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Old 05-05-2019, 10:20 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I posted this on Tradgang, but I'm putting it here as well to try and get more input. I've been dealing with finger pain when I shoot lately and need some insight.

I shoot with a deep hook, 2 under, I use a grip sear to trigger my shot, and haven't switched tabs or anything, but the pads of my finger tips are suddenly getting chewed up. Anyone got a diagnosis? I don't think I'm collapsing at the shot, as I've filmed myself shooting specifically to look at that. It's like my fingers aren't getting thrown clear by the string when my grip sear pops.

When I just go shoot, it doesn't feel like my release is anticipatory. I am mostly (I do have bad shots, but mostly) focused on my grip sear, not my release. And I shoot very well doing this. It's just that my fingers are slow in getting out of the way. The pain seems to build up over time, and after a round of 3D I realize my fingers hurt like heck, and I don't know when they started stinging.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:30 PM   #2
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http://www.lancasterarchery.com/amer...ing-glove.html

Get a glove like this with thick padding.


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Old 05-06-2019, 08:26 AM   #3
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You’re probably holding a bit longer than you were before and that extra time is making your fingers sore. Try a slight thicker tab or try put band aid on those sore fingers see if they hurt when you shoot to just test it out, before getting a thicker tab.
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:48 AM   #4
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What kind of glove/tab are you using now?
Is the pain at the tips or the pads?
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:42 PM   #5
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I've always shot a tab that I made myself, and just cut more leather to shape when the old one wears out. I have gone through three different thicknesses of tab in the past week without finding a solution there. I have to believe it's something mechanical that I'm doing wrong. The pain/numbness is on the outer edge of the finger pads, radiating around to the tips.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:48 PM   #6
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When you say you're shooting 2 under, does that mean you're shooting split finger?

2 under / 1 over?

Or, shooting just 2 under Apache style?

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Old 05-06-2019, 06:49 PM   #7
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Is your shooting off?

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Old 05-06-2019, 06:55 PM   #8
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Rick, he shoots 2 under, not split.

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Old 05-06-2019, 07:05 PM   #9
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Rick, he shoots 2 under, not split.

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That eliminates arrow pinch soreness.

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Old 05-06-2019, 07:23 PM   #10
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It's 2 under with my middle fingers. The index finger lays along the arrow shaft.

Gary, my shooting has actually been pretty good the past few days, which really is frustrating. I tried a longer tab today, thinking maybe it was just a coverage issue, but that started throwing my arrows all over the target. I trimmed back till arrows were hitting right, and my fingers were feeling it again.
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It's 2 under with my middle fingers. The index finger lays along the arrow shaft.
After your description it prompted my memory of building this tab for you.

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Old 05-06-2019, 07:46 PM   #12
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:01 PM   #13
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Yes, and I really liked the design! I switched away from it because it wasn't thick enough for my heavy bows.

Maybe I just have sensitive fingers...
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:32 PM   #14
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Yes, and I really liked the design! I switched away from it because it wasn't thick enough for my heavy bows.

Maybe I just have sensitive fingers...
If you still have it, put a layer of the fuzzy side of peel & stick velcro between the string face, and the leather backing.

Stick the velcro to the leather backing, then trim it to match the shape.

That will thicken the tab up without making it stiff, and will make a big difference in improved comfort on your fingers.

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Old 05-06-2019, 08:46 PM   #15
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Shooting tonight for the first time in a while my fingers got a bit sore but I can't imagine shooting 2 fingers. 3 is my minimum. lol
I did whack my wrist a few times...a bit bruised.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:49 AM   #16
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What is a grip sear?
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:59 AM   #17
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Shooting tonight for the first time in a while my fingers got a bit sore but I can't imagine shooting 2 fingers. 3 is my minimum. lol
I did whack my wrist a few times...a bit bruised.


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Old 05-07-2019, 10:39 AM   #18
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Try 2 under, 1 over. Or you might be over bowed.
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:46 AM   #19
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I had an 85# Grevy longbow that destroyed my fingers and would leave my back and shoulder so sore, I gave it to my brother who is much smaller than me. He nicknamed it Tembow.
He was a sheet metal worker and a motocross racer and must have muscles I don't have in the back and shoulders because he shot that bow forever.
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:02 PM   #20
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I think I should clarify that I've shot this way for 12-13 years, most of those with a 70 lb longbow, and I've actually dropped to a 63lb recurve. I don't think it's a matter of being overbowed, honestly.

I am beginning to think it's a simple matter of too much shooting at Cowtown Recurve championship. I shot a lot more arrows than normal, and didn't stop shooting when my fingers complained the next day. It seems like an overuse/inflammation problem, so I'm dialing back the volume for a week or two and then I'll ramp back up. I've gone over my tab usage, and couldn't identify anything there. My form doesn't seem to be too wacky, and I'm not identifying anything in particular around my release itself.
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:12 PM   #21
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:18 PM   #22
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Could be. I've done that once or twice myself but I have some liquid pain reliever that numbs me pretty well.

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