How to Choose a Bow Release

How to Choose a Bow Release
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Bow release are very innovative inventions, and they help make it much easier and more accurate to draw and release your bow string. Let’s discuss how to choose a bow release that is ideal for your needs.

Release Type 

Perhaps the most important factor to look for when choosing a bow release is what kind of release type it is, and there are a few to choose from. For the most part, it comes down to personal preference.

Index Finger Release

These are release aids which are triggered by the index finger. These are attached to wrist straps, which helps join the muscles in your hands and arms, thus making it easier to draw. These are extremely popular among hunters.

Thumb Release

Instead of using your index finger, these use your thumb to release the mechanism. They tend to be handheld, not attached to straps. It’s like using a tension release, but with a trigger.

Hinge Release

Hinge releases are handheld and the release is actually triggered when your shoulder blades are squeezed together or when you relax your release hand. Unlike other types, instead of having a trigger, this is a trigger.

Resistance Release

The other popular type is the resistance release. It is triggered by the pressure created when you fully draw the string.


Another important aspect to consider when choosing a bow release is how sensitive the unit in question is. The sensitivity of the trigger mechanism will make a big difference when it comes to user-friendliness and accuracy.

If possible, you want a bow release that has a medium level of sensitivity; you don’t want to have to apply either way too much or far too little pressure to release the string. If the bow release is too sensitive or not sensitive enough, you won’t be able to draw, aim, and fire properly.

Of course, everybody is different, so just how sensitive you need your bow release to be is up to you.

How to Choose a Bow Release

Overall Durability

The next important feature or factor to look for when purchasing a bow release is durability. First off, the strap that goes around your hand and wrist needs to be made of high-quality materials.

This may be leather or nylon, but whatever the case, as long as it’s a material that has a high level of tear resistance, you should be fine.

Next, also pay attention to the quality of the shaft, the clip, and the release mechanism. Generally speaking, you want them to be made out of high-quality metal. Always try to avoid anything made out of plastic.

Comfort and Adjustability

You also want to pay attention to how comfortable the bow release in question is. Make no mistake about it, because if you have never used one of these before, it will most likely be a little bit uncomfortable in the beginning. It forces you to use muscles which you may not be used to using, and some may also irritate your skin.

The important part is that the wrist strap part of the release is very soft and smooth on the interior, to avoid skin irritation. Moreover, it should be durable enough to stay in one piece, but also soft and plush enough so it is a bit flexible and moves with you.

On a side note, ultimate comfort will often come down to how adjustable the bow release is. Whatever model or type you get, you need something that can be adjusted to suit your needs.


We mentioned adjustability above, but this is really only part of the equation. Simply put, some bow releases are intended for kids, some for average sized people, some for women or men, and some for very large people. Just make sure that you get size that is best for you.

Clearance and Draw Length

The final factor which you should pay attention to before making a purchase is how much string clearance the bow release allows for. Generally speaking, the more clearance between your arm and the string, the better your aim and firing abilities will be.

At the same time, try to find a model that will allow you to maximize your draw length, because the more you can draw the string back, the more power the arrow is going to have.


As long as you keep these 6 purchasing factors in mind, you should have no problems choosing the best bow release for your needs.