Better Aiming for Tighter Groups

Better Aiming for Tighter Groups

We all realize that to shoot a bow, some form of pushing and pulling has to take place — but probably not as much as you've been told. My entire life, I was preached to on how I needed to push my bow arm at the target and pull on my release arm firing the shot using my back muscles. I quickly realized that doing that the same way each time was next to impossible.

Archery, like I've always said, is a game of repetition, and trying to rip the bow in half just wasn't something I could repeat. One day I'd do great, the next I'd be pulling harder and hit to the right or push shots out to the left. The inconsistency was really frustrating.

Because modern compound bows feature such high letoff and very solid back walls, Levi Morgan says it is no longer necessary to apply so much push/pull tension at full draw. Instead, Morgan recommends that archers relax a bit and apply just enough tension to keep the bowstring firmly against the draw stop(s).

Now, a lot of my struggles were from the equipment I was using combined with this push/pull method. But mainly, it was because this entire method is flawed, in my opinion. Back when this "back tension" method was introduced, bows had hardly any letoff and spongy back walls. Pushing and pulling really hard probably was the most consistent way to shoot that setup.


These days, however, bows are built with solid back walls and high letoff, and when you start pushing and pulling on something that doesn't give, it just doesn't work. Think about it — you're shooting a bow with a solid wall, and when you pull, something has to give. In this case, that would be your bow arm. And when you push and the bow can't give, then the movement is transferred to your release arm. I truly believe this is the reason so many people struggle with this technique. It's not that they're doing it wrong. It's that the entire process is no longer necessary.


I understand that to keep the bow at full draw, some form of "back tension," or pushing and pulling, has to take place. I also believe that's about all you need, just enough to keep the bow at full draw. You have to look at your cam system, holding weight, bow weight and type of draw stop to come up with a consistent push/pull method that suits you. However, if you're shooting a bow made in the last decade, more pushing and pulling probably isn't the answer to making you a better shot.

If you are struggling with aiming or consistent groups and have been taught to push and pull on the bow, let's try a different approach. Try to relax a little more in your shot. Pull just hard enough to keep the string against the stop and let the bow do the rest. After a while, you should find a comfortable, less stressful way to fire the shot. This will be way more repeatable for you, and you will be engaging fewer muscles than before.

Yes, the fewer muscles during the shot the better. When you're nervous, that's what causes tension and shaking, and that's what gets us tired. So, the fewer muscles used the better. The days of ripping the bow apart are over. It's time to relax and let these bows shoot themselves.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Ravin Broadheads – 3 New Mechanicals

Ravin Broadheads – 3 New Mechanicals

Designed exclusively for their crossbows, Ravin has announced three new mechanical broadheads to maximize penetration and overall performance.

CenterPoint CP400 Crossbow – First Look

CenterPoint CP400 Crossbow – First Look

CenterPoint Archery evolves in design and performance with the introduction of the new CP400 Crossbow.

Springtime Turkey Hunt

Springtime Turkey Hunt

Kevin Steele and the boys are bowhunting turkeys with the help of some well-placed decoys.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Bill Winke explains the benefits of both shooting techniques. How-To

Shooting Your Bow With One Eye Versus Two

Bill Winke

Bill Winke explains the benefits of both shooting techniques.

We got our hands on the brand new 2019 bows from Bowtech. See how the Realm SR6 and the Realm SS performed in our technical tests! Bows

2019 Bowtech Launch: Realm SR6 & SS Review

Jon E. Silks - November 07, 2018

We got our hands on the brand new 2019 bows from Bowtech. See how the Realm SR6 and the Realm...

We've rounded up the best new fixed-blade broadheads from the 2019 ATA Show. Check out our top picks! ATA Show

New Fixed-Blade Broadheads for 2019

Brian Strickland - January 10, 2019

We've rounded up the best new fixed-blade broadheads from the 2019 ATA Show. Check out our top...

Check out our top picks for the best new mechanical broadheads to debut at the 2019 ATA Show! ATA Show

New Mechanical Broadheads for 2019

Brian Strickland - January 10, 2019

Check out our top picks for the best new mechanical broadheads to debut at the 2019 ATA Show!

See More Trending Articles

More How-To

Follow these tips to prevent contact and increase your shooting accuracy! How-To

How to Eliminate Face-to-Arrow Contact

Levi Morgan

Follow these tips to prevent contact and increase your shooting accuracy!

Follow these in-season tactics to maximize the value of remote scouting from opening day through the late season! How-To

How To Use Trail Cameras Throughout Hunting Season

Paul Annear

Follow these in-season tactics to maximize the value of remote scouting from opening day...

Maximize the effective use of your trail cameras! Scouting Tools

10 Trail Camera Hacks to Use When Deer Hunting

Lynn Burkhead

Sponsored By
Academy Sports
While summer images can be encouraging, trail cams offer critical insights during the season. How-To

How to Utilize Your Trail Cameras During the Season

Jason Snavely

Sponsored By
Moultrie Mobile

See More How-To

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.