During the transfer should the string hand elbow move backwards level to the floor, or with a slight roll up around and back, or something entirely different? It seems easier and stronger for me to elevate the elbow very slightly during the movement but wind up in the same position.
Transfer is the change of holding weight front front to back. VERY little if any actual movement is involved. If I had to say, then it is parallel to the floor but ideally transfer cannot be seen by an observer but can be FELT by the shooter.
String elbow position should be set while setting anchor with the lift of the string hand to the face. In that motion, the elbow hits it's final position until release happens.
Arne USA Archery Level 4 NTS Coach Specializing in Traditional shooting
Thanks sir. Obviously I need to get my elbow back a little more if I feel I can move it going into transfer. Hitching that to the hand rising to anchor comes really naturally. An hour with the target bow has shown improvement already. What a great resource you are!!
A visualization I'm using now for transfer and expansion is to think about trying to push your string side scapula into your opposite back pocket. Maybe it's actually a little higher than your pocket but the pocket picture works for me. Hope that's not bad advice but something to help others get the tension feeling going correctly. Then I finish by imagining pulling the bullseye (in my case always a ping pong ball) off the target with that tension and putting it in my pocket. That allows me to have heightened alignment "awareness" of the target right to the end but have the operative muscle/movement thought be exclusively on the back.
That's really good to hear Arne. The big hurdle for me was to find a way to keep some attention on the aim/alignment but still keep the vast majority of the attention on continuing the back movement/tension. I was close to this once before but now it's clicking with this imagination game I'm playing.