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Old 04-19-2017, 07:13 PM
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I just wanted to bring this topic up because it seems I/We/Us often hear or read the term..."Bow Arm Freeze"...where many of us have experienced it as well as associate it to be?....

"The Precursor To Target Panic"

And as I established and acquired one of the most defined sight pictures I've seen from behind the sightless window of my recurve bow and began to exploit it to the extreme...(as I ventured even deeper into string walking with a high anchor)...I was having a grand time for myself until "it" happened...

"Bow Arm Freeze"

where my arrows point was a good foot under my spot and it seemed my bow arm was locked up solid where my heart began fluttering and my mind racing with the fear that my worst nightmare was about to re-occur...TP!...and for the 2nd time in one lifetime.


and that's when I had a shimmering moment of enlightenment as I thought?..

"Wait just a minute here!...cause this is stupid!"

and what I figured for being "stupid" was simply this...

I'm not supposed to be moving my freaking bow arm!

Where a slight bend at the waist raised my next shot right on target with relaxed authority!

And "Bow Arm Freeze"...now accompanies the boogeyman in the dark recesses of my mind...IOW's?..."Non-Existent"

Just figured I'd share that...might help someone else.
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:26 PM
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Jinks glad you temporarily fixed it, but the cure is much simpler. Look where you want the point to be, not the point itself. Its so cool, it just raises up on its own when your relaxed. I fought that for years with the compound, including jerking up toward target. Had times I tried to come down on target and as soon as it got close my arm would drop 6" and be locked. Remember your subconscious does the aiming and if your looking at the pin, or in our case the arrow point, that's where it will stay.
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Default Re: Bow Arm Freeze

The problem is when you can't move your body either.

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Default Re: Bow Arm Freeze

I've heard it referred to as target shyness, but I believe it's the same thing. I have been afflicted with this annoying problem for years. Focusing on the arrow point, rather than looking at the target seems to help. I find the best thing to do, when I'm totally frozen is to simply let down, as it doesn't seem to happen on each and every draw. A series of coming to full draw on the target and then letting down, without shooting can be very beneficial, but it's only a temporary fix. I truly wish I knew the permanent solution to this problem, if indeed there is one.
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Once you start drawing you have a small window of time to get off a good shot. Three to 5 seconds, maybe 8. Doesn't it make sense to start drawing when the bow is pointed as close to the target as possible? I don't believe the 'rotational draw' is good for hunting, your joints or the above mentioned affliction.

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I guess the point I'm trying to make here is this...

By thinking of it as "Bow Arm Freeze" do not some attempt to overcome it by moving their bow arm rather than their form in an upper body way?

Because doesn't moving the bow arm disrupt hence compromise form?
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Once you start drawing you have a small window of time to get off a good shot. Three to 5 seconds, maybe 8. Doesn't it make sense to start drawing when the bow is pointed as close to the target as possible? I don't believe the 'rotational draw' is good for hunting, your joints or the above mentioned affliction.

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Good thoughts Bow but I personally need to NOT focus on aiming until the acts of drawing and anchoring are completed....and then I may begin the aiming process...and then concentrate on executing a smooth clean release but pre-aiming?....would be like putting the cart before the horse...for me.
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Target panic is a bitch. I hope you get over it.
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Default Re: Bow Arm Freeze

don't focus on the point like said here before. then pull to full draw aim and don't shoot hold for 10 seconds then let down. next shot do the same aim a little longer than you want and let go. do this for 20 to 30 shots. when you are aiming and not shooting don't cheat and shoot. all you are doing is proving to yourself is you can aim or raise your arm to where it needs to be. You need to retrain your brain its okay to be in control. bending at the waist is just fooling you mind and it will eventually come back and bite you in the butt.
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don't focus on the point like said here before. then pull to full draw aim and don't shoot hold for 10 seconds then let down. next shot do the same aim a little longer than you want and let go. do this for 20 to 30 shots. when you are aiming and not shooting don't cheat and shoot. all you are doing is proving to yourself is you can aim or raise your arm to where it needs to be. You need to retrain your brain its okay to be in control. bending at the waist is just fooling you mind and it will eventually come back and bite you in the butt.
I like this Gary. Its exactly what I do when I feel like I am doing some drive by shooting. It really puts you back in control. Holds are now a regular part of my practice.
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Default Re: Bow Arm Freeze

Thought that you had TP whipped Bill. What happened? Did the blue face target create its return. Something else to worry about, More blank bale work ahead
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Default Re: Bow Arm Freeze

I think it's time to buy another bow. That cures everything at least for a couple weeks.
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