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Offline hoytman62

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Sight pin floating
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:43:47 PM »
Seems like when I am aiming at the target, I have a hard time keeping my sight pin on the target (bulls eye).  Seems like it floats all over and I can't  keep it still.  Any suggestions on the right way to aim and if you do have float when you aim? The right procedure?

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Re: Sight pin floating
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2014, 07:17:41 AM »
Practice practice practice....

Could be many things.  I'll cover a few things as I don't know your skill level etc.

Are you shooting too much bow or have you not shot enough recently to be comfortable with the weight?

Are you using your dominant eye?

Are you focusing on the pin or the target?  I try to focus on the target and just let the sight fall into place in my field of view.  If I try to focus to much on the pin I'm all over the place.

Could also be a sign of target panic, something I used to get a lot shooting spots.    Do you tend to try and snap the shot as soon as it does fall into place or can you hold it? I used spend time just drawing and holding the bow on target without releasing the arrow.  Starting at closer distances and working out. Once you lose the urge to release it quickly it becomes easier to hold on target.  You want the shot to become natural and almost as a surprise.

Sometimes something as simple as changing to a slightly different style sight can be enough to resolve the issue.

It's not uncommon to have some float, it all depends on how much we are talking about.   
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Re: Sight pin floating
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2014, 07:49:26 AM »
I can't really relate for I shoot instinctive...no sight pins...But, that said, Are you locking your shoulder when drawing back? Is your bow arm strong enough? When I work weights I concentrate on building up the strength in that shoulder and arm...it makes a big difference...because I am always doing something to injure my shoulders joints and what not...I bought a "Steady Eddie Rest" that supports my bow holding arm when needed...makes my shooting rock solid.

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Re: Sight pin floating
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2014, 09:23:58 AM »
that issue is usually related to bow arm strength. Try this exercise as it really helped me. While doing something easy, like watching TV, get a canned food item (that has a little weight) and hold it in your bow hand at raised bow position. Hold it as long as you can then let it down. Rest a minute and repeat. If you build up the muscles in that bow arm (and shoulder) it will help you steady that pin. You will be surprised how heavy that can or corn will get. LOL
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Re: Sight pin floating
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2014, 09:42:04 AM »
One other thing is totally relax you shooting hand ( the one that is holding the bow and let your bow naturally fit into your hand .  @--0--0101
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Re: Sight pin floating
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2014, 10:40:58 AM »
That is also very important. Keeping an open hand on the bow grip will be a lot steadier than gripping the grip tightly.
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Re: Sight pin floating
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2014, 01:12:03 PM »
My archery mentor described it as "floating the bow"...which is letting it just hang in the crutch of your thumb and pointing finger...a wrist strap will make you a tad more comfortable doing that...it's just letting the force of you drawing back your bow string holding the bow in the proper position, in your opposite hand, I actually open my hand so those 4 fingers are pointed at my target.

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Re: Sight pin floating
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2014, 08:37:30 PM »
I've heard some real good shots say this is normal. as you squeeze the trigger, your instinct will take over and release when you are over the bull. just make sure not to jerk the trigger or this system will not work


I'm guessing it could be a strength issue. maybe try decreasing the weight

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Re: Sight pin floating
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2014, 11:02:12 AM »
that issue is usually related to bow arm strength. Try this exercise as it really helped me. While doing something easy, like watching TV, get a canned food item (that has a little weight) and hold it in your bow hand at raised bow position. Hold it as long as you can then let it down. Rest a minute and repeat. If you build up the muscles in that bow arm (and shoulder) it will help you steady that pin. You will be surprised how heavy that can or corn will get. LOL

Like HM said it is related to straight.  Arm and back strength.  Another thing to practice is timing.  No matter how strong you are your pins will still float around the bulls eye.  Therefore its all about timing of your release.  You can pratice this with gun or bow.  I have seen this illustrated with Olympic shooters.  However they time their shots in between heart beats. 

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Re: Sight pin floating
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2014, 11:05:10 AM »
the arm holding the bow need to get stronger
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