How to Properly Wear a Bow Release

How to Properly Wear a Bow Release
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If you are planning on using a bow release, but have never actually used one before, there are some things you need to know about wearing one. Wearing it properly can make a huge difference, so how to properly wear a bow release is what we are here to find out today.

How to Wear a Bow Release

When you are using a wrist strap bow release, one with an index finger activated trigger, if you expect to get the most out of it, the best shot possible, you need to wear it the right way. Let’s go over a quick guide in terms of how to properly wear a bow release of this nature.

The Wrist Strap

The first tip to follow when it comes to properly wearing a bow release is to ensure that the wrist strap fits properly. This is perhaps the most important aspect of all. The wrist strap should be fairly snug, so you need to find a bow release wrist strap that either fits your size perfectly or can be adjusted.

Most can be adjusted, so this should not be a problem. These wrist straps, in part, are designed to connect your wrist and hand muscles to provide you with more strength and stability. If the wrist strap is far too loose, it won’t provide the needed support. With the proper fit, you shouldn’t be able to move your wrist very much — just a little bit.

How to Properly Wear a Bow Release


One mistake which beginning archers tend to make when putting on a bow release wrist strap is to put it on over their clothing. They are not designed to be worn over clothing. It’s not like you cannot wear a coat or a sweater while wearing a bow release, but you do have to wear the bow release directly on your skin, not over a sleeve. If you plan on wearing gloves, they need to be fairly thin if you want to wear the bow release over them.

The Length

Not all bow releases will allow you to adjust the length of the trigger head, but some do. This is important because how far up the shaft the trigger head is, or how long the shaft is, will dictate how far back you can draw the bow string. The farther back you can draw the bow string, the more power, speed, and distance you are going to get out of each shot.

However, that said, there is a maximum distance you should be pulling the string back. With your release hand, when aiming, the wrist strap bow release should allow you to draw the string back to your chest, or just a little further past your chest, towards the armpit. You don’t want to have to pull back too far, but need to be able to pull back far enough, so adjust the length with this goal in mind.

Adjust the Trigger

The other aspect of properly wearing a bow release is to adjust the trigger to suit your needs. Most triggers can be adjust so you need more or less pressure to activate the release. How you adjust it will depend on your preferences and hand strength, but finding the ideal level is very important.

The Importance of Properly Wearing a Bow Release 

There are a few reasons why it is so important to wear a bow release properly.

  • A proper fit will ensure that your hand and arm muscles are connected to one another, therefore allowing for the most stability and power, while helping to prevent injury and fatigue
  • A proper fit will allow you to draw the bow string back to an ideal distance in order to get the most power and distance out of each shot
  • If you have a bow release that is not of the proper size, especially if it is too loose, it may come off or just be very ineffective. If the bow release is way too tight, it just won’t be comfortable and you might not be able to wear it at all
  • Drawing a bow string thousands of times may cause wrist injury. A well-fitting wrist strap can help prevent injuries from occurring


If you follow the tips which we provided here today, you should have no problems getting your bow release to fit properly. Just make sure to get one that fits your size and can be adjusted to perfection. Generally speaking, the more adjustable a bow release is, the better the fit you will get from it.