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    Practice holding at full draw

    Do you practice holding your bow at full draw and if so whats your max you can hold and still make an ethical shot?

    I havent practiced in a while and just realized I'm only good up to a minute now with a #71 Prime Hybrid. I used to end end my training session trying to hold the last arrow up to 2min.

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    I can hold for about 90 seconds on 62 lbs but I wouldn't want to in the woods. My arm strength just isn't the same since the stroke but I've come a long way. I try to make it 2 minutes when I'm done with my target practice for the end of the day but after 90 seconds I start shaking like a 180 class deer is in front of me.
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    It has been a while, I have found I can hold the bow back easily if I do not have the bow in the shooting position.
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    Funny. This year I have started training for this. I got this thing called dry fire pro. Through out the day when I take breaks I pull it back and hold the pin on a small target. Right now only doing in 1 minute increments. Shooting for 5. It has helped me hold steadier. Also don't worry about putting an arrow through my wall.
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    Also I have the hold weight set much higher than the hold weight of my bow.
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    Over 3min with my new bow at 90% let off. Best archery money I ever spent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradn4201 View Post
    I can hold for about 90 seconds on 62 lbs but I wouldn't want to in the woods. My arm strength just isn't the same since the stroke but I've come a long way. I try to make it 2 minutes when I'm done with my target practice for the end of the day but after 90 seconds I start shaking like a 180 class deer is in front of me.
    A minute and a half is very impressive. For some reason it's much easier when you draw back on game I noticed. I don't really even think about it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by copperhead View Post
    Funny. This year I have started training for this. I got this thing called dry fire pro. Through out the day when I take breaks I pull it back and hold the pin on a small target. Right now only doing in 1 minute increments. Shooting for 5. It has helped me hold steadier. Also don't worry about putting an arrow through my wall.
    5min? Wow. Practice holding at full draw


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    Timely thread, I just came home from the gym. I will typically do a few sets of a single arm cable row and hold. I haven't ever timed my self i just hold till form breaks down.
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    Use a bow exerciser that equates to pulling 35-40# with no let-off. Hold that for 1 minute increments, several reps a night. After a few months of that, holding a bow with 85% let-off is a breeze.
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    Just practice holding a 5lb weight with your arm straight and horizontal to the ground. the longer you can hold your front arm up the longer you will be able hold on target.
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    I have not trained for it yet this off season, but I typically I built up to 2 minutes at 68lbs by the time season starts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by remmett70 View Post
    Just practice holding a 5lb weight with your arm straight and horizontal to the ground. the longer you can hold your front arm up the longer you will be able hold on target.
    I'll try that. Push ups seem to really help as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Afflicted View Post
    I'll try that. Push ups seem to really help as well.
    I like to take a long exercise band, and loop it around something and step back far enough that there is tension on it. I hold a light dumb bell out in front of me while drawing the band back and holding it.


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    I don't think it's necessary to hold your bow for minutes. I don't even draw my bow back until he looks away and hold back for 3secs or less, and aim my pin behind a deers shoulder to release an arrow.
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