Protecting your fingers in archery is very important.
The first thing new archers should get is a finger tab for archery or another type of finger protection equipment I discussed in my last article.
Today I want to talk about how easy it is to use a finger tab and where to get nice ones:
Name: Allen Company Finger Tab
Materials: Leather, Calf Hair
Finger Spacer: Yes
Specialty: Right Hand Only
Best Place To Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 9 out of 10
This finger tab from Allen Company is of very high quality and is very affordable.
Continue reading to find out what this tab has to offer you and how to use it correctly:
You must be aware of the fact, that this is a tab for right-handed archers only.
While you could use it with your left hand, it wouldn’t be very comfortable to do so.
The 2 flaps made of real leather protect your fingers very well so that you can shoot your bow for a long time without feeling any pinch of the string.
Some finger tabs use only leather for the part that holds the strings, which is fine. But in this case calf hair is used to make the surface of the tab even smoother.
When you release the string there is minimum friction between the tab and the string, so the arrow can fly forward without losing energy or direction.
I like that this tab has a finger separator, but some might prefer one without it.
It helps me to get a better grip on the tab and keep it in place.
The downside of the finger separator is, that it makes it uncomfortable when using it with the left hand.
It is rather easy to use a finger tab, once you have learned how to do it.
Finger tabs usually have either a hole or a loop to slip your middle finger through.
Slip your finger through from below and if there is a finger seperator put it between your index finger and middle finger.
Your index finger, middle finger, and ring finger should be covered now by the tab when you have done it right.
As you will notice then, the tab doesn’t cling to your fingers automatically but hangs loose from your hand.
So when it is time to hook the string, you have to make sure that the tab is between your fingers and the string.
And that’s all that you really need to know about the usage of a tab.
All you need to do then is to draw, aim, and shoot just the same way you would without a tab.
For my personal needs, this finger tab is great.
I really like the calf hair which makes shooting with it a breeze and a lot of fun.
The two leather flaps are also thick enough to give my fingers protection from the string, even when I am shooting for a long time.
I heard, however, from other archers, that it was not thick enough for them when shooting a bow with stronger draw weights like 40+ LBS.
I also like the finger separator. Some like it, others don’t but I always get tabs with a separator.
If you are not really into finger tabs, you can try a shooting glove or finger savers instead.
I have talked about those in my article about finger protection.
Especially the finger savers are great in my opinion and I installed one set of them on one of my bows.
No need for a tab or glove anymore when I am shooting with that bow now.
Have you found your favorite finger tab for archery already?
What does it look like and how do you feel about using one?
Write me in the comments below as I would like to discuss this simple but very effective and useful tool with you.
Talk to you soon.