This post was motivated by a thread in another archery forum where it was claimed by a responder that one should definitively use Olympic archers’ choices as a “gold standard” guide as to knowing whether it is better to shoot with a tab versus a glove. I posted my opinion there also. I then wondered whether my opinion would be challenged in a way to make me reconsider my position by those in this forum who more generally enjoy the same archery equipment types and archery activities as me.
I am a fan of Olympic archery as a spectator just as I am a fan of Nascar as a spectator.
In my opinion one cannot judge the value of archery equipment or archery shooting form for their personal archery needs based on Olympic archers unless one primarily intends to participate in Olympic-style archery. I also would not use Nascar equipment or Nascar driving methods for my personal automobile transportation needs.
Olympic archery is a very contrived style of archery for a unique limited archery game contest. Look at the uniform statuesque stance and very deliberate uniform shooting form that only has slight variations among Olympic archers plus is always performed on a flat surface while shooting at known distances.
Look at the satellite-like bows with all their antennae sprouting out in all directions. Try shooting one of those bows from a tree stand, ground blind, or when navigating through thick undergrowth while “still-hunting”.
A tab works best for me. It is meaningless that Olympic archers use tabs.
Try a glove versus tab for the types of archery that you actually want to do on a regular basis. Which works best for YOU? Which do you ENJOY most?If one chooses a tab over a glove because a tab has been adopted as being best by Olympic archers (based on the concept and reasoning that equipment and shooting methods that work best for Olympic archers must always universally be the best), then one should also choose to use an Olympic bow setup for small game hunting, for deer hunting, and for bowfishing. One should choose an Olympic bow setup for casual backyard shooting and for 3D shoots. One should choose and Olympic bow setup for shooting from tree stands and ground blinds. After all, this Olympic bow set up MUST ALWAYS be the very best otherwise the Olympic archers would not be using it!
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Try a glove versus tab for the types of archery that you actually want to do on a regular basis. Which works best for YOU? Which do you ENJOY most?+1 and cheers to this. After decades of tabs, it was the switch to the backquiver that prompted me to get back to the glove. But then, it was a giant learning curve on getting a glove to fit just so that the release was as clean. Ultimately that took me to the Hill glove and lots of fitting/stitching/conditioning. But I got it! Then not too long ago, in haste I broke my routine and didn’t attach my coveted glove to my backquiver like I always do. So until it turned up, what did I grab? A tab from my “tab drawer”. And now that it has turned up, I’ve come to realize that I’m maybe not as fond of that glove as I thought I was.... yep, back to the tab for me! (And btw, dexterity and speed with backquiver is almost indistinguishable). So until I change my mind again, the tab is just a clear winner for convenience, cost, and upkeep. Color me lazy on this one, but that’s what it’s all about and nothing to do with anything the Olympic cool-kids are doing.
“Take the good where you find it, be honest with yourself, and let the results be your guide.”
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