Is a thumb release same as backtension?

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  • January 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm #497548 Back to Top REPORT

    boilerfarmer12

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    I am considering buying a not too expensive thumb release. I have always shot a wrist release, currently shooting a Scott Silverhorn. I dont want to use a hinge release because I dont like the feeling of not knowing when my shot is going off. So my question is are there thumb releases that will not fire until you hit the thumb trigger?
    January 10, 2013 at 12:02 am #546685 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
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    All of them are that way, just use the thumb instead of the index finger. [-X

    Back tension release is a method of shot execution that does not involve triggering the release with the index finger or the thumb.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRoJdmT8 … qA&index=9

    http://www.bowsite.com/bowsite/features … index.html

    January 10, 2013 at 12:04 am #546686 Back to Top REPORT

    boilerfarmer12

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    All of them are that way, just use the thumb instead of the index finger. [-X

    Back tension release is a method of shot execution that does not involve triggering the release with the index finger or the thumb.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRoJdmT8 … qA&index=9

    http://www.bowsite.com/bowsite/features … index.html[/quote:2cf5p3d2]

    Yea, I knew that. I have just always read that backtension/hinges are the same thing.

    January 10, 2013 at 12:08 am #546687 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

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    Yea, I knew that. I have just always read that backtension/hinges are the same thing.

    No, they are not.

    “Back Tension” releases have no trigger, thumb or otherwise, and function on the rotational movement of the draw arm created by moving the scapula towards the spine using back muscles, hence called back tension. However, they can be ‘cheated’ by twisting the release hand, called “Twisting the X”.

    Even shooting fingers can be executed using back tension method, which I recommend. I don’t call it a ‘surprise’ release because you must consciously commit to the shot in order to execute. I call it a ‘controlled’ release, whereas you mentally commit but the release fires due to subconscious shot execution developed through training.

    January 10, 2013 at 1:11 am #546688 Back to Top REPORT

    boilerfarmer12

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    will I have to change my draw length of I go to a handheld?
    January 10, 2013 at 2:05 am #546689 Back to Top REPORT

    CHAS

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    Yea, I knew that. I have just always read that backtension/hinges are the same thing.

    No, they are not.

    “Back Tension” releases have no trigger, thumb or otherwise, and function on the rotational movement of the draw arm created by moving the scapula towards the spine using back muscles, hence called back tension. However, they can be ‘cheated’ by twisting the release hand, called “Twisting the X”.

    Even shooting fingers can be executed using back tension method, which I recommend. I don’t call it a ‘surprise’ release because you must consciously commit to the shot in order to execute. I call it a ‘controlled’ release, whereas you mentally commit but the release fires due to subconscious shot execution developed through training.[/quote:91ofo3cw]

    thanks Brian for the great explanation to his question [=}=]

    January 10, 2013 at 2:16 am #546690 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
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    will I have to change my draw length of I go to a handheld?

    Your DL … no. The bow’s DL, Yes and No. Depends. :smt69

    I have no idea how you are setup now, what kind of wrist strap release you are using or how you have it adjusted … Trigger forward, trigger swept back, trigger swept forward, single hook, dual-caliper, etc., or what your D-Loop length is or even if you use one.

    Hand-helds are not adjustable, but you can get them with different throws on jaw length … Example is the Carter Plain 1 compared to the TRU Ball BossX, etc.

    January 10, 2013 at 2:24 am #546691 Back to Top REPORT

    boilerfarmer12

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    Ok thanks for the info. Maybe I will not try one right now. Sounds like it could take some time to try to find the right one or take some money to get my bow adjusted for one. Maybe Ill give one a try in the future.
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