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Why the string loop is best. (Shooting Tip).

YOU CAN CONNECT an arrow and release aid to a bowstring in many ways. Every method has strengths and weaknesses, but of all the methods I've tried, the string nocking loop is the best. Here's why I think every bowhunter should consider a loop.

Nock Control

Because of the string angle, and the fact that your arrow is nocked above the center of the string, your arrow nock will always have a tendency to slide down the string on release. A nocking loop totally contains the nock and eliminates this variable.

Serving Life

Even the best center serving applied tightly will eventually weaken, flatten, and separate if you attach your release aid directly to the string. Also, the string fibers underneath will take the punishment more directly. However, when you use a string loop, the loop takes all the abuse and can be replaced easily when it shows signs of wear.

Tuning Ease

When using a nocking loop, little or no downward force is applied to the shaft during the draw and shot. At the shot the arrow. begins its flight at the apex of the string's angle, eliminating the whipping effect on the nock that occurs when the release is attached below the nock. This is especially important with short bows that would otherwise produce a very sharp string angle and a great deal of downward pressure and nock whip. The result is greater consistency and improved arrow flight. If you feel that a little downward pressure is desirable to keep the arrow on the rest while drawing the string, you can lower the loop's center point by tying a 1/8-inch spacer of serving thread between the arrow's nock and the loop's lower knot.

With today's short-nosed, open-jaw release aids that are geared specifically to string loops, loading is fast and you don't give up any precious speed-producing draw length. With the loop, you have everything to gain, nothing to lose.
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Author:Ulmer, Randy
Publication:Bowhunter
Date:Oct 1, 2002
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