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Kay's Thumbring Book Spiral-bound – 2002

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  • Spiral-bound
  • Publisher: Blue Vase Press (2002)
  • ASIN: B000XMBW02
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,988,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book goes over the use and history of the thumbring, a type of guard that the ancient horse archers used when drawing w/ the thumb on a traditional asiatic style shelfless bow. Its aim is apparently to get one functional w/ this technique but fails miserably. Reason being is it is 110% essential to show the proper locking technique clearly which this book does not do well at all. Rather it gives a series of locks that come from Sarecen Archery that are poorly illustrated and do nothing to give the beginner a good sense at all on how to properly lock the thumb draw. The history of the thumbring presented in this book is equally shallow and does little to give one a sense regarding when it first began being used, or even earliest archaeological evidence. Book also has a rather lousy name, 'Kay's thumbring...' as if 'Kay' somehow own's the tradition of thumbring shooting. Please. My advice would be to read Saracen Archery (a MUST read for those who wish to persue Asiatic archery)or use the net, and see how people on youtube or even over at the Asian Traditional Archery site go about using a thumbring. Lukas Novotny goes over locking the release better on his web site then any illustration in this book tried to convey. He does it simply with three photos and no unnecessary verbage.

Otherwise, book will almost certainly mislead you.
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