Index finger release or thumb release - which is the best release? There truly is no "right" answer to this question, however that is dependent upon the hunter using them correctly. Christian says he's fairly certain that most hunters that use index finger wrist strap releases don't truly understand how to use them the way they are intended to be. Often with these index finger releases, the only thing that moves on the shooter's body is their finger and that's not how it should work. Instead, shooters should be engaging their back muscles and pulling through the shot to get a surprise release. Christian talks about his experience with target panic and how that led him to go to a hinge/back tension release which taught him what it means to actually pull through the shot to get that "mythical and magical" surprise release. A thumb release can help hunters get away from the very conscious act of using their finger to punch the trigger, an action that in itself can lead to a lot of bad habits. Instead, Christian says the thumb release encourages shooters to go through a routine, engage their muscles and pull through the shot - a process that will help shooters understand how to execute their shots more effectively. At Petersen's Bowhunting Magazine they currently have a multi-part series in process about thumb releases so be sure to check it out!
Be sure to listen in this week as Christian Berg, editor of Petersen's Bowhunting Magazine joins Jim and Trav to talk about improving your shot with a thumb release before this year's hunting seasons get underway. Also, get access to the multi-part thumb release series and tons of other great bowhunting content with a subscription to Petersen's Bowhunting Magazine. For just $10.00 a year it's a steal of a deal and a great resource for bowhunting enthusiasts.