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Anchor Position

The Anchor Position is the joining and securing of the draw hand to the jaw, chin and neck. The anchor position is the fixed rear sight. The anchor position’s goal is to connect the string, arrow, and drawing hand to body’s core and the strong back muscles. The anchor position must be extremely precise since any change in the anchor position leads to changes in arrow placement on the target face.

The index’s finger “fist knuckle” must be placed in the pocket between the end of the jaw and the neck musculature.  If the “fist knuckle” joint is not wedged into this pocket the draw hand will tend to slide up the face or will have an anchor position at is not solidly connected between the draw hand and the jaw.

The bow string must have a correct side anchor on the chin. The string will be biased away from the center of the chin, as far as just at the corner of the chin. (Pay attention to the width of the chin, for people with a wide chin, the string may have to be located more towards the center.)  Do not go too far around the chin’s corner, as excessive drag on the skin will occur and pain will result. Keep the string in the exact center of the nose. (Be aware that some people’s noses are bent one way or the other which will affect the placement of the string on the nose’s center.)

The face must be kept still and relaxed.

The thumb position is important. The thumb must be either in front of or behind the prominent neck muscle. The thumbs must be in contact with the neck, from the thumb nail all the way to the base of the thumb. The position of the thumb is dictated by the size of the hand and fingers and the jaw length.  For most archers the thumb will be positioned in front of the prominent neck muscle. The correct thumb position, established in the hook, that is moved back to keep the webbing taut, provides not only the correct draw hand position, allows the thumb to be correctly positioned on the neck and keeps the draw forearm relaxed. The thumb should be relaxed from the moment the hook is made all the way through the end of the shot.

To control the pitch (angle) of the string hand, the pinky finger tip should touch the neck. The twisting of the hand should be enough to make the pinky touch the neck, but not so much that the hand is vertical. The string hand at anchor must not twist or torque the string, but the string dictates the pitch of the hand.

The anchor position should feel full and tight against the neck. There should not be any gaps between the index finger, or the top of the webbing and thumb against the neck. This provides complete positioning of the hook. Remember the focus of contact is from the index finger bone through thumb nail. There contact between the hand the jaw/neck cannot be too strong.

The fingers control the string, while the hand controls and defines the anchor position.

The anchor location must be consistent from shot to shot. The feel of the

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