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Old 04-28-2019, 10:00 PM   #1
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Do you use a wrist release or thumb release? And why? Is the switch hard?
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:04 PM   #2
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Wrist. Honestly never tried a thumb release. I like my wrist release because I can put it on and my hands are still free (for TBH and beer). I donít have to search for it when itís go time.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:04 PM   #3
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I have used a wrist release for a zillion years... I tried to use a thumb release last year...but just could not get comfortable. Went back to wrist.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:10 PM   #4
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Have used a wrist release for a couple years. Last week I bought a Carter Chocolate Lite thumb release. I have been practicing with it and my groups are actually getting better than i had with wrist release. The transition is taking time, if you decide to try switching, do it sooner than later so you can practice before the season starts.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:10 PM   #5
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The very best shooters I know use a thumb release. I tried one was was very impressed. It does take some getting used to but I shoot better with a thumb release.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:33 PM   #6
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Wrist, but to be honest, the only thumb release I ever tried was over 25 years ago.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:36 PM   #7
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I switched to a TRU ball thumb release 2 years ago and don't see myself using a wrist style again. I would get one a try it. The switch only took a couple days to get used to and improved accuracy after I got comfortable with it.
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:09 PM   #8
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Shot a wrist release for 30 some years. Got a hair to try a thumb release and it was the best thing I’ve done archery wise, ever. It seemed natural to me after just a couple shots to get used to the trigger. But the differance In triggers between a wrist and a Stan thumb release is like day and night. They are better then really nice rifle triggers if you ask me. Although , Stan has a new wrist release coming out called the extinction, and if it has the same trigger as their thumb releases, all other wrist releases will be obsolete!
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:39 PM   #9
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Out of those 2... thumb, the nock 2 it is the best I tried. But I shoot a hinge
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:59 PM   #10
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So which is the best thumb release? Stan? Is there only 1 model?
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:10 AM   #11
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So which is the best thumb release? Stan? Is there only 1 model?
Best is whatever feels best to you, kinda like a bow. Carter and Stan both make good releases, look into the nock on nock 2 it as well
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Old 04-29-2019, 03:11 AM   #12
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I used a wrist(Scott release) for hunting and a Stansloski Mirage 2000 back tension release for 3D tourneys. Just this year I elected to give a Carter Chocolate Lite a try and I haven’t looked back. I’ll never give up my Stan back tension release, but this Carter release is my do all release now. It’s been the best hundred bucks I’ve ever spent.
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Old 04-29-2019, 07:27 AM   #13
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Iím using a Carter Like Mike wrist release this year for 3D because of tendinitis in my elbow.

I havenít yet decided if Iíll go back to my Target 4 this hunting season because I prefer not having anything on my wrist to make noise.

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Old 04-29-2019, 07:35 AM   #14
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i just switched over literally yesterday afternoon to a trufire synapse... that wrist strap wont be leaving my case any time soon... groupings were almost immediately tighter
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Old 04-29-2019, 07:47 AM   #15
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I bought a Carter Target 4 in the classifieds a few months ago. I am really liking it so far, and I shoot good with it. The only thing I don't particularly like about it is that it seems loud. I am not sure if it is a big enough difference to matter when shooting at animals yet.
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Old 04-29-2019, 07:51 AM   #16
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Shot a wrist release for 30 some years. Got a hair to try a thumb release and it was the best thing Iíve done archery wise, ever.
Same here. I went with a Carter Chocolate Lite 4 finger thumb release and my groups shrank immediately. It also seem to make pulling the string back much easier.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:30 AM   #17
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When you switch to a thumb release do you have to resight in your pins?
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Old 09-08-2019, 12:56 PM   #18
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I switched to Synapse this year. Completely different and a bit of a learning curve. I think Iíll need to adjust my pins. I havenít shot in several months but just shot several with my Synapse. There are some pros and cons Iíve noticed.

Pros: Natural feeling, better grouping, lighter tension,

Cons: No wrist strap. Iím afraid Iíll lose it or drop it in the stand. Not sure how my gloves will affect squeezing the thumb trigger. Iíll keep my wrist strap handy in my hunting bag just for a safe back up.

Note & edit: I noticed my anchor point did change. Not sure why my pins are off but Iíll work on it. It may not even be release related.


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Old 09-08-2019, 01:12 PM   #19
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Was Wrist for 25+ years and then tried Thumb a few years back and love it. Tightened groups and just feels comfortable.
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:18 PM   #20
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I started with wrist.
Tried a thumb and a back tension @ the bow shop for a few shots. I was afraid of loosing and it felt different, as it should. So I stuck with my wrist.

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Old 09-08-2019, 02:30 PM   #21
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I use a thumb. Stan SX is what it is.
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:31 PM   #22
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I have a wrist mounted thumb release, seriously!
It's a TrueBall Thumb-release with a wrist strap. Trueball makes the wrist strap.


I switch back and forth during practice with the T-relase and a trigger release. Makes me focus more on the mechanics and shot placement. Dose me anyways.
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:41 PM   #23
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Carter thumb release for the last 14 years.
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:48 PM   #24
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Switched to a thumb a couple of years ago. Feels like I shoot it better, and I love being able to clip it on the D loop in the tree stand and dont have to worry about having a wrist strap on and banging around as I adjust my camera or grab binos etc.
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Old 09-08-2019, 03:57 PM   #25
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I have a wrist mounted thumb release, seriously!
It's a TrueBall Thumb-release with a wrist strap. Trueball makes the wrist strap.


I switch back and forth during practice with the T-relase and a trigger release. Makes me focus more on the mechanics and shot placement. Dose me anyways.


Wonder if TruFire makes a wrist strap. I need to look into that.


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Old 09-08-2019, 04:01 PM   #26
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Wrist here. Tried thumbs but just couldn't get used to them and kept going back to the wrist.
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Old 09-08-2019, 04:03 PM   #27
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When you switch to a thumb release do you have to resight in your pins?

Yes,and there is a decent chance that you will want to retune your bow as well. It will almost certainly change your anchor
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:37 PM   #28
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Game changer for my synapse




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Old 09-19-2019, 07:44 PM   #29
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Been using Scott wrist releases for the last 15 years but wouldn't mind trying a thumb release to see if I like it.
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:23 AM   #30
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I have a wrist mounted thumb release, seriously!
It's a TrueBall Thumb-release with a wrist strap. Trueball makes the wrist strap.


I switch back and forth during practice with the T-relase and a trigger release. Makes me focus more on the mechanics and shot placement. Dose me anyways.
This. The best of both worlds!
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:31 AM   #31
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I use a Carter Simple 1 thumb release. I just bought a Carter Too Simple today. I have a piece of D-loop cord as a wrist strap attached to it so if I drop it, it does not go anywhere!

Itís all personal preference, and I prefer a thumb release for me!!!!

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Old 09-20-2019, 08:46 AM   #32
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Stan Perfex. The thing is awesome. Very adjustable, I cry a little when I bought it but it was worth it. Once you get in the stand you lock in the string & never worry about it. So thereís no looking for the release or even taking your eye off the target to hook the d loop.


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Old 09-20-2019, 09:18 AM   #33
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I switched to a TRU ball thumb release 2 years ago and don't see myself using a wrist style again. I would get one a try it. The switch only took a couple days to get used to and improved accuracy after I got comfortable with it.
Iím shooting the same release and feel the same way. I shot a wrist release for 22 years and on a whim I switched over to the TRU Ball. It took minimal shooting to get comfortable with it and once I settled in I really canít see me going back. I anchor on the point of my jaw, always have. With a wrist release Iím using my index knuckle to anchor on the point, with the thumb release I anchor with my jaw point in the pocket between my index and middle knuckles. Itís rock solid and doesnít move.

The only real con that I have found is I had to change a habit that I have carried my entire bow hunting career. I would ALWAYS keep my release strapped to my bow so I never lost it. It would stay there until I got in the stand and put it on my wrist. before I got down Iíd put it back on the bow. With the thumb release this is somewhat dangerous territory. it hasnít happened yet, but I know Iím going to lose it/ forget it somewhere. i keep a spare wrist release in my pack.
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Old 09-20-2019, 10:01 AM   #34
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I have a wrist mounted thumb release, seriously!
It's a TrueBall Thumb-release with a wrist strap. Trueball makes the wrist strap.


I switch back and forth during practice with the T-relase and a trigger release. Makes me focus more on the mechanics and shot placement. Dose me anyways.
Not having it attached to my wrist is one of the reasons I like the thumb releases. While stalking you may have to crawl, reposition several times and the hassle with the wrist is you have to clip on clip off every time so you can move or to re range your target. With the wrist release all ready clipped on and no wrist strap itís far far more convenient, and less movement and noise.
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Old 09-20-2019, 10:12 AM   #35
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Was using a wrist . Changed to a thumb release last season I shoot a lot better with it then I did my wrist.
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Old 09-20-2019, 11:00 AM   #36
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I switched to a TRU ball thumb release 2 years ago and don't see myself using a wrist style again. I would get one a try it. The switch only took a couple days to get used to and improved accuracy after I got comfortable with it.
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Old 09-20-2019, 11:40 AM   #37
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Thumb, practice a little with a hinge if target panic starts creeping back in.

I just carry it in my pocket and clip it on the string when I get in the stand.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:09 PM   #38
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I use a Free Flight. Most of the pressure is put across the palm and has less stress on my wrist.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:22 PM   #39
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I was thinking about switching to thumb because i caught myself fiddling with the length adjustment on the wrist just sitting in the stand and through my placement off for the day when i took a shot.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:51 PM   #40
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I use a wrist have thought about changing .... but I'm too old and don't want to change everything.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:56 PM   #41
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I use a wrist have thought about changing .... but I'm too old and don't want to change everything.
I am old also, I switched and the only regret is I didnít do it sooner. Try it, your not getting any younger.
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:03 PM   #42
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Switched this year from a wrist that Id used for 14 yrs to a Carter Wise Choice and love it. Didnt take too long before I was comfortable and shooting better. No regrets and doubt I'd ever change back.

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Old 09-20-2019, 08:42 PM   #43
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Got a carter chocolate addiction if anyone is really interested. For a thumb release it is top notch. Just not for me. Was my backup last year.
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