES FOR THE ARCHER SHOP
Do you know the difference between an armguard and a bracer? Neither do I... But what I do know is that the whack of a bowstring on an unprotected arm is enough to bring tears to your eyes! So unless you know for sure you don't need one, and to save any unnecessary embarrassment in front of your family, pop one in your shopping bag now. It's well worth it.
Every archer needs a quiver. And a quiver is one of the few essential pieces of equipment that makes no difference to your score! So i have no real advice to give. Fashion rules. Though if you are one of those archers who likes to hang everything but the kitchen sink from it, you may do well by investing in a sturdy belt.
Release aids can greatly improve accuracy when compared to a traditional finger loose. They should always attach to the string via a rope or d-loop, but the way the shot is activated varies depending on release aid type.
The two most popular types are ‘index finger releases’ (also known as wrist releases) and ‘thumb activated’ releases.
For the more experienced archer there are also ‘back tension’ release aids, which operate by rotating the handle around a hinge point, as well as ‘pull through’ release aids, which are activated by increasing the pressure at full draw.
These are the 4 main categories of release aids, though there are always unusual concepts popping up from time to time that may blur the lines. But what you can be sure of is that there is no particular category of release aid that is better than another. It is how you use them that counts.
Tabs & Gloves
Much more than just finger protection, a good quality tab is an essential aid to consistency.
Olympic style recurve archers should look for tabs with finger spacers (the plastic wedge that fits between your index and middle finger to prevent you from pinching the arrow) and a platform (the shelf on top of a tab that acts as a solid reference point under the jaw bone). Naturally, what ever tab you choose should be comfortable, but comfort should not be the only deciding factor. Some of the modern styles of tabs are actually designed to be uncomfortable if not held correctly, forcing you to readjust. They may take some getting used to, but results will justify your patience.
For instinctive shooters (bows without sights) a glove or tab without a platform is essential. Your anchor point is higher up onto your check, and any platform will simply get int the way. Tabs with finger spacers may still be preferred by some, but a snug fitting three finger leather shooting glove can mould itself to your hand offering a natural, comfortable feel.
Schools and clubs running beginners courses or 'have-a-go' sessions should consider the rubber finger guards. A permanent fixture to the string eliminating the need for tabs and is a very convenient way of sharing bows.
We all know where our arrows should have landed, but is that actually where they go? A good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope can save you points!
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All the other bits & bobs essential for completing your set up.