A Standard Release

[STEP ONE]

Putting on the Release

Step One: Putting on the Release
Step Two: Nocking the Arrow
Step Three: Holding the Bow
Step Four: Drawing the Bow
Step Five: Aiming the Bow
Step Six: Firing the Bow

The release, though simple in function, is one of the most important parts of the compound-archery set up. The shooter takes the release and attaches it to the dominant hand with the Velcro straps (as demonstrated in the photo at right), so that the mouth of the clamp can be placed around the loop on the bowstring. After drawing the bow, the archer simply pulls the trigger to release.

There are many types of releases by various manufacturers on the market, but they all serve the same function and attach the same way. Velcro straps wrap around the archer's wrist to ensure the release remains firmly attached.

A compound bow can be shot without a release, but the release is preferred by many archers for two simple reasons; it reduces wear and tear on the fingers and helps prevent accidental discharge of the bow. When using the release, the only way the bow can be discharged is by pulling the trigger.

Now that you've got your release on, go ahead to Step Two: Nocking the Arrow.