Preparing for Barebow Competition

By Mark V. Lonsdale

With all the cancelled competitions and limited activities brought on by the COVID pandemic, at least we have time to practice and get our gear tuned up for the 2021 season.

I’m currently breaking in a new rig including a Hoyt Xceed with Velos limbs and Easton tapered RX7-23 shafts. This is also my first experience with 3-under shooting.

Hoyt Xceed riser with Hoyt Velos limbs.
Running the Beiter plunger and Zniper arrow rest
Establishing crawl points at various ranges, beginning at 15 yards, but most of my shooting will be at 20 yards in preparation for the indoor Vegas Shoot.

As with any training program, it is important to begin slowly and gradually increase training time and arrow count to avoid sports injuries. Archery is one of those sports where “too much too soon” can result in painful tendon injuries similar to tennis elbow.

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Running the Yost 3-under Pro Tab

By Mark V. Lonsdale

After decades of split-finger barebow instinctive and gap shooting with Black Widows, I’m now entering the arena of barebow competition with a Hoyt Xceed with Velos limbs. This is also my first experience with 3-under shooting.

The advantage of 3-under shooting is that the graduated tab can be used like an adjustable rear sight on a rifle or pistol. By string walking or “crawling” up and down the string the archer can establish a different hold point for each distance, while also aiding aiming by bringing the arrow higher and closer to eye level.

3-under shooting brings the arrow up to eye-level for better barebow shooting
Yost 3-under tab with engraved graduations
Trimming the tab to fit
Establishing the crawl point for a specific distance (Fig 1)
Using the thumb as a reference – slide the tab down to that point
Ready to draw and shoot from this crawl point

If the 3-under tab contributes to the “rear sight” then the arrow tip is the front sight. The arrow point can be held on the intended target of on the 6 o’clock position.

Arrow point holding 6 o’clock on the gold.
Establishing crawl points with the Hoyt Xceed and Easton RX7-23s, holding the arrow point at 6 o’clock on the gold. Grouping is consistent and elevation is good. The left an right can be corrected with the string blur or fine tuned with the plunger spring tension.

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