Single Handed Archery

See My Arrow Release     Click here for more details... How am I going to load with one hand?

The picture above shows the device ready to go. The band may be placed nearer the shoulder or the elbow. I find it works best in about the center point between the shoulder and the elbow. More muscle strength is needed as the release is moved near the elbow. The bow pull is, of course, the main factor in the strength needed.

The parents of a child born with one hand should be aware that the arm with one hand missing may grow to be smaller if a definite exercise plan is not adopted. This is not a big deal but it would be nice if both arms were the same size.

The device is stored in the pocket of my jacket. It is out of the way and ready to retrieve. One can climb a tree stand without worrying about the release.

Special note should be made that the release is not strapped on or attached in any way and is easy to put on or remove.

When practicing I place the bow between my legs to load and attach the release. I can also hold the bow with my arm by the string while placing the arrow and release. Of course, a bow caddy would be nice. When hunting from my climbing stands I lay the bow across the stand rail. I use a Tiger Tuff arrow rest. It holds the arrow in place even while one walks through the woods. I find it to be a very nice way of keeping the arrow in place. In target shooting there would be little worry about the arrow falling off the rest and any rest would do.

I am ready to fire. This is a Matthews Q2 with a 28 1/2 inch draw and 62 pounds of pull. I used to pull more but found that it was of no real use. More pull may make things difficult under certain conditions and has no real advantage. A little less pull make for better scores and a more pleasant time.

The release is on my cheek. The bow string touches my nose. I have noted that the champs place the release near the corner of the mouth. The bow length and draw length must affect the exact position as the string angle would be different. I find that things are better when the string touches my nose. The shot here is 30 yards from the target. The arrow angle differs with distance to the target also. Note that both eyes are open. I love this as I watch the flight of the arrow. What a thrill to see it fly to the bullseye! Target shooters may be taught to close one eye. There seems to be a difference of opinion here.

A single handed person may have to shoot using the non dominate eye. I shoot in the left handed mode. I have shot a gun right handed all my life. Please be assured that one can change his or her dominate eye. It takes a stubborn persistance but happens after weeks of practice while feeling arkward.

My two grips are shown here. On the left I have my thumb and index fingers touching so that I can not grip the bow at all. On the right I have the index finger and thumb pointing at the target so that the bow is held up only by the pull of the string. In any case you must not hold the bow with your hand as you will apply torque to the bow handle before it is over. No! No! I have found that if the bow simply falls and is caught by the strap around my hand I have almost always shot a bullseye. It is easy to move before the arrow clears the rest.

Bob Harrell