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How To DRAW A BOW | Save your shoulders!

May 29, 2021
hi everyone thanks for coming out here today i would like to talk about a proper way or some proper ways to

draw

your

boat to ensure you are comfortable, consistent and enjoy the sport as much as possible now we're not going to dive into the position of how

your

feet and hips are today. I just want to talk about the actual physical action of

draw

ing the boat now. the same applies whether you're shooting a thumb button or a wrist strap release type so first things first let's get rid of the human anatomy aspect by remembering we're working with muscle groups here we're not specifically trying to retrieve it with a muscle we are trying to use many to retrieve the bow efficiently and without possible injury which of course first means you need to be shooting a weight that is respectable for you and if that means you are starting at 3040 lbs so don't worry about throwing 50 60 70 80 lbs early on build your body remember you are working out and particularly if you are new to the sport remember these muscles here. that are on your back unless you exercise a lot even if you exercise a lot they are very specific this is something unique that you are doing it may look a lot like an upright row that you know when you are leaning over the table and you are lifting a dumbbell but remember that this it's an asymmetric action here you're not activating this on the left side if you're a right handed archer the opposite would be true for a left handed archer you're not activating this left side nearly as much as it's activating the right and of course this is a unique problem that you are experimenting with your elbow you are not used to pulling a heavy weight across your body using these back muscles so start with a lower weight is needed then build up from there for example i am shooting 60 pounds here and I've been shooting for 16 almost 17 years and 60 pounds on a 30 and a half inch draw is super comfortable for me so I'll start by putting on my p osition here and I'm going to draw the arc the right way and then draw it the wrong way and you can easily tell the difference so let me try to draw it the wrong way which I know will be awkward and very unnatural for me in particular oh yeah that doesn't feel right at all so let's talk about the two differences here and why one is definitely worse than the other so one of the first mistakes I see with people drawing their bows they think they have to bring the bow closer to his body, which is not a natural thing, you're trying to get past your body, which means you want your elbow to be further away from your body, a little higher than your shoulder and you want to draw this on your face you don't want to draw it on your body remember if you do this move even without the bow being drawn you can feel all the muscles in your shoulder and your back bunch up your arm doesn't have much range of motion like this you can go back there but ro is not that great though you raise your elbow and you have all this range of motion and that's exactly what you want so if I mis-draw the arc and try to draw my body against my chest it's very tight and i am also now stuck in my chest and now i have to work my body to get it the rest of the way.
how to draw a bow save your shoulders
I don't want my real body to become a physical obstacle to my drawing cycle. I want to be drawing past my body second when I actually get into my body like this I'm no longer activating my shoulder muscles here in the back when I lose that range of motion My shoulder muscles eventually lock up and can't move anymore whereas if my elbow is up and it will pull until I can continue to use my back muscles which are much stronger than this movement equipment here I just use this muscle here outside of my shoulder these back muscles are much more strong and I can draw the arc much easier so let's draw the arc properly again so you notice my elbow is not going to be clean here. you know you'll see some target guys start up here and they'll raise their elbow and there's nothing wrong with that, although for a hunting situation you want to try to eliminate as much movement as possible and I like to shoot longer axial to the axial bows , even when in a saddle or up a tree, so I like to try to keep the arc as parallel to the ground as possible.
how to draw a bow save your shoulders

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I'll keep my elbow higher to allow that freer range of motion so my hand for my bow my hand is at eyeball level my elbows are clearly above my head and I can just draw the bow back and take the shot now executing a shot misdrawing the arc or inefficiently it actually causes a lot of extra movement let me show you if i pull from my chest here now the arc is clear here it's out of the way now i have to bring it up and then anchor it is not very natural i prefer to start with my release hand much closer to my face this also allows me to hold the event because we've all been there for all the bow phonemes we've all been there where we backed off and added ear plugs we're up in the tree 15 20 feet and the deer sees us move if I backtrack correctly and let's say I'm stuck here and the deer has got me.
how to draw a bow save your shoulders
I can hold this for a long time even with a lower arch because now I have all my muscles activated in my shoulder and they can hold this for a long time if I'm stuck with my arch over my chest like that and immobilized like that. I'll get tired much faster. so let's see that in action with the poor draw I go back and draw on my chest now I'm stuck here and my bow arm is locked which means I can't move it very easily. My shoulder is completely locked. I feel very uncomfortable here. I can feel all the tension in my shoulder muscle. me, which I definitely don't want him to do, so I've only pulled the bow back maybe a half dozen times in that poor shape.
how to draw a bow save your shoulders
I can already feel all the tension and all the pain here, towards my rotator cuff, right here. the outside of my arm I definitely don't want that I've been shooting a bow for 16 almost 17 years I never experienced that pain again I can shoot hundreds of arrows in a day and never feel that kind of fatigue and that kind of strength in the muscles and the hamstrings if I lift straight up and you'll see how much easier it is I mean I can pull 60lbs much smoother and much more efficient but keeping my elbow a little higher and able to pull my shoulder back and continue with the shot, so what are some exercises you can do? do it if you find yourself experiencing that shoulder pain and it's not from drawing a higher weight, it's not from having a draw link that's too long because again if your drawings are too long now you're going to have to overextend yourself and In particular if you're drawing on your chest you'll never actually get to fully draw you'll have to lean back and pull it across your chest which is something you don't want so what are some exercises What you can do if your bow is set correctly to the proper draw length and proper weight, but you still have that shoulder pain from dropping your elbow. shirt in my armpit if I feel like I'm touching that tennis ball which is duct tape in my armpit I know I'm dropping my arm and it's causing that rub if I keep my elbow raised at least above shoulder height I don't make that contact and I know I'm executing a clean release and a clean draw, some other strength navigation exercises, you can do an upright row leaning over the weight bench, but have that dumbbell lifted with your elbow closer to your head than back here, you don't want to be doing an upright row back here that's not going to build that strength having your elbow up will feel a little weird it won't look good i recommend doing it at home because if you do it at the gym you'll look a little different than everyone else but i help build that strength in the shoulder here behind the shoulder blades take a lot of the stress off your arm in particular and a lot of the shoulder and you won't experience that discomfort and that pain so that's all for this video if you have any questions about how to draw a bow.
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