Whether you are an avid archer or shoot occasionally, almost everyone of us has had the unpleasant experience of being hit with the bowstring. Being “zinged” is probably one of the most painful experiences of shooting a bow and once you do it, you really start trying to figure out how to avoid having it happen again. There is really only one main reason why you get zinged and that is improper grip on the bow.
Most archers grip the bow with the middle of their palm running down the center of the bow handle. On top of this poor form we also tend to squeeze really tightly which inevitably brings the string closer to our wrist. Not to worry though after being zinged myself I was taught this new way of holding the bow that would pretty much completely eliminate any chances of being hit with the string again.
The easiest way to explain this grip is to have you look at the front of your hand. Notice the meaty portion of your hand just below your thumb. This portion of your hand is going to be what sits on the middle of the bow handle instead of the middle of your palm.
Next your going to put your four remaining fingers together and place the tips of these fingers on the front portion of the handle/riser and your going to curl your thumb over to the right of the handle(if right handed).
*note the space between the arm and the string.
This grip is guaranteed not only to help keep your arm from getting hit but because this grip really inhibits squeezing really hard, it also helps to reduce bow torque. Just remember that you should only have your hand tight enough around the handle in order to keep it in your hand after the shot. Holding your bow too tightly will really hurt your accuracy and consistency, if you are afraid of your bow dropping you can pick up a very cheap solution. Its called a bow-sling and it attaches to the handle and you put you’re hand inside the sling to prevent your bow from coming out of your hand. Braided Bow Sling
When hunting or shooting in the winter your clothes tend to be a lot thicker and this can cause the string to start hitting your jacket. The solution to this is to get a hold of an arm guard this will help to keep you’re coat sleeve out of the way of your bowstring. Vista Tuff-Lite Armguard