Skip to main content Skip to main content

Holding Steady

Holding Steady

The key to holding a bow steady is maximum relaxation. If you flex a muscle, it will shake; if you relax a muscle, it will be steady. Obviously, you can't relax completely, but you can relax most of your muscles by using the skeletal system as much as possible, because bones are steadier than muscle.

You want to use the biggest and strongest muscles -- the ones closest to the spine -- to hold the bow up and back, because these muscles are steadier than your arm muscles. Remember, the farther away from the spine and the smaller the muscle, the less steady it is.


Drop your bow shoulder, relax your arm, and let it hang from the shoulder bones. You need to relax the bicep and forearm of the release hand and pretend the elbow is doing all the work. This uses the big muscle between the shoulder blades to hold the bow back and up. Once you reach full draw, focus on relaxation, and your bow will steady itself.


Lastly, if you're shooting a bow with a draw length that is too long, you'll never be steady. Shorten up your bow's draw length and you'll feel much more relaxed at full draw.

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

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Spot-and-Stalk Texas Hog Bowhunt

Spot-and-Stalk Texas Hog Bowhunt

Bowhunter Equipment Editor Tony J. Peterson spot-and-stalks hogs and whitetails in Texas.

Canyon Ranch Bowhunt

Canyon Ranch Bowhunt

Bowhunter Equipment Editor Tony Peterson sees plenty of action while hunting whitetails and hogs in Texas.

New for 2021: Bear Redemption EKO, Legit RTH Compound Bows

New for 2021: Bear Redemption EKO, Legit RTH Compound Bows

Bear Archery's newest bows - Redemption EKO and Legit RTH - are light, adjustable and fast.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Bowhunter App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

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

Get the top Bowhunter stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Bowhunter subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now