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Darryl R.
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The way you grip has a tremendous effect on arrow flight and consistency.

One way to find what works best for your individual style is to make 6 bareshafts that match your hunting arrows.

Shoot the bareshafts for a grouping and you'll easily see how a minor change in the pressure points of your grip affects the arrow impact point and the flight of the arrow. You can even create false weak or stiff spine reads by changing your grip pressure. For me personally, I found that the thumb and forefinger only provides me with the most consistent bareshaft flight and the point of impact goes where I'm looking.

Your mileage may vary.

The best way to check is shoot many groups of bareshafts only and see how the arrows behave to minor changes in your grip.

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Good alignment from the arrow through to the draw elbow will allow your grip to figure itself out for any given bow. Resist overthinking it...keep it simple.
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If you're not already familiar with the concept of the artillery hold in shooting spring piston air rifles, I suggest you check it out. As I understand it, the same concept applies in archery. It's less a function in the specific grip and more a function of how the bow reacts after the shot. The more consistent you allow the bow to jump after the shot, the more consistent the shot will be. Pellets typically travel at about 700 fps and even slight details can alter the shot before the pellet has time to leave the barrel. Bows are shooting less than 200 fps and "offhand" so the effect is even more pronounced. Grip it however you want. Just do it as little as possible and as consistently as possible.

While experimenting with a thumb ring, I had the string slip out a few times. Both the bow and the arrow launched about 10' from where I stood. I definitely botched the shot but it was interesting to see just how little grip I put on the bow during my draw sequence. I reckon I've messed up a fair amount of shots just grabbing it mid-shot during the recoil.

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As previously stated, I shoot thumb and index finger touching. I also curl my remaining fingers next to the side of the bow grip, so I minimize torquing the bow.

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kenneth butler
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My straight grip Hill bow seems to require a firm hold. For re-curves the fingers are just curled around lightly enough to keep from dropping it. The bows tend to find where they want to rest in my hand with a little tension on the string then curl the fingers around the grip. Ken
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riivioristo
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Someone steted, that when your bow kinda jumps toward your target when you release - your hold is ok...so your grip should be quite relaxed...no gripping -> torgue.

Longbows in other hand need to be shot with firm grip...mean those Hill syles with broom stick handles. You kinda master a longbow with authority, so you hold your bow to show who is the boss here [Big Grin]

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kenneth butler
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Exactly what McDave said for the recurves and similar grip long bows. I will add that my Howard Hill straight grip, seems to prefer a full contact firm grip. Could just be me. Ken
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I need to do a video shooting while holding the lower fade out.

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Not sure what you mean Terry by "holding the lower fade out" but I watch all your videos. I will be looking for this one.Ken
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Would like to see the video, Terry!

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Moebow provided some great insight on the topic several years back. Here is the tread; it has helped me so much I keep it bookmarked.
http://tradgang.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=6;t=005763#000000

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