Instructions for compound shooters
(Keep your release – pair with a practice bow)
The Shot Trainer is an indispensable training device that has revolutionized Olympic recurve shooting. Learning how to shoot strong, crisp shots with proper technique and control has never been easier or more comfortable. And with a few simple tricks, compound shooters can step up their game with the same revolutionary device. Cams make using a Shot Trainer with a compound impossible (read warning below), but compound shooters can still learn a lot by using a light practice recurve and their release of choice!
- Purchase an inexpensive practice recurve bow that draws 20-30 pounds (9-13.5 kilograms) at full draw. (Something like this. Or the picture on the right.)
- Tie a string loop as necessary, and use your normal compound release (any kind will do).
- Properly adjust the Shot Trainer for length (see below for more instructions).
- Do all the drills given in the Instruction Manual, just with your release!
WARNING! – DO NOT USE THE SHOT TRAINER WITH A COMPOUND BOW. THE SHOT TRAINER IS FOR RECURVE / LONG BOW USE ONLY. DUE TO THE WORKINGS OF CAMS ON COMPOUND BOWS, ANY USE WHATSOEVER COULD RESULT IN SEVERE BODILY INJURY AND DAMAGE TO YOUR EQUIPMENT.
Use your release just like you normally would. You want this to feel as much like your compound as possible. The Shot Trainer will improve your follow through and alignment and strength during execution.
If you set things up properly, the arrow should just tumble out of the bow. Hold strength in your shoulders through the follow through to avoid collapsing when the release goes off and you follow through on the shot.
Set up a practice recurve for use with a compound release
Shot Trainer User Manual
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