One of the most important aspects of your archery shooting form is at the main point of contact between you and the bow. Properly gripping the bow will help you reduce torque on the bow, which essentially means you won’t pull your arrow one way or the other. Developing the proper grip on your bow will immediately improve your groups on your target and the number of deer you put down this fall.
There are two main points to remember when establishing the correct grip.
- You must place the bow riser in the correct position in your hand.
- Do not grip the riser, rather let it be pushed into your palm as you pull back on your bow string.
But how do you determine this correct grip position? Here is the description given by archery pros at Bowcast.com…
I teach new archery hunters about how to angle your hand for a bow grip by first having them place their left hand (if they are a right hand shooter) in front of their body with their palm out and all digits extended and all digits touching. This should look like you are telling someone to “stop” with your hand. Once you have your hand in the “stop” position in front of you , you will slightly turn hour hand counter clockwise so that your middle finger is pointing at approximately 10 o’clock , and your thumb is extended and pointing to about 1 o’clock. Your hand should look like it is making a “Y” with your thumb extending and making the right part of the “Y” and the rest of your digits aligned making the left part of the “Y”. At this point, notice how the knuckles on your digits are making an angle down and away from you. At this point, curl your fingers down as if you were going to grab a bow riser. Practice this a few times as this is the correct way to grip a bow to eliminate windage and other issues with your shot. We suggest you do not grab the bow, however, still wrap your fingers around the riser in a comfortable and gentle position (i.e. not tight on the grip).
The bow riser should be placed in the center bone of your palm. Once you are comfortable with the angle of your hand, place the bow riser into the center of your palm. There is a hard bone towards the bottom of where your thumb extends away from your palm. This is the area that you
want your hand to make contact with the bow (usually this is the bottom center of your palm). Keeping the bow grip centered on this hard bone will reduce the chance that your bow will cant left or right. Consistency with this grip is extremely important to achieving overall accuracy at longer distances. Practice this several times until you are placing the bow in the exact same right spot in your palm.
For a more visual explanation of the correct way to grip your bow, check out this video.
So now that you know how to properly grip your bow, go outside and practice on your target for awhile. If you can consistently acquire this form, you should dramatically improve your archery accuracy and consistency.