So I've been noticing that if I approach anchor just slightly to the outside of my face I have introduced many errors. I can't get a really solid feel, I have trouble continuing the back tension, and my left/rights are much worse. I used to consider finger to corner of mouth my anchor so this is a remnant from that. Now my anchor is thumb knuckle in the divot behind my jaw bone. If I successfully come from directly underneath to anchor everything improves. I'm guessing that it's that my alignment is better from the get go by doing it this way, and that I find a more consistent anchor. I can still hear your voice saying "Come straight back to anchor". I don't believe I've heard anyone talk about this subject other than that.
Yes, draw to a location just under your final facial references (like an inch or so) then just lift to facial references. Where you touch on your face is NOT your anchor!! The anchor is when your bones line up THEN you lift to position the hand on the face. AGAIN! Your hand position on your face is a RESULT of getting alignment, NOT!!! a target for drawing. And actually the quote you list is "come straight IN to anchor" NOT "back."
Arne USA Archery Level 4 NTS Coach Specializing in Traditional shooting
Sigh....by happenstance I believe I'm doing the right thing when I come in from underneath. I DO think thumb joint to divot on jaw when drawing; but I come in underneath and the lift to that spot. Somehow having a destination in mind is helping me get there. Are you saying you should feel "inside the bow" already at anchor? I don't really quite feel that way until I transfer. Any hoo, shooting my personal best doing what I'm doing. Ping pong balls are fearing for their life! Many thanks.