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Old 01-31-2018, 09:29 PM   #1
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I've been thinking bout going to a thumb release. I've read several post on here about them. I've got a question for y'all that use them...

Some models have a rotating head, some have just a hook with no swivel. Is one type better than the other... or they just different?

Is there a concern with torque for the models that don't swivel?

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Old 01-31-2018, 09:37 PM   #2
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Mine does not swivel and I have not had a problem with it. They will eat your d-loop faster then a regular release, but the accuracy and groups you get with them are phenomenal.



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Old 01-31-2018, 09:41 PM   #3
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Yes you will add torque if you don't run a little longer loop. And if you turn your hand upside down which I wouldn't recommend you doing. I like my Scott sigma
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I prefer the ones without a rotating head. But I also don't turn my hand when I draw. My thumb locks against my jaw bone and my index finger runs down my jaw line. I bring my hand to my anchor, and I don't move my head to the bow.

I have seen people shoot very well with their hand turned almost upside down with their thumb pointing at the ground.

You will have to draw your bow with a couple of different ones to see which feels best to you.
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I never went away from one. I have used one my entire bowhunting career. Used a Hotshot string release made in Rockwall Texas up until it broke last year.
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No need for a rotating head.

Also no need to twist your hand to an unnatural position. (I cringe when I see people putting their hand flattened out against their cheek, terribly uncomfortable position)

Find a natural and comfortable hand position for your anchor.

For me, itís the space between my index and middle knuckle at the corner of my jawbone. My earlobe just touches the back of my hand.



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Old 01-31-2018, 10:10 PM   #7
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To each their own. Do what works best for you, not what appeases others.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:48 AM   #8
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To each their own. Do what works best for you, not what appeases others.
Ain't that the truth.

No need to tell me or others how it needs to be done. I turn my hand and use a D loop and a rotating head and have for years and have no problems with "unnatural hand position" or shooting accurately. But I have been doing this bowhunting thing only a few decades!
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:53 AM   #9
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I never went away from one. I have used one my entire bowhunting career. Used a Hotshot string release made in Rockwall Texas up until it broke last year.
I think I've got one of these somewhere. It was the first release I ever used of any kind.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:06 AM   #10
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Ain't that the truth.

No need to tell me or others how it needs to be done. I turn my hand and use a D loop and a rotating head and have for years and have no problems with "unnatural hand position" or shooting accurately. But I have been doing this bowhunting thing only a few decades!
Agreed I switched to a thumb release (with rotating head) 2 years ago, and never looked back. It feels as comfortable and natural, as if I've been doing it my whole life.
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Agreed I switched to a thumb release (with rotating head) 2 years ago, and never looked back. It feels as comfortable and natural, as if I've been doing it my whole life.
Which one do you have?

I've been thinking bout the tru ball 3
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I have the Cabelas one by Stan Archery. It has the silver hook, not the two sided clip thingy like the strap to your wrist releases. Way smoother......like my string release.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:39 AM   #13
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Ain't that the truth.

No need to tell me or others how it needs to be done. I turn my hand and use a D loop and a rotating head and have for years and have no problems with "unnatural hand position" or shooting accurately. But I have been doing this bowhunting thing only a few decades!
My dad did the same thing. I have his rotating head release......never liked it. I don't rotate my hand.
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Which one do you have?

I've been thinking bout the tru ball 3
I shoot the Max hunter 3 and love it.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:53 AM   #15
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Which one do you have?

I've been thinking bout the tru ball 3
TRUFIRE 4 Finger EDGE

http://www.trufire.com/edge-4-finger-camo/

Excellent customer service, too! I dropped mine on a tile floor (100% my fault) and it broke. I contacted them about buying a replacement part, and they sent me a brand new release, for free.
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My dad did the same thing. I have his rotating head release......never liked it. I don't rotate my hand.
Like you said above, it is all personal preference. I like the rotating head because how I anchor I like to put my index finger under the side of my jaw and the second finger just right above it. That way my the 2 main knuckles of my hand rest solidly against my jaw. This means the back of my hand sits against the side of my face along the bottom of my jaw, so my rotation is a bunch, but it is comfortable to me.
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:17 PM   #17
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Not sure if I will rotate my hand or not. gotta try a few.

thanx for the good info folks.
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:49 PM   #18
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This is how your form should look, not sure what people mean by saying itís uncomfortable, very comfortable position for me.


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Old 02-01-2018, 02:56 PM   #19
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There is no concern with torque if the D-Loop is tied correctly and long enough with a solid head. MOST of the top shooters use a solid head design.

A rotating head will help if you have an injury that keeps you from holding your hand in a way that helps keep a consistent anchor. Any number of things can cause this, from tendonitis to past broken bones.

The problem I see with rotating head releases the most is that the head is usually longer, which means you will need to shorten the D-Loop, which can cause interference with the nock of the arrow. Which means the shooter will need to shorten the draw length of the bow, then make the loop longer. It can be done but is usually more work than it's worth.

Most people will shoot a release hand at 45į as shooting a parallel hand will put the string too far away from their face; of course, everyone has a little different face geometry, but this is true for most shooters.

Unfortunately you will need to shoot each style and see what you like best.

Also, here's a pretty good article on the release:
http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=...he-release-aid
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