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Terry Green
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One thing I have learned canting the bow, to avoid/reduce string torque have a loose bow hand that way the bow will naturally cant with the string hand. This is due to the fact that the bow is not anchored in place and pivots in the bow hand.
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quote:
Originally posted by Fun4all:
One thing I have learned canting the bow, to avoid/reduce string torque have a loose bow hand that way the bow will naturally cant with the string hand. This is due to the fact that the bow is not anchored in place and pivots in the bow hand.

Exactly. That's what I was trying to say.

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I've had some bows that a slight cant seemed to better align the shaft under my eye...others not so much. That's what I use as the determining factor. The two bows I have currently shoot best completely vertical. If I get a "flyer" about 4"inches left (I'm RH) I know I've inadvertently gone back to my comfortable 1 o'clock cant. I think that's more of form thing...I just know to quit it, lol!

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I don't see how you could position the nock directly under the eye without canting the bow a little. On a perfectly vertical bow, the string blocks my vision of the arrow shaft, target & everything else. I can hold the bow vertical but I need an arrow spined a little stiff or weak to compensate for the arrow being slightly out of alignment when I look on one side of the string or the other. It's the same basic issue behind a side-mounted scope on a rifle in that if your eye isn't directly over the bore, you're going to hit off to one side. The amount of the left/right adjustment will vary based on the range of the target and will cross over to the opposite side past your zero range.

Granted, I can sometimes shoot more consistently with a vertical bow since it's harder to mess up vertical but pretty easy to get 5-10% off of my normal cant -- especially on uneven terrain, under bushes, etc. Most compound shooters get around this by looking through the string with a peep sight.

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I doubt that many people shoot with a dead vertical bow in traditional archery. Since we don't use bubble levels on our bows, it would be hard to maintain a dead vertical orientation. I remember when I first got into archery in the '80's, I started with a compound bow that I shot with a finger release. I didn't have a bubble level on my bow; they may not have even existed at that time, but I sure wanted one. I think I may have even tried to invent one myself, but I switched over to traditional archery before that idea got very far down the road, and never looked back.

Nor would it be really desirable to have a dead vertical bow, for the reasons Sam mentions above. We can cant our bows without the same negative effects on accuracy that would be the case with a compound bow because our bow hands are much closer to the arrow than with a compound bow. What we need instead of bubble levels and vertical bows is a reliable way to get the same bow orientation shot after shot. Fortunately, we have that if we have repeatable anchors and string blur. String blur can be your friend, although maybe not if it is in the exact center of your eye. I cant my bow a few degrees until the string blur is at the edge of my vision, which is almost like having another anchor. I try to get the same string blur in the same place every time I shoot the bow.

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If you cant your bow(twisting your wrist) and not your head...you are likely torquing the string.

I cant my body which cants my everything...and I still have "The Magic T"....in pretty much any position I can get into....and yes...even reverse cant.

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I seem to be more accurate when canting about 30dg. Shooting traditional. Dont use Compounds.
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