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- great for trying the thumb draw Review by CoachT
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This isn't super high quality leather and it's really a touch thin for long shooting and even medium weight. That said, it's also not super expensive and is incredibly convenient compared to thumb rings which are easy to lose. It gets a few off looks and some tournament masters may have an issue with using a thumb draw. The index finger does indeed touch the arrow nock though if you'd like to argue the point.
Short draw archers will find that they can get a couple inches more draw length using the thumb draw - even more if you draw to the earlobe for anchor. Tradition is to draw from the usual opposite side of the bow when using a thumb draw (arrow on the right for a right hander) but, with just a day of technique work I was able to draw just fine off the shelf of all of my bows with the arrow left drawn right-handed. The key is the same as 3-finger, don't twist your wrist inward pulling the arrow off the rest. I now own two (in case a wear one out) and only shoot 3-fingers when forced by competition rules.
Overall - from the point of view of a short draw recurve/longbow target shooter - it's fantastic and a functional solution to the draw weight problem that happens when you only draw 24"; regular and long draw archers may well have a different opinion.
(Posted on 8/1/13)