Why The Bow String Hits Your Arm

Bow strings traveling at high speeds can leave a nasty mark if they hit your forearm.

Bow strings traveling at high speeds can leave a nasty mark if they hit your forearm. This is typically caused by improperly gripping the bow or a bow whose draw length is too long for the shooter.

A common problem that beginning archers run into is the bow string slapping their forearm when they shoot.  Many novice archers have left the range with bruises and welts thanks to these common causes.  Here’s what they are and how you can easily prevent them.

1.) Too much hand in the grip. This is caused by placing the bow grip on the other side of the lifeline of your hand or squeezing the riser like you were shaking someone’s hand. Either one will cause your arm to be pulled into the string. The bow needs to rest on the thenar eminence, also called the pad of your thumb, which is the area to the left of the lifeline. Learn proper bow grip.

2.) Draw length is too long. This causes your shoulder to over-rotate and this leads to your forearm moving towards the string. Leaning back while at full draw is a sign that your draw length is too long. Shorten up your draw length and keep an upright posture. How to determine proper draw length.

3.) Using a closed stance. With a closed stance your forearm is placed closer to the string. Try opening up your stance to get the string further away from your forearm while at full draw.

4.) Improper elbow rotation. If your elbow isn’t rotated correctly, it will cause your forearm to be in the way of the string. Utilizing proper knuckle rotation to at least 45 degrees will allow your elbow to rotate outward very slightly.

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