What is the strap that goes around the shoulder and under the arm pit called? It looks like a triangle with straps. Anyone know who make it? It helps keep the chest area clear of clothing by pressing it down!
I use rubber bands. Nice and cheap, easily replaceable. Can put them all the way up your sleeve to keep things down!
I have an armguard too that I use sometimes, but rubber bands about 90% of the time. I tried a compression sleeve from BuckWing and it pretty much blew monkey chunks. Not applicable for a jacket at least.
Once I was at Targeteers and I overheard/eavesdropped Joe Caruso giving someone a shooting lesson. He advised them to not lock their front elbow..to leave it slightly bent. This way when you release the bow moves more toward the target. I tryed it and it improved my shooting. The side benefit is that I never needed any kind of arm guard again and I never hit a puffy sleeve from a heavy jacket either.
Yes, many say to bend the elbow. I do, and I also never need and arm guard with a compound. However, with my recurve, I do. But I think that is because of the string getting pushed towards that arm on release.
Bending the elbow is the correct way, and I shoot with a bent elbow as well. However, when you are bundled up like the Michelin man for a winter bowhunt, you still run the risk of hitting sleeve. Get that sleeve down and out of the way, because that arrow wont go where it needs to if you hit your sleeve. Better safe than sorry....thats the way I look at it.
As for the chest protectors, they are mainly for female archers...LOL @ Dan ...BUT...they work great for heavy winter clothing as well.