48 Replies to “Archery | The Release”

  1. this is super helpful, as are all of your videos Sensei. In my town, we have archery clubs but no teachers. do you have any suggestions other than watching videos? I thought about asking one of the more advanced people at the club for help, but get too many different answers as there are many different style of bows there, including traditional Chinese bow. I feel lost…

  2. Do you have a video showing how to initially fit and adjust a recurve sight. Should i adjust the pin to centre of the arrow?

  3. Question for you Nu;

    (total rookies here)
    What are you looking at after the release? it seems as if youre looking down and to the right? im thinking string vibration? final finger position? dog running across the target?

  4. I have been shooting compounds with a release for the last 30 years. Just this year bought a recurve and started over with traditional archery. I was struggling until I found your videos. Your teaching is second to none. Well done. Keep it up.

  5. I started learning how to shoot a bow when I was 5 or 6 years old. I have never had any form of professional instruction nor any training nor advice from any archery instructor. My father bought a 45$ bow and some 29 cent arrows at K-Mart. He was an avid deer hunter but almost immediately lost interest in archery hunting. The Bow was a 45# Bear Kodiac. It was taller than I was then. The arrows were mass produced wooden shaft, capped target tipped. After some indeterminate time, I would aggravate him about giving it to me. He would say "Boy, when you're taller than the bow, then you can have it." Seemed like centuries later, I got the bow from the closet for which I had permission, walked into the kitchen up to Him and my Mother and her older sister sitting at the kitchen table, and to my Great amazement: Put the Bow on the floor as it seemed I had done for thousands and thousands of times before and tested it against my head, The tip of the bow didn't hit me in the forehead!!! They seemed to stop talking, looked at me, then I looked at my father and stated IT"S mine now, and walked out of the house to the pasture and the hay bails that I'd toted for more than 200 yards fot a target and back stop. As a youngman, Correction, "boy" this type language to an adult would get your ass whipped. In this event, by merit of their appreciation of my long perseverance, and admired development of significant skill, it was tolerated and smiled upon, ever so briefly, and before that changed, I was out the door and towards the barn. I remember that moment as if I were walking just above the ground!! I shot that bow until the string wore out and broke. That nice storebought string was substituted with bailing twine. it broke repeatedly! Eventually got a new storebought string by virtue of my Mother. A few years later, I subsequently won the class archery tournament at college with that same bow. The upper limb eventually broke and hit me in the face. Hard.!!! That's the history of IT. In 1992, I was in the 11th ACR, I bought and had shipped to Germany, a Bear Kodiac 55# 56". That Bow has gone with me for many years to the Usury Mountain Archery Course here in Arizona with the machine shooters, I mean compound bow shooters. Every time, I hear exclamations from them: I can't believe he just hit that, How can you do that? I have a fixed release, and completely intuitive aiming technique. I don't ask myself how, just, Make It Work!

    I may have overindulged this narrative, but I wanted to take a few minutes to convey something of importance! EVERYTHING, I've heard you say and describe in every one of your videos here is rightminded and correct and truthfully characterizes correctness in the archery endeavor as well as my humble learning experience. I started learning with that 45$ bow and those 29 cent arrows over 50 years ago. I have subsequently been a US Army Scout and a sniper since 1984 and a firearms instructor since 1986. Thats all I have to say about that.

    This is my imperfect effort to give back something to You in appreciation of all the hours and gifted verbal ability that you've developed and expressed here and the many other presentations that you have made.

    With highest regards, and appreciation,

    Thank You

  6. Clean-Release Better-Grouping Aim Formula

    1. Coming up
    2. Draw
    3. Anchor
    4. Release
    5. Follow-through

  7. The release you're showing at 2:14 is more of an active release, where your fingers end up pretty straight (opening your fingers), which means that you actively used your muscles in your hand to release the string. On a correct release (passive release) you shouldn't use muscles in your hand to release, instead you should just relax the muscles that are already tensed. You can see this in Olympic archers when you watch them in SLO mo. Before they release and after they release (before the follow through) looks exactly the same, the only difference is that the string isn't in their fingers anymore, and the arrow is a few metres downrange. Your three string fingers should also be rubbing against your neck/jaw in the follow through if you do the release correctly.

  8. I just tried to understand proper release – very good video. if you look at anchor point – the real anchor point is about where you fix the arrow or the string, not the hand or your fingers. when you static release you move a little your anchor point because the arrow will go from string a little forward. when you dynamic release actually you keep the arrow or the string in the anchor point and you move your arm backwards uncurling the fingers until the arrow goes. the traditional release is without device, only from fingers, so is made by uncurling the fingers while the arrow stays on anchor point (more or less). you just draw the elbow while uncurling fingers until the arrow escape from hand – actually until the string escape from it. at first look seems that you draw while you release, but actually the arrow stays on anchor point, the arm moves back while uncurling the fingers.

  9. Sensei, you mentioned the blind shooting, where you stand so close to the target, that you can't miss. What's the lower limit of distance? How close can I get without hurting myself or damaging either part of the equipment? A length of an arrow? A multiple of that?

  10. Hey Nu,

    Love your videos and I have learnt heaps from watching them. I do have a question about the follow through though.

    I am using a compound bow with a release aid, what is the correct way to follow through when shooting with a release aid? I think I am learning bad habits as with the release aid I am shooting from a static position and it feels weird when I try to follow through the same way I would when shooting my recurve.

  11. I've been trying to look through the comments and searching some of your other videos but haven't found an answer to my question yet (and if I just overlooked it, can someone link the comment or video please?) But I was wondering about your thoughts on using a d-loop with a release, or other release aids from the compound bow world and using them on a recurve style bow.

  12. That electrical socket situation at 4:00 seems like a fire hazard. Pro Tip: youll never master the release if you burn up in an electrical fire.

  13. This is honestly the best explanation, of this subject, that I have ever been able to find. Very nice.

  14. If you are using a clicker, then it is worth mentioning that you are pulling the arrow back at the point you release (rather than holding a particular draw length), so this is going to support the motion of a dynamic release.

  15. I know this video is 2 years old, but I'm really stumped. I'm very new at archery and trying to learn from home. I can shoot with my thumb and pointing finger knuckle holding the arrow and string, and the arrow releases fine, hits the target, no string slap, but I'm trying to learn Mediterranean (1 over, 2 under) shooting and the arrow just twists a bit and falls off the string near my feet to the left (I hold the bow with my left hand). I tried and tried this afternoon after watching a couple of your videos, but all I ended up with was wicked string slap (my inner forearm is swollen and bruised). I assume this is because the bowstring was throwing the energy into my arm rather than the arrow, but I don't understand what I'm doing wrong! I held the bowstring above and below the arrow with my right hand and when it came time to let go, I tried both getting my fingers out of the way as fast as I could and simply letting the string go like I was dropping something, but the arrow fell anyway. This is really frustrating, as I have no idea what I'm doing wrong! I really want to learn how to shoot "properly" and it's obviously a problem with me and not with the bow or arrows, since they shoot perfectly when I use my knuckle and thumb. Any ideas of what I might be doing wrong?? I'd be grateful for any feedback. =)

  16. I don’t know what did I do wrong. I tried one session I can do the proper release but recently I tug the string a lot

  17. Revisiting some of these videos after obtaining some more shooting experience is actually really helpful. Thanks, Sensei!

  18. Hey NUsensei I like this video but one thing that helped my release exponentially is relaxing the forearm and not the fingers. If you haven’t tried this I’d recommend it to anyone having issues with release. Relaxing the forearm for some reason relaxes the fingers very equally

  19. I've read a guide that says the release should be sub-conscious and kind of surprise the archer. Apparently when we consciously release the arrow our body tries to compensate for it and ruins form. When I try to expand and relax my hand the string still seems to get caught on the tips of my finger. I still feel like i have to move my fingers out of the way to release the arrow. This results in me plucking the string and ruining the shot. Any suggestions?

  20. Cool, this was really interesting. I do kyudo but know nothing about western styles of archery, so it is interesting to hear that you do pretty much all the same things, despite the exact positions and so on looking quite different. For example here you talk about expanding through the release, which we call nobiai in Japanese, and the follow-through, which is zanshin in Japanese. The difference between the finger release VS the thumb release of kyudo is interesting too, it seems to me like maybe the kyudo thumb release is easier in terms of doing it in a relaxed way. In kyudo one uses a two fingered shooting glove with a thumb hook, and this allows the weight of the draw to be carried fully by the glove, you don't actually have to use any arm muscles to keep your hand "hooked" into the string. The glove just holds the weight by design, a bit like a modern mechanical release, and the release occurs naturally as you expand because the expansion causes the wrist to rotate a little, which releases the string from the thumb hook. Of course, similarly to what you mentioned, it takes quite a while before beginners learn to trust their glove and stop holding the string with their muscles. And until they learn to relax their hands they can't shoot straight and don't have a smooth release.

  21. Please help me: I realised that for the meditarranean grip i have to rotate my wrist extremely outward. That movement now hurts. For the mongolian pull i wouldn't need to rotate my wrist much at all, it feels more natural (haven't tried it tough). It would even feel better if i rotated my wrist in the opposite directen of the mediterranean draw (inside of the hand facing outside). Does that draw exist and is it legit? What shall i do, the mediterranean draw appears so unnatural right now to me

  22. I do all my archery with eyes closed…but then again I only shoot fire clout…a very different beast…

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