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BijanO
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Does which finger you use for anchor make a difference if you shoot instinctively? In reading "Shooting a stickbow" the author suggests strongly the index finger.

While it does make for a more comfortable anchor (the thumb doesn't get in the way) I'm wondering why the middle finger is so popular.

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I use middle finger since it sticks out further at anchor, thus easier to locate to the corner of my mouth.

Use what you find most comfortable and repeatable shot to shot.

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SAM E. STEPHENS
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Middle here just works better for me and how I shoot...

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Red Beastmaster
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Middle. It gets the arrow closer to your eye.

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I shot years ago with my index finger at the corner of my mouth. It was more comfortable as my thumb was under my jawbone, but it was mainly to clear those big "aviator" glasses, that were "styling" at the time, LMAO! If you gap shoot... Your gap will be increased dramatically, and your point on will probly be increased about 20yds or so. Shooting truely instinctive your sight picture will open up a bit. Nothing you can't get used to though!?
Last 10 years or so, I've been shooting middle finger, and going back & forth between split finger & 3under. Play around & see what's most comfortable for you...

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David McLendon
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Middle

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PICKNGRIN
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I went to the middle quite a few years ago after using the index finger for many years. I like the middle, it gets my eye a little closer to the arrow, I think I shoot better using the middle.
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switched to middle to get arrow closer to my eye
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RedShaft
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Middle for me also.

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Middle. Works with my facial geometry. I have tried my index finger and it just doesnt align me properly.

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I have a canine that bumps out in just the right spot so that my middle finger fits behind it at full anchor (slit finger); and the line of my thumb lays snug against my jawbone.

Work with what you've got.

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when i started it was index finger then after about 5 yrs. i switched to middle finger,now i'm thinking of switching to ring finger.
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I started with middle finger and then switched to index because it was more comfortable for me

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Index for me. I tried to switch to middle but felt too weird after so many years using index anchor.

Ironically, this small change felt too weird but I switched to LH shooting in 1997 after shooting RH for 28 years.

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I use both fingers as well as my thumb. Middle finger in the corner of my mouth, thumb behind my jaw, and index cupping the bottom of my cheekbone.
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