Monday, March 17, 2014

Frustration at the Range

With some help from the time change, last Friday was the first time Brett and I were able to hit the El Dorado archery range after work. My excitement had been building all week and I couldn't stop talking about it. That was until I shot my first arrow. Then the second. Then the third. We started off at forty yards and every one of my arrows hit 8" low. That screwed with my confidence like you can't believe. Why? I've been shooting the same set up for nearly a year and I have been spot on. Brett and I usually make friendly bets on who is going to get closer to the X. 

I'll be honest, I complain about my shooting when it's bad and I'll bet Brett was sick of hearing me yammer on and on. I was frustrated and I usually talk about it instead of keeping it in. For an hour I checked and rechecked my bow and had to actually roll my HHA sight to 8 yards extra just to hit close to the X. For 30 yards I was shooting 38 yards on the sight. I thought my sight tape moved, so I checked it. Nope, still anchored tight. The sight hadn't changed and it hadn't been mishandled. What was wrong?

I went home very upset and ticked off. I was mad and told my wife I enjoyed getting out to shoot, but not how my setup was performing. Off to the garage I went to look at my bow carefully. After only five minutes I had the answer. Besides Brett, any of you archers have a guess as to what it was? Be specific and state exactly what it might be and what was wrong. You can guess ONE problem, so think carefully before commenting!


Any archers who submit an answer, I'll put together a little sticker/gear package as a thank you. Tell me what bow you shoot, too. I'll give you 48 hours to respond to this post.
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Answer: Some of you were very close. The issue was due to the serving attaching the drop away rest cord to my cable. It had slipped up the cable as it was not tied in properly at the pro shop, thus not allowing the rest to come to it's full potential. As it sat lower on the riser, my arrows dropped.
 
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11 comments:

  1. What I was thinking was your rest or your peep. I shoot a 2013 PSE Hammer.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Nate! I'll give you another crack as I just edited the post. Be as specific as possible as to what you think it was. For example, don't say peep. Say what you think was wrong with the peep. I want new and old archers to actually understand what we are all trying to say.

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    2. Thanks. There are a few common causes for this one being the peep. If the peep is too high then that could cause this issue that you were seeing.

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    3. Excellent guess Nate! Those peep issues do happen from time to time.

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  2. Worn/stretched cable on the rest. The rest wasn't completely dropping out the arrows path and slowing it down.

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    1. Good guess! What's your archery setup Jerud?

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  3. Forgot to add my Bow. Currently shooting Athens Afflixtion, but will be adding an Elite Energy 35 within the next week or 2. (waiting on delivery).

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  4. I didn't see what type of rest you use but on my setups that would be my first guess, as I do not use a drop away. The next spot I would check is if the peep sight had moved down the string. Shooting a Ben Pearson MarXman with Trophy Taker Spring Steel Pro rest, IQ Bowsight.

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    1. Thanks for contributing, Bill. Anything specific on the rest? You were specific on the peep. Good responses coming in.

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  5. Well it depends. If it is a fixed rest It could have either dropped down or it could have rolled forward or backward causing the shaft to drop. From 30 yards just a very incremental drop in the shaft would cause you to shoot WAY low. Now, I have to admit first hand I don't use drop aways so I am much less familiar with them. But, with it being mechanical, if it was seizing or not going up all the way on the draw it would do the same thing...drop the arrow low with it aiming down rather than straight or slightly arched up. Now, the drop away may not fully load if for some reason the string that attaches to the cable had loosened or moved either I would guess. Hope that helps some.

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