I believe you mentioned this somewhere but I can't find it. If I set the barrel during the lowering of the bow arm after the initial raise it gets really difficult with my hunting bow. Even with my training bow (35#) it's a challenge. I don't think my alignment quite gets there. To get my string hand elbow close to 90 degrees at set up I need to pull the bow close to 20". If I understand correctly most of this power should be coming from the torso and back of shoulder. I believe I cheat by starting on the raise of the bow arm and probably get my arm muscles involved too much. I feel this then messes with my front shoulder resulting in a sore day. Do I just need more torso strength?
WOW!! Having a little trouble following this one Mouse. Try this. Lift the bow hand and string hand to get the arrow at eye level, NO DRAW yet. Now, turn your shoulders to point at the target, NO arm movement, only that the arm is attached to the shoulder and will move back with the shoulder turn. Yes, you will get about 12" of draw doing this. Now, your string hand will be near your bow shoulder but out from it by about 6 to 8 inches. That's setting the barrel of the gun. Now, the rest of your draw is bringing your string hand and forearm straight in to your face. Bow side remains static, only the string side moves.
Beyond that I need to see!!
Arne USA Archery Level 4 NTS Coach Specializing in Traditional shooting
Thanks Arne. Watching your videos once again I see that you hardly put any tension on the string until your bow arm has reached it's peak, even with a longbow. I'm starting too early and maybe taking my bow shoulder out of position. Also, lining up the shoulders is requiring the use of different muscles isn't it? I feel it lower on the back; latissimus dorsi perhaps? I know we're to think movement, not muscles, but is that correct? I'm thinking I need to have a "shoulders square" or "rotate" thought to start the draw before I think "LAN 2 back". This might push me further into better alignment. I'm pretty certain there's more to gain because I can feel those muscles working now and didn't before.
I'm sorry Arne. I found the prior posts by you and I keep asking the same thing and make you give the same answer. I DO read them..really! It's just taking some time to really understand and get it coordinated on the shot. I don't think I appreciated just how much aligning the shoulders can help the shot. A period of concentrated effort on my part to that aspect will pay big dividends. I can see it already. I bet an archer can shoot a long time and be pretty good without proper alignment. It's something you get incrementally better at, with effort, over time.