| Sgt. D wrote:|
Can anyone explain how the back release works? What triggers the release? Is there risk of a release before you are set?
There are various different triggering mechanisms used in back tension releases. The most common, as used on the "Stanislawski" or "Stan" as was discussed in the above post, works on the natural pivoting motion of your hand as you "pull through" the shot against the wall of the bow at full draw. It has a half moon shaped disk that a sear engages. The sear is connected to a linkage that holds the hook or rope used to connect to the bow string or nocking loop. As you are applying back tension, the release pivots slightly in your hand, causing the sear to rotate around the half moon disk until it clears the radius of the half moon, triggering the release. Since you are using the large muscle groups in your back rather than your trigger finger to release the bow, you can rid yourself of bad habits like punching a trigger, and the release takes you by surprise. You don't notice the release pivoting and don't anticipate the shot -- provided you are using the release correctly, so you can concentrate solely on aiming and maintaining proper shooting form. This also encourages follow-through and you're less likely to tighten your grip on the bow at the moment of release, which torques the bow.
Other back tension releases trigger by a knob that presses against the root of your thumb as the release pivots when you are applying back pressure against the draw stops. There are other designs as well, but all basically operate on the natural pivot motion of the release as you apply back tension.
They can be difficult to get used to at first, and yes, you will have some premature releases every now and then until you master the release, but the advantages far outweigh the learning curve.
Using a back tension release is the best sure-fire way of curing target panic and improving your shooting. Target panic will affect most archers to some degree at one time or another. It's difficult to break bad habits once you get used to punching a trigger. Back tension releases are the prescription for this.