Things you’ll need:
- Nocking point string that’s about 40 cm. Enough to tie two nocking points
- A paint marker
- An arrow
- Lighter, preferably jet lighter
Things to do before tying a nocking point:
- Check your bow’s brace height and tiller according to the length of your bow
- Check centre shot to ensure it is at a correct position
- Note: The location of your nocking point changes after the adjustment
Step 1: Let’s Get Started!
- Clip the t-gauge onto your serving
- Rest the t-gauge on your arrow rest
- Lift the tip of the t-gauge lightly to ensure that rests lightly and not push down heavily
Step 2: Marking Where to Start Your Nocking Point
- Use a paint marker to mark the point lightly on the “1” of the “1/8” mark, just enough to indicate where to tie your nocking point (Chris’s quick tip: you can use a tape also)
- This is where you’ll start tying the bottom nocking point
- Do bare shaft tuning to determine the actual position of the nocking point. This position is just a gauge
Step 3: First Half of the Bottom Nocking Point
- Remove the t-gauge
Tie a knot on the point you’ve marked. Ensure that one tail is much longer than the other
- Hold the short tail down with your left thumb as you loop the long tail over the short tail with your right hand
- This helps to tighten your knot as you do your first loop
- Tie the string towards your riser (forward loop). This direction ensures that your nocking point gets tighter every time when you release
- Use your left index finger to hold the nocking point every time you complete a loop. It helps to maintain the tension
- Loop a total of 5 times
- Then, release the short tail you’ve been holding
We have just completed the first half of your bottom nocking point!
Step 4: Second Half of the Bottom Nocking Point
- Do a 6th loop, this time using your left finger to lift up and create a big loop ( aka the “mountain” ) while you maintain the tension
- Maintain tension by pulling the mountain with your left index finger
- Similarly, loop the same number of times as you did for the first half towards the riser. But this time, loop it within the “mountain”.
- Note: The loops does not have to be extremely tight as this step is simply a bridge for the final step
- Then, use your left thumb to hold the loops
- After completing the loops, use your right hand to collect the tails and hold it down tightly towards the right side of the serving with your right thumb
Step 5: (Con’t) Second Half of the Bottom Nocking Point
- Since your left index finger has been holding on to the mountain, we will now use that finger to complete the second half of the nocking point
- Turn the mountain towards the riser to close the gaps. Notice the loops being added on the right side
- Use your right index finger to hold the completed loops when you release the mountain before the next loop
- Pull the longer tail gently as you close the gap for the final loop
Step 6: Tightening the Nocking Point
- Notice that both ends are situated right in the middle of the nocking point
- Tighten your nocking point by pulling the tails towards its respective directions
- Note: Do not pull it in the perpendicular direction of the string as it will create a gap in between your nocking point
Step 7: Complete the Nocking Point
- Cut the excess of the tails, leaving less than 0.5cm
- Grab the lighter to burn the tails. After which, use the bottom of the lighter to press down the burnt area immediately
- Be careful not to burn the entire nocking point/serving!
Congratulations! You’ve completed your bottom nocking point!
Step 8: Top Nocking Point
- Nock an arrow against the bottom nocking point to mark your top nocking point
- Remove your arrow after marking
- Use the leftover string to tie your second nocking point
- Repeat steps 3 to 7, except use the mirror image of finger placements this time round
- Important note: The direction of the long tail must be forward-looping as well
Step 9: Final Check
- Ensure that your nock fits nicely into your newly minted nocking points before you start shooting!
- Do not tolerate slight gaps as it can cause huge deviations in your grouping especially at longer distances.
Challenge of the Week!
Challenge yourself to tying both nocking points in 5 minutes once you’ve mastered the skill! It’s an important skill to have especially during competitions where time is a constraint during matches.