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Old 03-11-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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Okay, I got a tab this past weekend and I am going to attempt to make the switch. In my first couple of practice shots, I felt like the tab brought the string closer to my face.

Looking for advice and feedback as I try to transition. I shoot three under and found a small three under tab.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:10 AM   #2
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The best tip I can give you is to use a deep hook with your fingers.
A deep hook isn't for everyone, but for the vast majority it works best with a tab.

The next best tip is to make sure the tab fits. Lots of folks get them to large for their fingers, and it hampers their release. If it's one you can trim, then don't hesitate to do so if needed.

If I knew what type of tab it is, or could see a picture of it, I might be able to trow some more tips at ya.

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Old 03-11-2014, 09:42 AM   #3
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The best tip I can give you is to use a deep hook with your fingers.
A deep hook isn't for everyone, but for the vast majority it works best with a tab.

The next best tip is to make sure the tab fits. Lots of folks get them to large for their fingers, and it hampers their release. If it's one you can trim, then don't hesitate to do so if needed.

If I knew what type of tab it is, or could see a picture of it, I might be able to trow some more tips at ya.

Rick
I will post pics tonight, thanks
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:15 AM   #4
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The best tip I can give you is to use a deep hook with your fingers.
A deep hook isn't for everyone, but for the vast majority it works best with a tab.

The next best tip is to make sure the tab fits. Lots of folks get them to large for their fingers, and it hampers their release. If it's one you can trim, then don't hesitate to do so if needed.

If I knew what type of tab it is, or could see a picture of it, I might be able to trow some more tips at ya.

Rick
X2! I have to trim all mine. Another thing is have about 3 of the one you end up liking and rotate shooting them so that they all end up broke in because they are easier to lose or misplace than a glove.When you drop a tab on the ground in the woods it looks like a leaf!
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:25 AM   #5
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My releases became much more consistent when I switched to a tab.
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:34 AM   #6
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Ov you get a Saunders Pak-Tab, you don't have to worry about breaking them in. Like Shea said though, always have 2 or 3 if whatever tab (or glove for that matter) you end up deciding on. It sucks when you get to a stand or tournament a long way from home and you realize you don't have it with you!

Also, if you are switching from a glove, you need to give it a fair chance. The feel is completely different and takes getting used to.

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Old 03-11-2014, 12:26 PM   #7
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All I can add is, put a small piece of leather lace loop on the tab. When you take the tab off put it on your bow, once you get into this habit tabs don't get lost

One more thing, if you don't use two string nocks, start. Place the tab at the bottom of your bottom string nock while shooting.
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:28 PM   #8
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It might take you a day or two to get used to it, but I think you'll like better.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:28 PM   #9
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I personally don't think a tab did anything for my shooting but I do like not having to wear a glove.I only like a few tabs I've tried and I've tried a bunch of them.So you may or may not like the one you have but don't give up until you've tried several different ones.
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:40 PM   #10
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In the process of changing to a tab. Having a difficult time getting comfortable with it. Slaps my face. Pain in fingers. Fingers then go numb, tingle, ugh! But I'm going to keep trying. On the 3rd day. Definately can't see an improvement in shooting...yet.
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:49 PM   #11
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In the process of changing to a tab. Having a difficult time getting comfortable with it. Slaps my face. Pain in fingers. Fingers then go numb, tingle, ugh! But I'm going to keep trying. On the 3rd day. Definately can't see an improvement in shooting...yet.
The way you shoot, I'm not sure I would be changing too much of anything!

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Old 03-30-2014, 10:54 PM   #12
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In the process of changing to a tab. Having a difficult time getting comfortable with it. Slaps my face. Pain in fingers. Fingers then go numb, tingle, ugh! But I'm going to keep trying. On the 3rd day. Definately can't see an improvement in shooting...yet.
When I switched to tab it kept slapping my face until I trimmed a bit shorter. Ended up being a lot shorter than I originally though it would have to be.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:46 AM   #13
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once I learned how to shoot w a glove I'm experiencing tighter groups w a tab
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:59 AM   #14
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I tried lots of tabs . Went back to glove and then started cutting some from scrap leather. This is when it worked for me. Trimming the tab thing is probably the answer for sure. It did take a while to get use to it though. That being said I shoot best bare fingers and tend to shoot 3d that way if not shooting more than 40-50 targets a day. Also if not using a Saunders plastic tap in damp weather the release is not as clean. Glove or tab. Arvin
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:06 AM   #15
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The way you shoot, I'm not sure I would be changing too much of anything!

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I agree but I am sure if she continues with the tab she will master that task as well.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:40 PM   #16
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I don't view it as an either-or issue. I switch back to a tab periodically. Seems to help me keep a good clean, surprise release. For me at least I get too used to one or the other, and I can start plucking the string or get a little target panic. Great to be proficient with both, and switch periodically to check your release.

Do like the glove for hunting up here. Have full hand glove with finger patches that is awfully nice for cold mornings and evenings during elk season. Tabs are great for spring and early fall hunting, but not a fan of having to keep my hand in my pocket when it gets a little colder.
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:31 PM   #17
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In the process of changing to a tab. Having a difficult time getting comfortable with it. Slaps my face. Pain in fingers. Fingers then go numb, tingle, ugh! But I'm going to keep trying. On the 3rd day. Definately can't see an improvement in shooting...yet.
This...slaps my face every time. This is why I dont use one. Looks like I've be in a fist fight.
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:12 AM   #18
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The hardest part of learning to shoot with a tab is convincing yourself to trim the darn thing.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:05 PM   #19
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I made the switch the other way but I'm getting tired of my glove. Got a Fred Eichler tab so hopefully I acquire some of those skills. Keep practicing and you'll wonder why switch.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:20 PM   #20
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When I first started shooting trad I tried 3 different gloves (good ones too) and never really fell in love with one. I then decided to switch to a split finger tab. I liked it a LOT better but it did hit the side of my lip. I trimmed it and problem solved! I found the Eagle Flight Archery tab to be the best one for the money in a leather tab and I love the O-ring design for your finger.

Shot it for a while and then Bisch turned me on to the Saunders Pak Tab. Again, it took some trimming but I really liked it. Very customizable, especially if your fingers go numb because you can add layers. You basically can make it as thick or thin as you want it, plus it's waterproof and cheap!

Just recently I switched to gap shooting and 3 under. I ordered the new Pak Tab in 3 Under. It again took some trimming (actually a lot of trimming) and I also cut off the original finger loop and added my own O-ring, so it is not a stock tab anymore, but I am REALLY happy with this one now!

My groups have never been better and the tab is very easy to shoot.

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Old 04-08-2014, 08:56 AM   #21
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I like your finger loop JP. I might have to give one of these a try.

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Old 04-08-2014, 09:07 AM   #22
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Tab is the way to go
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:19 AM   #23
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I like my tab
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:40 AM   #24
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I like your finger loop JP. I might have to give one of these a try.

Matt
Yeah Matt, the best thing about the O-ring system is that you can change them out ( I bought a variety of sizes at Lowes) to the exact size you need. Let's say I was going to wear a medium weight glove while hunting (not a shooting glove, but for warmth), I could swap the O-ring out for a really large one and it would fit over my gloved finger.

It's also really nice to be able to flip the tab around and out of the way when you are not shooting so your hand is free to pull arrows and such. The O-ring is less "floppy" than the stock finger loop that comes on the Pak Tab, that's why I cut it off.

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Old 04-08-2014, 10:34 AM   #25
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I shot 65 points better w a tab at canyon lake this past week end

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Old 04-09-2014, 09:02 PM   #26
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I switched to a tab and have been shooting The Rod Jenkins Signature tab. It took a while to get comfortable but I think I am more consistent.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:55 AM   #27
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I wear a extra large glove, so I tired a large tab. it was ok, but just not right, so I switched back to my glove.
One day my glove decided to hide from me when I got to the range, I looked everywhere, and asked my shooting partner if he had a extra tab.
he said all I have is a med tab, so with some work I got my finger in the tab hole.
What a wild surprise! I could feel my finger tip in the corner of my mouth and it was like shooting with bare fingers without the pain.

So try a tab smaller than you shoot, it'll cover your deep hook but leave the finger tip exposed for a positive anchor point.
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