Archery Lessons: The Archery Release

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In the series of archery lessons, this article will provide and cover information related to the archery release.

It is most common to think of fingers holding the bowstring, but many people who shoot compound bows use a mechanical release device to hold and then release the bowstring when it is time to fire the arrow. The mechanical release device actually lets the string go without the archer having to hold the bowstring itself.

Archery LessonsWith that out of the way, it is widely believe that an archery release allows you to shoot more accurately and consistently. My advice is to try and perfect your form without using a release, and to put in use some of the archery tips covered in other posts before you think of using a release.


There are many companies that make archery releases. Some of the well-known brands include Carter, Zenith, and T.R.U Ball, but there are many more.

Before we go into more details, it is important to talk about safety in archery lessons. Release devices are dangerous. This is due to the fact that during the draw process, they often cross in front of the teeth and nose, which could cause injuries if the device is accidently released right in front of the face. This means that you have to be careful to not activate them as you’re getting to your anchor point.

With that out of the way, there are 3 basic types of archery releases: Rotary, Trigger, and Tension.

  • The rotary device goes off when the handle is turned away from the portion that holds the bow string. These devices are sometimes called “back tension” releases.
  • Trigger releases usually have a lever that gets pressed in to release the string. The lever comes in one of 3 locations:
    • Thumb: The most common style
    • Index Finger: Mainly used by hunters and is not always suitable for target archery
    • Pinkie
    • The tension release gets activated as a result of increasing tension, usually a slight pull at full draw.

The 2 most common archery release types are the trigger thumb release and trigger index finger releases.

The trigger index finger release usually comes in a wrist style where a strap is attached to your wrist and the trigger is release by the index finger. This type of archery release makes it easier to hold the bow back at full draw. This is one of the cheaper types of releases.

The trigger thumb release is more recent than the trigger index finger release, and is in general lighter and easier to use. It is usually handheld, and is activated by the thumb. This type of archery release is usually more expensive than the wrist style, but it is very easy to use.

These 2 types of releases are recommended for beginners as they are the easiest to use. Tension or automatic releases are not recommended for bowhunters because the sport requires a lot of patience and sometimes a longer aiming time.

This concludes the first of archery lessons regarding the archery releases. In the next article, I will cover the activation techniques of archery releases to get a better idea of how they work.

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