Fire A Perfect Shot Using The Best Bow Release
Before acquiring any bow release, you should consider its:
A bow release is defined by its release type. There are 2 different release types: wrist triggers and handheld releases. Wrist triggers comprise of a thick wristband and either a rod or a string attaching the release to this wristband. They are very popular among hunters and archers because they are permanently attached to the arm, preventing them from falling off. They are also quite easy to use because of the familiarity of their triggers (caliper style) with what most people have in mind.
Handheld releases, also called T releases, rely solely on the strength of your fingers. They use either a back tension or thumb switch mechanism to fire the string, with the firing hook mechanism poking out between the index and middle finger as you hold it in your fist.
Generally, wrist triggers are better off but some prefer handheld releases. The best option would be to try both styles in order to determine which suits you the most.
Bow strings are usually set up differently. Some have a D loop, others have a metal nock and others might even just have a plain bow string. Before purchasing any bow release, ensure you check whether it is compatible with the bowstring setup that you have on your bow.
Whether it is a wrist or a handheld release, comfort should not be under looked because an uncomfortable release will affect the accuracy of your shots. When it comes to wrist releases, check whether the wrist strap is sufficiently padded with soft material so that it feels comfortable when drawing. Handheld releases should be ergonomically designed so that they fit snugly in your fist and grip tightly so that they do not fall off. Some are available in 3 or 4 finger groove designs and it would be wise to select the one that you are most comfortable with.
Hand sizes differ from archer to archer and from hunter to hunter as well. For this reason, it would be wise to have a highly adjustable bow release. Wrist releases for instance, should have buckle or Velcro straps to adjust it for a perfect grip on the arm. They should also have adjustable lengths between the strap and the release for more flexibility.
Triggers should also be adjustable between high sensitivity (requiring little pulling pressure) and low sensitivity (requiring a lot of pulling pressure). This is quite useful because archers and hunters alike, have different preferences when it comes to firing their shot.
This is an important factor to consider if you are more of a hunter than a sport archer. Noisy equipment should not be considered for hunting because they might scare your prey, causing them to escape form your aim at full speed.
By noisy equipment, releases with click sounds are the guilty party here such should be avoided at all costs. However, if the click sound is removable, the release can be considered. If you are a target shooter, this is probably not a big deal to you so the choice between a click and a non-click release should be down to personal preference.