How to Use a Bow & Arrow Finger Guard

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How to Use a Bow & Arrow Finger Guard
Finger guards prevent bruising and injury to the finger knuckles. (boy playing archery. symbol of success.leisure. image by L. Shat from

Archery finger guards protect the inner fingers that make contact with the bow string. Due to the weight and pressure of drawing the bow string back, and the repetitive nature of placing the fingers on the same spot during the session, bruising and injury occur. Finger guards add a layer of padding to the inner fingers that helps to prevent this bruising. There are two types of finger guards: gloveless guards that go on the bow string, and three-finger gloves.

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  1. 1

    Wrap the wrist strap around the wrist of the draw hand. This is the hand and arm you use to pull back the bow string.

  2. 2

    Slide the three fingers -- starting at the forefinger and down to the third finger -- into the fingertip guards on the glove.

  3. 3

    Place the gloved fingers onto the bow string as you would without gloves. Draw the string back, keeping the guards between the fingers and string. Release the string.

  1. 1

    Bend the recurve bow so the string releases from the top notch. Thread the longer piece of the bowstring guard onto the bow string, and push down to the centre arrow's fletch mark. Push the long piece below the fletch mark. Push the smallest piece of the guard down so it is above the arrow fletch mark. Push the remaining part of the guard down onto the smallest piece.

  2. 2

    Restring the bow string onto the recurve bow. Place your three shooting fingers onto the guards, and draw back the bow string.

  3. 3

    Keep the fingers on the soft guards rather than the bow string. Slide the guards to the most comfortable position for your hand and shooting style.

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