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Sparkitoff

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Right now I am using a suede 3-finger glove with black fur tips. I shoot 3 under. My ring finger seems to always have a blister or a callous on the bottom edge. It has gotten to be painful. How do I figure out if I should get some kind of stout glove or a tab?  How do you size a tab? I see both from a few dollars to over $50.  Based on descriptions I cant tell what the difference is. For now, I put a rubber thimble in the ring finger of my glove. It works ok, but still didn't solve the problem entirely. Thanks
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First...have someone take a picture of you shooting, your hold form, from the side.  At this point, we don't  care about your release or where you hit.  One step at a time.
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Cc is right, the correct glove/tab will help with the blister, but it’s probably more a result of dragging that finger....learning how to apply more pressure on the 2 fingers above will solve the problem, but easier said than done. (My callous just reminded me)
With heavy poundage bows it often becomes a fact of life.
You can spend a fortune trying to find the perfect glove.
Check out the American Leathers Crossover for maximized protection.

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When you take your grip on the string purposely apply more pressure to the string with the middle finger. That should get the weight distributed properly as you continue the draw.

You want the pressure to be mainly on either the middle finger, or the index finger. It can work either way shooting 3 under. That should take enough of the pressure off the ring finger that the callous problem should go away.

Gloves and tabs are very personal and if you ask 20 people you will get 20 suggestions. You just have to try enough of them to find the one that works best for you. 
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Bateman makes a tab for traditional shooters. It’s made from cordovan. I’ve been using Bateman tabs for 20+ years. 
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I used to shoot with a damascus glove and had the same issue with my ring finger.  I glued a strip of leather to the inside of the glove along that edge and it solved the problem.  I had to turn the glove inside out so that I could do a good job of the glue joint.

As others have said, you can spend a fortune on gloves and tabs and never be really happy.  If you have a crafty side, you might consider making your own glove or tab.  It's not that hard and eventually you will come up with something that you really like and will learn a lot in the process.
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Absolutely, yes and yes to everything shared thus far. One upon a time I struggled with a dragging ring finger too. The solution had nothing to do with a tab/glove choice. Rather to thoughtfully and purposefully (mid draw) shift the load off my ring finger and carry the majority of the weight with middle and index fingers until release. Good luck!
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I'll second the suggestion for the Bateman Cordovan tab.  My Bateman tab only seems to get better with use.  Great tabs!  I use the medium but have hands on the smaller side.  You might want to try the large size to make sure you have good coverage.  Also, I use tie-in string nocks using B-50 thread.  The brass nocks seem to scratch and cut into the Cordovan leather on the tab. IMG_20200617_073537.jpg 
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Small fortune indeed... I got is a double thick 3-under cordovan I made years ago experimenting (3 under isnt for me). Great tab and you’re welcome to it.  Just pm me and I’ll send it your way if you want  C0123EC1-186B-4028-9A0D-FBE7A5E0AFBB.jpeg 

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The callus on your ring finger may or may not be related to the amount of pressure you put on it vis-a-vis the other two fingers during the draw. If you're shooting a short bow, with extreme string angle at full draw, or if your drawing arm elbow is too high, it will put greater pressure on the bottom of your ring finger, causing the callus. If so, a longer bow or lowering the drawing arm elbow will eliminate the problem. 
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Thanks for the tips and the generosity. The bow is 64" and 45# longbow. It has tie-on nock points. I will continue to experiment and adjust and also try various tabs/and or gloves
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OK, bow length likely isn't the problem.  What about your drawing arm elbow? Might you be able to provide a picture at full draw?
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Black Widow sells a couple gloves with cordovan. The basic Sticktite has thick leather as well and the prices are great.
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