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  • Ol Man
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    Bob,
    Thanks for this posting... I can honestly say that you my friend have done an exemplary job on explaining this. Finally I totally understand this gap thing ya'll talk about! Tried it... it works even split finger but, at my age and all the bad habits I have I shoot far better doing it my way! I really can see this helping an awful lot of people. Thanks once again for taking time to do and explain this so well!

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  • BmacBmac1
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    I gave this an initial try this morning.

    It was difficult to concentrate at shooting 3 under, establishing my new anchor, new aiming method and focusing on picking a spot at the same time. I need to work at it in pieces before I determine if it will work for me or not.

    However, my best friend and trad mentor, Ol Man helped me determine that my instinctive shooting that went to crap was in a big part due to my establishing some bad form / release habits. It took us a better part of 3 hrs to get me back to the basics and back on track. I had to slow everything down from picking a spot, drawing, anchoring and following through after the shot. Kind of amazing that doing all the things that are required to become a decent trad shooter will allow you to do just that!

    We also found that my arrow flight was not so good. I had added 100 grain inserts to get my arrow weight up and they became underspined.

    I will still be trying Draco's gap style to see if it can work for me, but not likely till spring.

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  • bbs383ci
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    thanks for posting this im gonna have to try this ive missed two deer this year with the recurve and i think this will work maybe ill be intune with it by next hunting season

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  • rubydog
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    Great stuff here Bob. Despite popular opinion, this is something even I can understand as a visual learner. This is the same basic way that I understood gap shooting to be just illustrated a bit better. I am very anxious to try this when and if my shoulder ever gets healed up and haired over. Thanks for taking the time...

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  • fletcherfor2
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    This is very well done Draco. Martha could understand this.

    Of course she (and I) would also have to attain a better judgment of distance in order for gap shooting to work.

    Then of course we (she) would have to work out yet another gap quessing method to accommodate shooting up and down hill.

    We'll see if gap shooting will help her accuracy. I'm not yet willing to give up on instinctive shooting myself.

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  • axisbuck24
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    Hope you get to feeling better.

    I went back and read Draco's post. First marks are four inches from center.

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  • Deb
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    Not sure, really. It has to be one of two things. Either my shooting stance has changed in some subtle way or I spend to much time hunched over this computer. I'm thinking it's a bit of both. At any rate, I'm not picking up a bow until I see the Doc.

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  • axisbuck24
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    Deb,
    What happen to you?

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  • Deb
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    Thanks for posting, Draco. I'm going to check it out for sure, if it works for me it will put me in the 90% catogory. This is going to help a couple of my students a lot even if it does not work out for me. I can't try it until my shoulders & back heal up. I will let you know how it works out.
    Last edited by Deb; 11-28-2010, 08:12 AM.

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  • axisbuck24
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    Thanks for posting, this trad newbie is gonna give it a try. Sorry maybe I over looked it but how far apart arw the dashes above andx below center?

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  • BmacBmac1
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    Originally posted by Draco View Post
    Billy, I hope you didn't take any thing I said as negative toward you at all. I know that when I met you at Bob's that you were just totally enthralled with sticks and strings. Besides that you are just a good ol' boy and i just wanted you to succeed with the stick bow that I know you love. If this doesn't work then go to the other bow and try it again next year. If you get it down then you won't have a problem sticking a deer, I gaurantee it.
    Its all good Bob!

    Lets hope it works. I will keep you posted!

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  • Tom Kidwell
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    That's got to be the best explanation of gap shooting I've ever seen. Although it doesn't work for me, I can honestly say that I've never given it a fair chance, but as I get older... I'm very tempted. Thanks for posting and giving a very definitive explanation to this style of shooting! Well done indeed!

    Tom

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  • Draco
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    It doesn't change between points because with a high anchor you don't see the point but the end of the round part of the arrow. Hold an arrow up to your cheek bone and look at the end. You'll see what I mean.

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  • TxAg
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    Does this change at all when you're shooting a broadhead vs. a fielt point?

    What I mean is....field points are generally all the same in length and width, while broadhead shapes and sizes vary greatly. My assumption is that to shoot this way, you must practice this method with the same broadhead you plan on hunting with...correct?

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  • Draco
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    If you draw it out on cardboard Deb, like I have then there are no numbers. You will just see it in dashes above and below where you want to hit. Bob Wesley told me once that he could actually put a day glow orange spot on the target, in his mind,where the point should be as he drew his bow. He shot one over with a medium anchor so he was dealing with a lot more vertical distance than you or I and he still won the world long bow a long time ago. I myself really never think in terms of inches of hold over or under. After lots of practice I just hold the point where it needs to go at what ever distance it is and shoot. It's a method worth playing with a little just to see if it helps you.

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