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    • solo one
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      It seems that 9 out of 10 of my misses are left of center. Why is that? I am trying to learn the Asbell way of shooting and have no sights to change, but I know when I used to have left or right misses with my compound it would be related to where I was putting the string on my nose at full draw. There are so many things I’m trying to pay attention to while drawing my recurve I don’t know what to change. The thing is, I’ll put 3 or 4 within a couple of inches in the bulls eye at 15yds and then go right back to missing left up to a foot over and over again. Anyone know the fix? Thanks.

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      It could be a wide range of reasons. The two that first come to my mind are:

      1. If I am not following-thru the shot and am trying to see where the arrow hits while the shot is still happening, It always results in high and right of where I’m aiming. (I’m Left Handed) High and Left for you.

      2. arrows are overspined. Either add weight up front or try different arrows.

      One book you should get IMO is The traditional Bowhunter’s Handbook by T.J Conrads. Almost everything you need to know about shooting, arrow flight, etc… is there.

    • RalphRalph
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      Whenever I start pulling that left stuff (right handed I am), I just start telling myself to keep my hand to my face. Doesn’t take but a tad bit of “plucking” to throw the arrow off to the side.

      My 2¢

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      I do the same thing Ralph talked about. I’ve been working pretty hard on ‘instinctive shooting’ the last few months and I find I ‘pluck’ and shoot left more regularly when I ‘relax’ a lot of those archery norms. I suspect inadequate back tension is another accomplice to the same crime, but ahh, I’m no coach (or decent archer) 🙂

    • solo one
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      I think Alex nailed my biggest problem with #1. My arrows are not just left but high and left as described. Tonight I concentrated on keeping my eyes put until the arrow hit and I seen improvement. I also read (right brain-left brain) by Mr Asbell in June 2010 Traditional bow mag. and it seems to apply to me. If I think about the shot I seem to blow it. Thanks for the help.

    • Arne Moe
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      R2 wrote: Whenever I start pulling that left stuff (right handed I am), I just start telling myself to keep my hand to my face. Doesn’t take but a tad bit of “plucking” to throw the arrow off to the side.

      My 2¢

      R2 got it. Most of the time, left hits for a right hander is caused by the string hand. Many are too quick to point out that arrow spine is the reason. It is FAR more common that the dreaded “pluck” is the cause. An example I use is that a 1/8th inch change in the position of your string hand at release will cause about an 8 inch error at the target (20 yards).

      Learning to use the back will consequently help your string hand to recoil back along the cheek, thus reducing the position error.

      Collapsing is harder to analyze. It most often causes a right hander to miss to the right, but also can contribute to a plucking string hand which can put us back to the left again.

      I’d suggest that you pay attention to your string hand and how it moves when you release. If you can take a video of your shot, self analysis is pretty easy — you can actually see what you are doing.

      And, yes, I am an archery coach.:D

      Arne

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