A cinematographical analysis of two selected methods of drawing the bow

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Carol Reese (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Frank Pleasants

Abstract: A cinematographic study was made of three female advanced archers to examine selected mechanical factors of the draw, anchor, release, and follow-through. Two cameras - one 25 feet directly in front of the archer, and one 20 feet above the ground directly over the archer's head - were used to record the archer's movements. Two of the archers drew using the back muscles as well as the arm and shoulder joint muscles, and one archer used the arm pull. The length of the hold at the anchor position was the only factor examined that seemed to be related to the method of drawing the bow, with the two who drew using their back muscles holding longer than the archer using the arm pull. This did not seem to be influenced by the draw weight of the bow used. The angle of the forearm of the drawing arm to the shaft of the arrow did not seem to be related to the method of drawing the bow, but rather to the length of the third (ring) finger of the archer's drawing hand. Bow movement in the horizontal plane after release was influenced by the alignment of the bow limbs to the arrow shaft prior to release as well as by string hand action at release. One of the archers dropped the bow arm after release, and was found to have started dropping it before the arrow had cleared the bow on one of the seven shots photographed. The action of the bow after release (vertical plane) was also examined.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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