Remember to wax your string

Remember to maintain your string

Remember to wax your string

Remember to wax your string

Just a quick post about strings and keeping them in a god condition. With the outdoor season now in full swing I have been shooting in a new string over the last few days and thought it worth reminding people that waxing your string is pretty important, but often forgotten.

Before you start make sure the string it clean of any mud or grime. Also make sure it is dry, lets face it, we live in the UK and it maybe the start of Summer but it can still rain.
Applying the wax helps to bind the individual strands of the string together and protects the string from wear,tear and fraying.

Apply the wax liberally

Apply the wax liberally

Some people use a piece of leather to rub the wax in to the string (Sharon does, but that is because she has sensitive skin and sometimes finds her skin can crack on her fingers, especially when gardening).

I tend to just use my thumb of forefinger, running them up and down the string. The friction causes the wax to soften and seep into the string.

I use my fingers to rub / melt the wax

I use my fingers to rub / melt the wax

If you have string silencers (string spiders, puff balls etc.) make sure you wax up to them as the strands can often separate there.
I try to remember to wax my string every other time I shoot the bow. I know some will use beeswax, but I’m just using the Easton string wax here, which I carry in my quiver.

N.B. another tip is to carry a spare string in your quiver that is shot in and ready to use, just in case you need it on a shoot.

While waxing the string you can also check the condition of the severing and ensure that is not wearing either at the nocking point or the limb tip loops.

Hope this helps and as always thanks for reading.

The Push podcast

The Push Archery Podcasts

The Push Podcasts

The Push Podcasts

 It’s been a while since I’ve written a review, other than shoot reports,  so here goes, hopefully you’ll find it useful and interesting. This is kind of a part literature review and general review as I am going to be reviewing a podcast site, which some of you may already be aware of. In recent months I’ve been listening to The Push Archery podcasts.
Here is a link to their website. https://www.thepusharchery.com/
The guys have been publishing material for a few years, putting out a podcast every week or so. Over the last few weeks I’ve been working through their back catalogue of different topics, which I thin is well worth doing.
The podcasts are aimed at traditional bow hunter in the USA and beyond. The fact it is targeted at traditional bow hunters might put some people off, which is in my view is a mistake as they cover many aspects of archery many of which field archers could find helpful.
The Push podcast

One of Matt at anchor

Hosted by Matt Zirnsak & Tim Nebel, who I have to say are not only very knowledgeable on the subject of archery but a good laugh to listen too. More than once I’ve caught myself laughing on the train to work listening to them and their guest interact. As I said since finding them I have been working my way through their back catalogue of recordings of topics and guest. Yes Grizzly Jim if you are reading this I did hear your interview, from the other year.
Tim showing you can shoot in all weathers

Tim showing you can shoot in all weathers

I know that some of you might be wondering what am I doing promoting a traditional bow hunting site, after all hunting with a bow in the UK was outlawed decades ago. Well these guys and their guests know a lot about archery and I do mean a lot. Knowledge, them and their guests are more than willing to share and knowledge that is very applicable to field archers the world round. Also I know there are archers in the UK who go bow hunting overseas, some of whom read this blog who might find the topics covered of interest.
The format of the podcasts are generally focused on an interview with a guest archer, focusing on their shooting, equipment and advice. These usually have a running time of an hour or so. There have been some recent shorter podcasts which have focused on coaching advice and tips. As a field archery coach I have found these really interesting to listen to. The topics have covered your grip of the bow, your “hock” on the string, stance, etc., all of which I think are worth a listen if you are interested in improving your form or just interested in new ideas. I’ve especially liked the post on open verse closed loop shooting with Joel Turner. I think this has been of particular interest as I can be quite analytical at times when shooting, especially if things are not going well. One reason I like the podcasts is I can listen to them on route to work or home and then try applying some of the techniques in my own practise.
Push podcast- Matt at anchor

Matt at full draw

Before I forget, they also have a YouTube channel which you might want to check out.  https://www.youtube.com/user/tnebel20/
Also my thanks to the Matt and Tim for the photos they supplied for this article.
To be completely honest I wasn’t sure how applicable the guest interviews would be, but I have found them both interesting and informative. Whilst I’m not that interested in the hunting aspect, I do enjoy the narrative and it has highlighted the wealth of knowledge out there, going beyond just UK focused field archery.
I used to do a bit of bird watching (feathered kind) along with wildlife photography, so some of the techniques and comments on stalking or sitting in a hide, brought back memories of this.
 I’d suggest you have a listen and let me know what you think, be warned though you may well catch your self laughing or smiling on a train or bus journey.
Thanks for reading