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#5824001 - 07/08/15 10:07 PM Tips/helpful hints for shooting a recurve?
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Going on a hunt this fall to McAlester, OK where it is recurve or long bow only. Have about 4 months to practice, and wanted to know if you guys have any tips for a first time recurve shooter. I've shot my compound for several years, however there is a lot of difference between the two. Thanks!

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#5826764 - 07/10/15 07:57 PM Re: Tips/helpful hints for shooting a recurve? [Re: spoon33]
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Practice, practice. Make sure you have great form and follow through. Figure out what works for you and stock with it. Don't buy too heavy a bow to start with, as it can lead to bad form and bad habits.

Mostly, find an arrow that fits your weight/spine needs, and PRACTICE.
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#5827129 - 07/11/15 06:30 AM Re: Tips/helpful hints for shooting a recurve? [Re: Tactical Cowboy]
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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
Practice, practice. Make sure you have great form and follow through. Figure out what works for you and stock with it. Don't buy too heavy a bow to start with, as it can lead to bad form and bad habits.

Mostly, find an arrow that fits your weight/spine needs, and PRACTICE.


Sound advice, too heavy of a bow leads to bad habits like not coming to full draw, floating anchor point... When you start getting tired stop rest some before starting up again. Bad habits are easy to acquire and hard to break.

Start close like 5 yards, get good at hitting a small spot every time at that range then move back to 10 yards when good there move back to 15 yards then 20 and one in 5 yards increments when you are confident at a yardage. Do not forget though to shoot at shorter yardages though while working on the longer ones. Before long it will not matter to you where the target is.

Practice a lot, but practice with purpose. Every shot the same level of concentration. It will get easier but that comes through practice. Good practice is not about shooting lots of arrows but about shooting those arrows with good form developing muscle memory so the good shots become repeatable. If you golf a good analogy would be a novice golfer will go through an extra large bucket of balls before many pros go through a small bucket, why the pro will visualize the shot, commit to it then make the shot and analyze why it was right or wrong before hitting another.
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#5827238 - 07/11/15 08:52 AM Re: Tips/helpful hints for shooting a recurve? [Re: spoon33]
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The very best method to learn for shooting a recurve bow is "instinctive", but 4 months is a pretty short period to master it in. Per the other posts, practice, practice, practice can not be over stated.

If you don't want to shoot instinctive, you must develop enough strength to hold the bow back for sighting. You may want to experiment, but I had a friend that was deadly by sighting down the arrow. He anchored high on his face & looked down the arrow. The point of the arrow relative to the target was his "site". Also, if it is allowed, the first pin sights were developed before compound bows. You can put a simple pin on a recurve & shoot it like a compound. Importantly, keep your shots short & what you are comfortable with.

FWIW...
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#5830154 - 07/13/15 01:05 PM Re: Tips/helpful hints for shooting a recurve? [Re: spoon33]
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The three fingers under the arrow and sighting down the arrow is or was called the Apache Draw. It is very effective for short yardage shots and if the rest of your form is good it will allow you to get reasonably proficient in short period of time. It is not a good method for longer shots but you shouldn't be taking them now anyway. good luck.
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#5831427 - 07/14/15 10:31 AM Re: Tips/helpful hints for shooting a recurve? [Re: spoon33]
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Concentrate on the smallest part of your target. If you think of anything but your target, you will miss. Try a shot concentrating and another shot thinking about pretty girls. You will see what I mean.

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#5832560 - 07/14/15 11:34 PM Re: Tips/helpful hints for shooting a recurve? [Re: 7ARanch]
Tactical Cowboy Offline
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Originally Posted By: 7ARanch
The three fingers under the arrow and sighting down the arrow is or was called the Apache Draw. It is very effective for short yardage shots and if the rest of your form is good it will allow you to get reasonably proficient in short period of time. It is not a good method for longer shots but you shouldn't be taking them now anyway. good luck.


Some of the best shooters I know shoot three under.

Also, skip the "instinctive" shooting. Learn your gaps out to 25 or 30 yards and you should be good. Be VERY consistent with your draw length, anchor point, release, and follow through.
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