Q: I hunt with a recurve bow (right-handed), and have done so for more than 40 years. I shoot consistently tight groups; however, occasionally there’s a “flyer” that travels high and left. I checked to make sure it’s not the fault of the arrow by re-shooting the same arrow from the same distance—and it falls within the group. So, assuming it’s a form-related problem, what would account for vertical and horizontal deviance? How can I fix it?–NAHC Member David Pedersen/Harlan, IA
A: High and left arrow impact can be caused by a couple of form problems. You might simply be tensing and flipping your bow arm up and out instead of remaining relaxed and keeping your eye on the target until the arrow hits. More likely, the bowstring is slightly impacting clothing along your chest or forearm. This almost always sends arrows left and high for a right-hander.
Point your toes a bit more toward the target in an “open stance,” and wear an armguard and/or chest protector like Olympic recurve shooters do. I’m betting the problem disappears.