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  • zb89manning
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    I recently switched to a homemade tab. The arrows group fantastic, however three inches to the right now indicating weak. (I’m left handed). I will be making new arrows soon however till then anyone know remedies to this?

  • richard roop
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    Greetings !!!

    You may want to check if the new tab has affected your anchor point.

    Doesn’t take much & a slight move of your ‘rear sight’ is going to affect where your groups impact.

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Zb89

    Richard makes a good point. Different tab / glove can of course adjust / affect your release.

    You didn’t mention what range you were shooting at? Are you shooting instinctive ? If your release / group has improved ( tight ) you may now be seeing your true impact – so you might want to re-adjust / perfect your bows tune —which it sounds like you are already pursuing –

    Scout

  • zb89manning
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    Scout,

    I’m shooting at about 10 yards in my garage this fine rainy Sunday. I shoot a semi- instinctive looking at my impact point with the arrow tip in my peripheral. I’m thinking you are correct and arrows need a tune up. I looked all day to see what I might be doing differently with my anchor and I can’t seem to find it yet. It’s a homemade tab I’ve been messing with.

  • RalphRalph
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    I’m of a long time understanding, I shoot right handed, that if my arrows are grouping left that indicates my arrows are to stiff.

    So I’m thinking (maybe backwards knowing me) that if a lefty is grouping to the right that would indicate to stiff a spine.

    ??????

    This is from Grizzly Stik

    Too stiff or too weak?
    There are many popular tuning methods. This isn’t intended to be a tuning primer but for quick reference…. How does one tell if one has the right spine for the setup he/she is shooting? A right-handed archer shooting in the style most of us use grasps the bow in his left hand and draws the arrow with the right. The arrow passes along the left side of the bow. If the arrow is too stiff it will fail to flex around the bow sufficiently and may hit left of the spot it was aimed at. If it is too weak if will flex around the bow too much and tend to hit right of the target. If one is using paper tuning or tail watching methods an overly stiff arrow flies nock right. A weak arrow flies nock left.

  • RalphRalph
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    As far as diff in glove and tab, I shoot both, when changing from one to the other it takes my brain awhile (probably longer than normal) to adapt.

    There is a different thickness between the two and the contact on the anchor point is somewhat different between the two.

    I personally have a tendency to short draw with a tab. Short drawing a bow changes the spine/weight factor/relationship of arrow spine and draw/bow draw weight.

     

     

     

    • zb89manning
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      Understood, I might have misinterpreted my arrow flight. However when I shot it from 6 feet away that sucker was tail right which if I’m a lefty indicates weak but step back to ten yards and they hit collectively right that should indicate stiff? Either way, I believe they just require a retune.

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Zb89

    Looks like the tab is working well for you ( excellent release, tight group )

    Retune is  probably required- now that your seeing your “actual” group. Especially if you think your form is good, and your going to continue shooting the tab —

    Scout

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Looks like you guys messaged back in forth a bit that I missed, while I was writing my second comment .

    R2 makes a good point on the short drawing with a tab. This happens to me also when I switch to one initially- till I work with it again.

    Also trying to think tuning in reverse ( haha), if a southpaws arrows are hitting to the right the arrows are spined to high ( stiff as r2 mentioned) —ie the opposite of a right hander ( I think)probably need Stefan to weigh in on this before we all get real confused—- altering brace height can help left and right some too —-

    If you don’t have it I highly recommend TJ Conrads- the Traditional Bowhunters Handbook – I reference it all the time- just did

    Scout

  • zb89manning
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    Thanks gents damn good info!

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Zb89

    You bet – let us know how it turns out —

    Scout

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