Like an old well worked in baseball glove is to a season baseball player, so is a well worked in finger tab to any archer. A finger tab should allow you to feel the string while at full draw and not interfere with the shot as you release the string. Once an archer has worked in and moulded their finger tab, it becomes a trusted part of their equipment and it is extremely difficult to give it up.
For many reasons, eventually every archer will need to switch to another finger tab. Archer can lose them in the field, they will eventually wear out, and for younger archers you will get bigger and the finger tab just will not fit. Other reasons for changing finger tabs is because of necessity as better technology and features such as finger spacers and/or a finger tab shelf is needed.
Every archer should have a backup finger tab in their quiver or bow case, especially if you compete at any level. You should fit it to your hand and practice with it on the regular basis so that if disaster should happen at a tournament you are not learning how to use new equipment in competition.
Rarely does a finger tab fit perfect right off the shelf, so here are a couple of help you prepare your new finger tab.
- Adjust the length by cutting it down so that it only comes to the end of your fingers while you are holding the string. Young archers may want to leave a little extra since they grow faster.
- A little baseball glove softener will help start to loosen up a stiff leather finger tab or you can use a metal ruler to stretch the leather quicker
- For those finger tabs with three layers, you can remove the center rubber one to improve your ability to feel the string and speed up the work-in process
- For a finger tab with a shelf, adjust it to a comfortable height so it does not hurt your jaw on release
- For a finger tab with a spacer, you may need to grind it back if you feel it is interfering with your string on release
If you are in the market for a new or backup finger tab, check out Cartel Doosung’s new Midas Finger tab.
I’m using a BMA Finger tab and I absolutely love it! I know you have to promote Cartel products with them being your sponsor and all but I consider trying it out. It’s a bit expensive as it costs $50.