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Old 02-16-2017, 03:44 PM
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Default Change of form for longbow

Watching the European 3D champs on Utube last night I was impressed with their longbow shooting. I noted everyone shot with a vertical bow and classic form, probably doing some sort of gapping. I have been shooting canted and have practiced split vision, gapping methods for most of my shooting. I Stringwalk my compound and barebow recurve as well as gap. I decided to try vertical, split finger with my longbow (IFFA rules). I really like it and may compete that way this year at some 3D shoots. My left right accuracy has improved already. Anyone else tried this longbow style?
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I shoot vertical three under with my longbow, though I have also shot split. I try to shoot the same way as my FITA barebow with accommodations for grip. I shoot a combination of gap and pick-a-point since I cannot stringwalk. It works for me but then, my scores are not setting the world on fire. I had not shot my longbow in a couple of years until last November. It was fun getting back to it.
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Default Re: Change of form for longbow

That's how I shoot !
I even lowered my anchor again ... bigger gaps ( I gap at bow past 25) and got my back more engaged ... way fewer left and rights .

A work in progress ...
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Default Re: Change of form for longbow

It is entirely a matter of choice and tuning in my opinion. Most longbow archers who approach it intuitively and by feel soon find themselves canting to some degree. There are two physical reasons when using fairly simple longbow designs: One is to get the upper limb a bit further out of the sight picture. The second is that with a vertical bow grip it feels a bit unnatural to many of us to turn the hand enough for a vertical hold. It feels more natural and stronger to let the bow hand cant a bit toward the thumb side.

More analytical type guys do a lot of thinking and calculating in the vertical and horizontal planes.

It is simple to tune your tackle to shoot down the target either way, if the cant is not too severe.

One reason I prefer a bit of cant, even with a recurve unsighted, is that my point of impact varies from day to day and hour to hour. If I get up at zero dark thirty on Sunday morning and drive two hours to a match I will be stiff and chilly to start out. My draw will be short and my shot weak. That will not fully flex my shafts and they will hit left (and low). So I will cant a bit more to the right. When the sun gets higher and burns off the mist my muscles will get more supple and my impact will move to the right (and higher) so I will cant less.

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Default Re: Change of form for longbow

For Long Bow and Self Bow competition I shoot vertical bow, 3 under, gap method.

Seems to work out OK for me.

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Default Re: Change of form for longbow

To be consistently straight with a vertical bow, I have to ensure that I am expanding at release. I have to make sure that I have a good push/pull.
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Default Re: Change of form for longbow

Recurves I shoot vertical, my longbow I gap. I have to the window is slightly longer than 2 inches. If I don't cant the riser is in the way and I can't see the target on shots between 12-15 and shorter.

I've also notice that back tension is much easier with a lower anchor, as Ben mentioned.

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Default Re: Change of form for longbow

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To be consistently straight with a vertical bow, I have to ensure that I am expanding at release. I have to make sure that I have a good push/pull.
I agree with this ^

I find that with a longbow giving it positive direction is important. Basically just making sure the bow is jumping straight to the target.

Vertical or canted do the same thing everytime and good things happen.
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