FAQ

Longbow: I bought a new longbow about three months ago and recently I find that I am getting string-slap whenever I release my arrows? 
A: These are a number of possibilities about this but assuming your technique has not changed, then check the tiller on your bow. If you’re tillered too close to the bow then the string will travel too far forward when you loose the arrow and it’ll slap your arm or more usually your wrist. A rough guide is that your bow should be tillered at 1/12th of the length of the bow when de-strung. So if your bow is 72 inches then the tiller is 6″ (6 inches). It is possible that your string has stretched or that you’ve dropped it and it has unwound. 
The brace height is the distance from the deepest part of the grip to the string and  You want to twist the string to shorten it until you the tiller recommended by the bowyer or if you don’t have it then 1/12th of the bow’s length).  This will allow the bow to perform as designed and certainly will prevent the string from hitting your draw wrist on the loose. Run your hand down the string to ensure the twists are evenly distributed. 
Also check you nock position after this. (If your string has stretched you may need to change it, but if it is simply a case of you’ve dropped the string and let it unravel then your nock position should be fine. 
If your longbow is hitting your wrist, and you’re getting wrist-slap, then it is a pretty good indication that your tiller is not right.   Longbows generally are never braced lower than six inches and recurves rarely less than seven. Many modern longbows like to be braced at or around seven inches and recurves, depending on design, between seven and nine inches. Brace height is determined from the deepest portion of the grip

If it is not tiller that is a problem, then it may be the way you are holding the bow. You may be over-rotating your hand inwards, putting your wrist in harms way. 

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