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.) Grip is too tight – This is caused by holding your bow improperly. You shouldn’t need to hold your bow up, your bow hand is only there for support. If you’re gripping down too tightly with your bow hand, that rotates the bow so that once released, your string ends up closer to your forearm than it should. Most archer’s shoot with an open grip, that reduces torque and allows the bow to be rotated away from your bow arm, lowering the chances of slapping your arm.
2.) Using wrong part of your hand – When holding your bow, the bow grip should be sitting against the pad of your thumb. If your bow sits too deep into your hand, that can cause torque, which will rotate the bowstring towards your forearm.
3.) Draw Length is too long – If your draw length is set too long, that will bring your bow arm in closer to the path of the bowstring, resulting in a better chance of hitting your forearm. Visit your local archery shop and make sure that your draw length is at the proper length.
4.) Improper Stance – Most archery coaches and pro shooters will recommend that you shoot with a slightly open stance. Bringing your lead foot back/out can open up your body a little more, and allow for your bow arm to be slightly distanced form the bowstring’s path.