The Draw

Using the thumb technique I can draw the string further than with the Mediterranean technique. Depending on what feels best to you and your size it may make more sense to draw the string towards the corner of the mouth, the chin or the earlobe. If the bow allows you (and the arrows are long enough) you can even draw the string beyond your ear. The first three draw lengths make it easy to create an anchor point – behind the ear this option does not exist. However you can create an anchor point based on feeling to ensure your draw is reproducible: concentrate on pulling your shoulder blades to a certain point, or on the fully bent position of the forearm and upper arm of the drawing arm. Or – as we know from Kyudo – you can feel the shaft of the arrow or the fletching against your cheek or pull it so far that you feel the string against your chest. Another way to find an anchor point is to use the length of the arrow. I orient myself by bringing the tip of the arrow to a certain point on the thumb of the bow arm.

In the following three videos I want to show you different ways to draw the string.

drawing from below up to a horizontal position is a method I only recommend for weaker bows.

in this method the bow arm is raised to the height of the target and you can already take aim

with this method I use gravity to help me and can draw even stronger bows.


The following images demonstrate the possible drawing lengths and anchor points at the corner of the mouth, earlobe and behind the ear. Behind the ear is only a “movable” anchor, as described above.

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