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Release Aids

Release Aids


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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.

Thumb Trigger

Most common are the 3 or 4 finger grip shapes.  They are held at approximately 45 degrees, with the back of the hand in a snug, solid location under or around the jaw bone.   Activated by gentle compression of the thumb trigger.

Index Finger Trigger

Almost always attached to the archer with a wrist strap and activated with the by gentle compression of the index finger trigger. At full draw, the back of the hand faces upwards with the side of the hand resting on or around the jaw bone.

Back Tension

Similar to thumb style release aids in shape and hand position, but without an obvious trigger. The shot is activated through the rotation of the handle around a hinge point.  Surprisingly natural to shoot.

Pull Through

These have to be individually set to each bow as they are activated by increasing tension at full draw.  When this tension is met, the release shoots.  A safety mechanism is enabled to allow the bow to be drawn through the peak weight, and then disabled when at full draw.