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The Wing Thing Review

We got our hands on a gadget which will help you make fletching less stressful. Introducing, The Wing Thing from the Archery Lab.

https://youtu.be/QUbL8MboKtc
https://youtu.be/QUbL8MboKtc

Transcript

Hi everyone, it’s Chris from The Archers’ Crest and I’m here to show you a very useful tool I’ve gotten my hands on.
Introducing The Wing Thing from The Archery Lab.
The Wing Thing removes all your pain when you’re trying to fletch your spin vanes.
No more drawing of lines, no more straining your eyes to see your vanes align with the lines and no more wondering if your vanes are evenly spaced out.

Let’s open it up. The first thing you’ll see is a quickstart guide to help you set it up. You’ll notice that every part is wrapped up individually so it’s protected while it’s on its way to you. In the box, you have.. The spin vane clamp, the nock attachment and of course, The Wing Thing jig.

This is how The Wing Thing works.
First put the nock adapter onto the jig.
Then you can attach your arrow and put it into the nock adapter.
With this cap and elastic band, you can put it over your arrow point and this helps to lock in your arrow.
So you’ll see there’s no room for movement and no wiggle.

To put a vane on you just need to slide the vane down the side of a clamp like that. You can also use the markings to gauge the position and to make sure that it’s the same every single time.

Once you’re done, grab a tape and put it along the markings like that.
Once you’re ready, grab a knife, you can just lift up the double sided tape to remove it from the vane

And you can get the jig, put it at an angle, slide it at a 45 degree angle.
Lock it on, slide on.. Once you’re done. Just bring it up, just like that.

The jig is lightweight but very well built.
As I was playing a bit I realized there’s no room for wiggle or loose parts may shift the position of your arrow.

The skeleton of the jig is made of aluminum supported by 3D printed parts so is extremely lightweight.
It is also super adjustable, where you can adjust the vane position; you can shift it up and down.
You can put it at any angle and you can use it for any diameter arrows.

They clamp fit literally any spin vanes that you may be using up to 2 1/8 of an inch.
So that’s more than sufficient for your traditional spin wings, Elivanes, SpiderVanes, or XS wings.
A clamp for longer indoor vanes are also available as an add on.
Now the KSL jet6 vanes unfortunately require an additional clamp because the shape of the vanes are slightly different.

This is nock attachment and it fits all symmetric nocks, such as the Eastern, Fivics or Skylon nocks.
There are numbers on it so you can see where the vane positions are.
If you’re using Beiter asymmetric nocks, you need an add-on for them.

Okay, now let’s do a quick test.

I’m going to fetch four arrows in total, two of which I’ve already drawn the lines and I’ll use the normal alignment method just to put them on.
And two of them I’ll use The Wing Thing.

Okay, so I have the Spider Vanes which are used for my compound arrows.
And I use the spin wings for my recurve arrows.

They are all the Skylon Preminens arrows over here.
So I’ll start from when the first tape is being pulled out.
And I’ll end only when the ending tapes are put on.
So I’m honestly quite a bit nervous because I’ve been using the normal method ever since I’ve started and I’ve only gotten The Wing Thing and I’ve started playing with it today I have only fletched one arrow with it.

Alright, so let’s see how it goes.
Okay, so first up will be my recurve arrow with the spin wings.
Ready? Three two one and go
3 minutes and 27 seconds.

Okay. Let me check. Yep, I think they are quite alright.
One of my fears, one of my concerns is that the space between each of the vanes are slightly different, or the offset angle is a bit off. Which would give some clearance problems.

Okay, so this is the traditional method for the spin wings.
Great! And now for the Spider Vanes.
Okay, Spider Vanes with the traditional method.
Let’s reset the clock.. Three two one, go.
Done! 3 minutes and 12 seconds, all right!

So that so little bit of warm up that I’ve done with this, okay.
So 3 minutes and 27 seconds for the spin wings and 3minutes and 12 seconds for the Spider Vanes.

Okay, next up, I’m going to try fetching the Spider Vanes on my compound arrows using The Wing Thing.
Let’s see how long I will take. Ready, three two one, go
Time’s up. So..

I have done it in about the same time as with my fingers, time is roughly the same.
But when I look through the back,

I am much more confident that these vanes are much more aligned.
They are spaced out very evenly.
The lines when I look at them, they are exactly perpendicular with no offset angle at all.
So that’s dependent on how I set it.

That is really, really amazing. You can check..
This is the one that’s done with The Wing Thing.
And this is the one that’s done with my bare hands.
And you can see the difference for yourself.

Okay, so I have attached the Beiter nock adapter to use with the Beiter nocks.
And let’s see how long I will take to fetch the spin wings.
Ready three two one, go.

Stop! 2 minutes and 58 seconds.
Right. And let’s take a look.
So I did not check on the angle of the vanes (arrow height).
But honestly speaking, I am impressed. I am very impressed.
Just take a look at that.

Okay, just take a look at my handmade one just over here.
So this is made with The Wing Thing. This is made with my hands.
And you can see that the vanes are very differently spaced out.
Right, this (Wing Thing) is much more even.
And honestly quite questionable with my own skills.
Alright, so this is the timing taken for The Wing Thing.

All in all, the time that we see is not very much significant.
Also dependent on your skills

There is a little bit of improvement maybe about 10%.
But what I really like about The Wing Thing is that you can rely so much on it and you can ensure that every turn that you make is so evenly spaced out.

I love it that the clamp has the edges over here and all you need to do is to push the vanes towards the edges.
And even for the tape, you just need to push it down onto the edges.
And you can align it just like that you don’t need to.. “am I too high or too low”?
You don’t need to bother all about that.

Because of all these conveniences. I do like The Wing Thing a lot.
In fact, I just claimed this first set as mine.

Okay, so that’s all from me.
Thank you so much for taking your time to watch this.
This is The Wing Thing from The Archery Lab.
And I hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I had.

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Shoot and Repeat (The Shot Cycle)

If you’ve been shooting regularly for a period of time, you’d realise that your movements have developed into habits and routines. Subconsciously too! It’s the same every single time you step onto the shooting line and shoot.

How you pick up the bow, walk to the shooting line, nock an arrow, breathe and prepare, set up .. .. till you release and get another arrow ready to shoot.
In fact, it might seem like clockwork. These actions are repeated exactly to the seconds.

The sequence of movements is called the shot cycle
Sometimes we feel good about it, sometimes we feel as though something is off.

The shot cycle helps us to

  1. Develop confidence in ourselves when the shot cycle feels the same consistently. This is one of the ways we can prepare mentally for any competition.
    “When I know that I am consistent, I can also hit the X consistently.” It’s about letting the muscle memory take over, so that you let the subconscious do the work and you feel good about your shots.
  2. Determine adjustments to shooting form by using it as a structure to guide us in diagnosing issues.

Today’s blog post is about identifying different parts of the shot cycle. 
We want to structure it so that you can think about how you execute each step and what habits have been developed! 

For form habits that have been developed, they take place subconsciously. If we need to adjust our form, then consistent and intentional training will be needed to make new muscle memories. That’s why starting the sport with a good coach is important!
As we look at shooting forms in future, we will also refer back to this shot cycle.

There are so many books and ideas written about shooting: Kisik Lee, Kim Hyung Tak, World Archery, other coaches and federations. What’s the difference between all the shooting techniques then? 

The similarity: they all structure their thoughts according to the shot cycle. Using the shot cycle, they break it down by identifying specific movements like “hook the string”, “raise the bow”, “drawing”, “anchor” (compare their contents page). 

The differences are in how they optimize each step of the shot cycle. We’ll try to the best of our abilities to provide balanced considerations and perspectives for you to take.

We’ll look at the shot process in this manner. As you read it, do a throwback to every time you shoot and replay it in slow motion. How does your heart feel? What is your state mind? Remember your muscles moving and how it feels like, because

~ Improvement comes first through awareness ~

Pre-shooting

  • Pick up bow, walk to the shooting line
  • Feet position and posture

With bow and arrow

  • Nock arrow, hold riser and string
  • Setup: Raise bow and alignment of shoulders
  • Draw and anchor
  • Full draw, aiming and expansion

Post-Shooting

  • Release and follow through 
  • Throughout: mental preparation, zone & focus
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Train Effectively without a Bow

It’s not every 4 years.
It’s every day.

Gwen Jorgensen

Even when you have pockets of time, you can make use of every opportunity to train effectively without a bow.

Especially important if you are taking time off from shooting to focus on studies or other things! (Also especially important if you just increased poundage or changed to heavier equipment!)

This training plan prepares you to pick up your bow again by

  • Developing shooting form and feeling
  • Focus on self than on target
  • Developing physical strength

Spend just 20 mins each time with these training plans

Tera Band Training

Note: For all exercises, ensure posture remains neutral and the same throughout. You should feel like a string is pulling you from the top. Shoulders should remain at the same level, only the arms are moving

Raise and Align
12 times, 3 sets, 20sec rest between each set

This movement ensures your arms are aligned when you raise your bow, ready to use the right muscles for drawing.

1. Raise arms to drawing position. Tera band should be parallel to ground, between your nose and mouth level.

2. From raised position, align your shoulders to the target by twisting your torso. You will see a little increase in tension in your string, that is fine.

Ensure Tera band is straight with no bends, to get good alignment when you raise your bow.

Draw and anchor
8 times, 3 sets, 20sec rest between each set. This exercise builds on the previous one.

This exercise is to develop a smooth draw and anchor, reducing any other unnecessary movements.

1. In 1 smooth motion, draw and anchor directly. All other parts should stay still, only allow the draw elbow to lead the draw. Even once you anchor, continue to feel the “expansion” feeling.

Refrain from moving your hand below your chin or away from your body before reaching the anchor.

Release training
12 times, 5 sets, 30sec rest between each set. This exercise builds on the previous one.

This exercise is meant to train a relaxed and easy release.

1. Tie an end of the band to a firm pole at your chin level. Stand close to the pole, you can hold the pole. (Or use left arm to hold if there is no pole)

2. Draw the Tera band and anchor. Continue expansion by bringing the elbow away from target board, or round your back.

3. Feel the slight expansion for 3 seconds and slowly relax the fingers to let the string slip out.

Allow the draw elbow to “go backwards” caused by the release of the Tera band. It should not be intentional or forced backwards.

There should not be a sudden force to open the hand. Hand should still have the hooking shape

Mobility Training

Note: Shoulders and chest should always be down throughout. Shoulder height should be the same from when you are standing straight

Bow arm turn
8 times, hold for 8 sec each
3 sets, 20sec rest between each set

1. Hold onto object or pole, your hand in the riser grip shape.

2. Turn just your upper arm (bicep and tricep) downwards, without turning your shoulder or hand. See your inner elbow perpendicular to the ground. Hold for 8 sec

Do in front of mirror.
Keep feeling some stretch for increase in range of movement
Turn 2 arms after a while

Careful not to over-turn your arms, which cause shoulders to rise or tent out from your body

Inter-hook hands, expansion
8 times, hold 8 sec each (feel like pulling outwards)
3 sets, 20sec rest between each set

1. Interlink your fingers at chest level, draw hand facing up.

2. Pivot your arms upwards using only shoulder joint

3. Let both your elbows stretch away from you and feel your shoulders and scapula follow along. This is how you will feel during expansion

Arms stretch and expansion
8 times, hold 8 sec each (feel like being pulled outwards)
3 sets, 20sec rest between each set

1. Arms stretched out, like you have turned your bow arm

2. Extend your arms outwards by extending your shoulder blades and scapula outwards. Feel like you’re being pulled apart. This is how you will feel during expansion

Angel stretch
8 times, 3 sets, 20sec rest between each set

1. Stand back touching the wall

2. Ensure 5 points of contact. Wrists, elbows, shoulders, lower back (waist), hips

3. Put the “I surrender” sign, move arms up and down along the wall

Ensure you do it slowly. It is meant to give you stretch and greater range of movement

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