Traditional Archery Shooting Tip | A Clean Release, the BEST way to improve accuracy
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Traditional Archery Shooting Tip | A Clean Release, the BEST way to improve accuracy

August 18, 2019

Hi Joe McClane here from
with another Traditional Recurve Archery tip, the release. The release is a critical component to accuracy
and consistency in traditional recurve archery. I’ve seen a lot of guys, you know, doing all
kinds of crazy things with their releases. You know, all this stuff. I think what happens
is you find a lot of inconsistencies in your shot groups and your patterns because, your
throwing that string, your plucking it, and your throwing that arrow flight off. Guys like Jeff Kavanagh, Grizzly Jim at Merlin’s
Archery Adventures, those Youtube channels, I think they have some great advice for us.
Jeff Kavanagh is my personal favorite he’s a Canadian recurve archer, he is a special
fan of Fred Bear Archery in particular. I’ve learned a lot from him as a a growing and
up and coming archer. His video on that clean release has taught me a lot, I link to it
below, you should check it out. You know, it’s important that we find our
anchor point. We grip the string the same way every time. I do one above and two below.
We grip that string and we anchor into our face the same spot every time; right? So once we get an anchor then I get a second
anchor. I have a second anchor point in the back of my head. So when I release I go straight
back and I put my index finger right into that spot. That gives me two anchor points
making it a lot easier to be very consistent, and to start shooting without even thinking
about it… like in muscle memory. So, I really encourage you to practice your
release because a bad release will throw your shots off every time. Where as a good release
can give you great consistency. Now, though… here is the secret sauce; right? If you don’t
do a second anchor, if your not going straight back. Let’s say you go just like that, you
don’t even move your hand, you just sort of move your fingers out of the way. Or, let’s
say you come off like this. As long as you know how that affects the arrow flight and
then you compensate for it… you know it’s no problem. But, you got to know, and you
got to be consistent, that’s the biggest trick of all. Consistency really does pay off the most in
archery, in traditional recurve archery. So, practice that. Get an anchor on your cheek
bone or in the corner of your mouth, get an anchor in the back of your head, and just
bring that hand straight back. And practice that every time. You know, a lot of times
what I will do is when I’m sitting around and I’ve got, whether it’s a piece of furniture,
a stick or something, I’ve even done it with my own two fingers. Just practice that clean
release. That clean release is really going to give you a lot more accuracy, tighter groups,
more consistent shot patterns, more reliable. So, fly your elbow, anchor into your cheek
bone, release straight back and find that second anchor.
And that’s my tip for you today. Traditional Archery Tip, clean, consistent, reliable release…
develop one for yourself and I guarantee you… you’ll see a lot better shot groups, tighter
more consistent, and more accurate. God Bless You, I pray that you are shooting
straight and I hope that you will pray for me that I may shoot straight as well. Do me
a favor and subscribe to the channel, comment, tell me what works for you. I want to know
what kind of release you use, whether you do the same thing I do, or something different,
I would love to know how it’s working. So comment below. Well, God Bless You and I’ll see you next

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  1. I just started archery a week ago, completely new to it and I gotta say I'm loving it. I just stumbled on your vids and you've given real good advice, finding a consistent release when shooting is something I'm going to make sure I get down. Keep the vids comin 🙂

  2. good video ;my release was throwing my shots off ty ; what range do you normally practice at ?; i have started at 15 yards with a 45 pound bear recurve

  3. People always call this a second anchor point but really its just a follow through spot. He doesn't anchor there he follows thru there.  Its important but I see waaaayyyyy to many guys confused about this.

  4. I'm not sure if it's the release or the way I hold the bow or somehting but when I shoot for some reason the arrow doesn't fly it just falls off the bow and sometimes I end up getting string slapped. Can someone give me tips on how I can actuallly shoot the damn bow.

  5. Wow. This is kind of exactly one of the things you don't want to do with your release. You can clearly see in the intro that there's an artificial addition of movement. You might be consistent, but that is the opposite of clean.

  6. Nice video. But I'm against teaching new archers this type of release. They dont full understand back tension so they think as long as they are moving their hand to their shoulder they have a clean release. It's just not true. Watch sôme of the other so called good shooters out there and watch them in slow motion. Their hands fly away from their face the they go behind their heads. So it serves no purpose. I shoot hill style and my hand does not fly away at all. Have to remember the ultimate goal is a clean release. These " secondary" anchor points are not needed. Just my opinion. I do like your videos though. Keep it up

  7. Thank, I enjoy your videos and agree with you about Jeff's Vid's as well, Thanks for taking the time, to do these presentations. Regarding what works for me, I like to see your shot groups, as they inspire me to work harder.

  8. Thanks for the vid. I love Jeff's videos too. Question: By touching, the back of your neck, is that the essence of back tension when you release the arrow? Also, I notice a lot of Olympic archers seem to have their string-side elbow hyper-extended up, like an obtuse angle. I'm learning barebow with an Olympic recurve riser and this is causing my shoulder to hurt. And if I'm not mistaken, you seem to have that look to your shoulder as you complete your shot cycle. I'm not knocking it; just an observation. Your thoughts, please? Thanks.

  9. Thanks for putting together the video. I have to disagree with your "second anchor" concept. A second anchor point is a distractor. Why might I suggest that?

    A clean release is better called a "relax." One cannot release a string fast enough and consistently enough to get the fingers out of the way of the string. As the string comes off the fingers of the draw hand it moves sideways and away from the direction that you want the arrow to go. The arrow flex of the archer's paradox is actually increased at the nock of the arrow is trying to move away from the riser which causes the shaft of the arrow to push more firmly into the riser/button which will result in more shaft flex.

    Learning to put your hold into your back and allow your fingers to relax will result in the draw hand/arm springing back from the forced that had been imparted to the string and results in the hand often moving behind the head. The movement of the hand back is not a controlled movement as it is the result of a rebound to the forces previously applied. Planning on a second anchor now puts extra tension and anticipation back into the draw hand/arm which will influence the release.

    Take a look, for example, at youtube videos of the 2018 Lancaster Barebow classic. You'll see some nice releases. Also a youtube series from "The Push" addresses putting one's back in the draw with the goal of relaxing the draw hand.

    And keep shooting. Archery is such a pleasure and can be a meditative and self-satisfying endeavor.

  10. To the Catholic hack also try Rick Welch, Gray archer,archery 101, Tim holder Joel Turner good luck God bless

  11. I am new to traditional archery and am doing all the research now before the weather gets nice to shoot. I have the same bow as this video but mine is 50# can you give me a little guidance on arrows and how to set my bow up off of what yours likes. I know all are different but I just need a starting point

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