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    • saprophyte00
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      hello all! i just bought my girlfriend a bow for her birthday, shes never shot before but wanted to give it a try. i am having a little trouble dealing with the anatomical differences between us. she is a little gunshy as the string has scraped across her breasts a time or two, and she is afraid of it happening again, so she tends to hold the bow out from her body and it seems to be messing with her anchor and release. has anyone encountered this, either instructing someone or personal experience? i want her to have fun shooting so any advice would help. thanks!

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      A couple of suggestions:

      Have her move her back foot to the right (assuming she is right handed) so she is not 90 degrees to the target. Also, lean into the shot with her bow arm bent slightly and the elbow pointed out, not down, don’t lock the elbow.

      They also make sports bras and breast protectors if you want to go that route. You might try an online search or a sporting goods store.

      G. Fred Asbell’s book Instinctive Shooting is also a great reference. You can find it at most of the traditional suppliers who advertise in TBM.

    • Charles EkCharles Ek
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      The Dec/Jan 2009 issue of Traditional Bowhunter Magazine has an article by G. Fred Asbell titled “The Stance: How you stand to draw the bow and the evolvement of the bowhunter stance.” It has detailed descriptions and pictures of a possible solution for your girlfriend.

    • flashingeyed
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      Hi,

      Just recently sign-up here, can someone please recommend some hunting videos to watch, online or on tv? Hope something more of crossbows and archery stuff.

      Thanks. :o:lol:

    • MOUNTAINSLICKER
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      Hi, just worked with some ladies this weekend. The first thing I check is the dominant eye. It is possible to close one eye but then you lose depth perception. Anyway check for dominant eye by pointing at something and alternately closing one eye then the other. One will keep you on target the other will be off target. Shoot with the hand that keeps you on target. Then the questions you asked have to be addressed. No woman should endure the pain of arm or breast slaps. That will put an end to what might be a wonderful sport for the whole family. The opening of the stance will take care of the chest problem. Just remember to turn at the waist so both shoulders are in line with the target. The elbow problem is much harder to get women to understand. It is not just the way they naturally hold their elbow but the shoulder also. In turning the elbow so it is 90 degrees from body the shoulder must be rolled or you will see a hump at the shoulder instead of a straight line from wrist to opposite elbow. G Fred’s book with the low starting position shows and helps explain this. The shoulder must be turned and rolled as well.Elbow does not have to be cocked as this puts a lot of strain on joints and will cause future pain. Once stance is open ,shoulder and elbow rolled the arm can be in a straight relaxed not locked straight line to and thru the shoulders so bones instead of muscles will hold the bow and proper back muscle tension can be utilized to shoot the bow. If form is correct the only need for chest protector or arm guard is if clothing hitting string.

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      Thanks for the detailed descriptions. I think this will help all of us to visualize the form we should have. Great post! 😀

    • TradRag
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      Can’t you also close the shooting stance a bit to clear the upper body? I know it will also shorten the draw length. This may help and it just a little adjustment.

    • MOUNTAINSLICKER
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      TradRag wrote: Can’t you also close the shooting stance a bit to clear the upper body? I know it will also shorten the draw length. This may help and it just a little adjustment.

      Closing the stance (putting back foot behind front foot) would be a big problem for most women. That superimposes the chest which is exactly what they are trying to avoid, if I understood what you meant. xtarget xtarget xtarget
      _ – –
      _ even – open – closed

    • MOUNTAINSLICKER
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      mountainslicker wrote: [quote=TradRag]Can’t you also close the shooting stance a bit to clear the upper body? I know it will also shorten the draw length. This may help and it just a little adjustment.

      Closing the stance (putting back foot behind front foot) would be a big problem for most women. That superimposes the chest which is exactly what they are trying to avoid, if I understood what you meant xtarget –even xtarget -_ closed xtarget _- open

      sorry illustration did not come thru properly. puter guru that I’m not.Bet this doesn’t work either.

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