The Bow Hand

For the thumb technique you need to hold the bow differently to the Mediterranean technique. As the arrow is shot over the back of the hand and placed on the right side of the bow (to be drawn with the right hand) I need to find a way to prevent the arrow from hitting the bow once it has been released and therefore drifting to the right. I do that by moving the bow out of the way of the arrow when I release it, so that the arrow does not touch the bow. Specifically this means that I hold the bow in a way that creates tension that is released when I let go the arrow; this in turn causes the bow to turn to the left without my help. The arrow is released from the string without any interference and is centrally accelerated. This explains why for the thumb technique the spine value of the arrow is not as important as for the Mediterranean technique. You can also add a tipping motion to the turning motion of the bow. This gives the arrow a more dynamic release from the string and even more speed.

gekrümmter Zeigefinger

gestreckter Zeigefinger

Move the thumb out of the trajectory of the arrow and protect yourself from injury by making sure that the thumb is placed on the middle finger and therefore lower. The forefinger is either bent behind the bow or extended. If you extend the forefinger you have to make sure that it doesn’t bend when you shoot and hit or brush against the arrow.

Bogengriff mit Vorspannung

I hold the bow tight and tip it downwards using my wrist. It is important grip the bow first with the small finger followed by the ring finger and the middle finger (in a sense, pulling the bow) and to press it at the top with the base of the thumb and forefinger. If I draw my bow from this position without loosening my grip, tension is built and released in the form of a tipping and rotating movement when I release the arrow. If I want to leave out the tipping motion and only turn the bow, I simply apply less so much tension with my small/ring/middle finger.


Movement of the bow hand using the tip & turn technique


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