Suffering for my sport

When I bought my bow, I wasn’t offered an arm guard, even after misfiring it a few times and twanging my arm while trying it on the shop’s range. Obviously those who are more expert than me don’t need them, but with a new bow, a heavier bow, an unusual environment… well, it’s clear I needed one. And at the time, I just sucked it up. A week later and I still know about it though… 

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One thought on “Suffering for my sport

  1. This should be a crime. Longbows and recurves with shorter brace heights have a string that comes much closer to the bow arm than bows with higher brace heights. (The arm comes in at a shallow angle and farther the string is from the grip the farther it is from the arm, too.)

    On top of that, all beginners have somewhat sloppy looses of the string which leads to a wide variation of string paths as to moves in toward a bow. All beginners need to wear an armguard, period. The pain associated with “string slap” on bare skin results in distorted form and less success over time. And it just plain hurts.

    Many elite and expert recurve archers forgo armguards because their form is greatly refined and they no longer hit their arm, but great archery champions have also worn them forever.

    Compound archers generally forgo armguards because in compound form the bow arm is at a much steeper angle to bow and the string much farther way. (Another reason why advice from one style of archery doesn’t necessarily translate to the others.)

    Get ye an armguard post haste, young Toxophilite. In the interim, a sweatshirt or thick jumper can help.

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