It begins.


January 22, 2014, 09:33 PM
I got a new bow. (

So, someone mentioned putting a trap in a corner of the closet while I was buying it, for drawing short taps to build draw strength ?

How does one go about building that ??

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January 23, 2014, 01:03 AM
And arrows, too !

The wife got one as well, happy 5th anniversary :D

I'll let her post that beauty.

January 23, 2014, 01:10 AM
And now, slicktricks are on the way.

Thanks for the recommendations- especially from 41 :D

January 26, 2014, 10:51 PM
That looks like a Samick Sage. Great bow. What is the draw weight?

January 27, 2014, 10:50 AM
It is indeed.

and its a 45, gotta start somewhere !

January 27, 2014, 10:25 PM
45 is a good draw weight and is the same draw as my Sage. It is suitable for hunting and it doesn't stack like a 50 or 55 pound pull. It is great on that bow. Try some Gold Tip Traditional 3555 arrows and you will be surprised how much fun you will have.

January 28, 2014, 12:05 PM
Are you going to mount a sight or shoot instinctively? 45# on a recurve is a good weight IMHO. I have a 50# and it's pretty stout at full draw.

January 28, 2014, 12:31 PM
Yep, I've got a Sage with 50# limbs, and it stacks pretty quickly. I've been meaning to get a new set for some time now.

ole farmerbuck
January 28, 2014, 12:57 PM
Happy Anniversary Blarby (and wife) ;)

January 28, 2014, 07:21 PM
Thankyou !

Anniversaries are great times, for sure.

We ended up getting a standard bag trap and just shoot it across the living-room.
(Its things like this that make me love my wife all the more)

We'll both be shooting instinctively, or "off the shelf".

January 29, 2014, 08:11 AM
You don't even have to build a closet trap. You can buy a simple target bag, or build one if you prefer, and just shoot that.

As far as strength goes, I would take the bow and draw without an arrow nocked, then hold for 10 seconds, as many repetitions as you can for 2 sets with each arm. You do this with each arm so you do away with any muscular disparities in your back and don't cause yourself problems. Work on your draw stroke and form at full draw. Explore what your strength levels are, and make good decisions about how much to do.
It's not super cool like flinging arrows and playing robin hood, but it's a sustainable approach to learning and adaptation. The more bad habits you learn in shooting form, the more you have to unlearn.
The first adaptation you have to any muscular exertion is neural. You're teaching your muscles how to use all of the available fibers they can use for that movement and resistance before you actually start growing more muscle. But you will also, over time, be adapting your connective tissue (tendons, ligaments) and bones like the shoulder joint and scapulae. You can dig up a longbowman and spot him by his shoulders and scapulae because archery produces enough stress to cause these bones to change relative to other weapon or tool usage.
So, it's not just a matter of "working up to it" because establishing the kind of strength you need to shoot a recurve or other trad bow well takes time and discipline, regular practice, and attention to detail of shooting form and draw stroke.

There are a lot of people who will say "ah, it's not a big deal. just start flinging arrows." but those people can't usually shoot a bow accurately and have -0 knowledge about physiology and conditioning.

Trad bows are not for impatient people, though a lot of impatient people buy them and they wind up in closets or garages gathering dust. Exercise patience and institute regular practice that focuses on form. Your body will adapt and you'll actually be able to have better accuracy than a pie plate at 10 yards like most people who have a trad bow and don't do these things.

February 1, 2014, 12:06 AM
Well, my broadheads arrived.

Strength training on drawing continues, and I have my second lesson on wednesday of next week.

My instructor says I have a firm grasp of what my form should be, and now its up to repetition.

Sam Cade
February 1, 2014, 12:59 AM
blarby, do my eyes fail me or are you using a Battlemat as a photographic backdrop?

February 1, 2014, 11:19 AM
You sir, are correct.

It just happens to be on my 8x4 livingroom table atm.

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