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    Default My 11 Year Old Champion

    Not Martin yet, but someday. Some pics of my student, Natalie at 11 years old. If you want to see good form then study her. Pay special attention to her dainty UN-grip.

    To help her I also take video from all angles. Difference between her and most men? She'll change anything I say.
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    It looks like the DL is just a lil long??

    Hard to tell for sure....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixShooter14 View Post
    It looks like the DL is just a lil long??

    Hard to tell for sure....
    Sorry,

    I just saw the other post

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    You guys are right. Let me explain a few things.

    Start with the bow. I wanted to get her a better bow, but parents have 3 other kids so money is rather tight. Sound familiar? So coach (me) goes looking at all the short draw bows available today with some amount of quality. One other thing I was looking for was a positive limb stop. Most of the bows in our price range are neither decent quality nor have a limb stop. AND, we were looking for something with a draw weight range from 25# to 45#. Sooo, I rely on a friend who just happens to have Strother on his account. I got a look at it and it has GIRL written all over it. Draw length is 24" to 26", weight is 30-40. Best was the price which I cannot say publicly state, but let's say less than two hours wages for most people.

    Nat's draw length works out to right at 24" by measuring. She shoots better a tad shorter. This bow is about 1/2" long and with the loop it comes to just about an inch long. I could short string it but after shooting it I decided she'll probably grow into it by the beginning of the indoor season. So that's why the draw length is long.

    Now her stance. Her left foot was in a 1 1/2" depression where the shooting line is. This is totally my fault as I should have had her move behind or straddle the line. This kind of threw her whole body out of alignment as can be seen at her hips.

    Now the release. Yes it is too long in these photos. It's a True Fire Hardcore Max and as short as I can make it. I normally have it shorter where her finger hooks over it better. She does have a tendency to punch a bit when she wears it long. It's one of the things we have been working on. Usually when I see her straight finger I just say, "Hook It" and she does. Then squeezes off her shots better.

    Bow Arm. I am not a fan of bending the arm. Doing so makes the muscles work to extend the bow. I like to rely on a straight but relaxed arm giving bone to bone contact. Her arm appears to be hyper extended but it is not. Notice she does not wear an arm guard and never hits her arm.

    Grip? What can I say. It speaks for itself.

    I always tell her to communicate with me and often ask her questions such as whether the peep height is right, does the bow aim solidly or moves around a lot. She knows enough that she can tell me what I need to know to make changes or not. Her form is not perfect, but some of this is the coach]s fault (me). I'm not a professional shooter or coach. I know enough to NEVER criticize her--always convey encouragement. It's fun for her and I intend to keep it that way.

    Open for suggestions.
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