For the first few arrows I often have the problem, that the string rubs over my lips. I need to concentrate on turning the face more to the target.

However, these few arrows are sometimes that harsh, that they leave me with a bloody lip.

Is there anything I can do to remember to turn my head at the first go-off? Something less painful than a bloody lip please =)


  • Best thing would be to break the habit completely of course
  • A reminder (like a note or something) wouldn't work, cause I forget about it while I actively shoot (even if I walk to the court with a "turn your head"-consideration)
  • are you trying to "aim" with one eye? Mar 2 '16 at 14:43
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    @ErikvanDoren Nope, both eyes open for intuitive shooting.
    – OddDeer
    Mar 2 '16 at 14:58
  • What are your knock points made of?
    – Dynadin
    Mar 2 '16 at 19:00
  • and your draw length is correct? Mar 2 '16 at 20:49
  • @Dynadin It's made out of brass (plastic inside)
    – OddDeer
    Mar 3 '16 at 6:26

A kisser button, perhaps? They are a button on your string designed specifically to help orient your head.

  • AFAIK, a kisser button would only work if he was shooting Olympic style (drawing with his hand underneath his chin). I assume as he is shooting barebow (anchoring at the corner of his mouth) as he's intuitive shooting.
    – Desorder
    Mar 6 '16 at 21:11

There is a possibility that your lips are catching on your knock points. It can take a few arrows to get your form at the start of a day.

I used to have brass knock points as well. After a while I replaced them with string floss (the one used for teeth) sealed with glue. It eliminated the problem for me.

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