Consistently using a clicker is one of the most difficult things for an archer to master, however once mastered you will love your clicker. Check out my earlier blogs about clickers and learning to shoot with a clicker.
Recently, one of my readers asked:
This is a bit late of a response, but I’ve started my clicker training and one of the things I’m having trouble with is nocking the arrow behind the clicker. I move the clicker with my fingers while nocking my arrow, but every time I do so, I move its position.
First, there are three types of clickers…
The clicker is mounted directly on the risers and is still relatively vertical about 1-2 inches beyond the pluger/ pressure button.
Extended Riser-mounted clickers
The clicker is still mounted to the riser however the click arm is adjusted horizontally beyond the face of the risers (1-3 inches beyond the front edge of the riser).
The clicker is mounted to the arm of the sight and is used for archers whose arrows are well beyond the face of the riser (2-10 inches beyond the front edge of the riser at full draw).
Ideally, the clicker should be positioned as vertical as possible and should extended a couple of mm beyond the bottom of the arrow. If the clicker sits on the top half of the arrow it may apply downward pressure and cause inconsistent arrow flight. So select a clicker that can be mounted as vertical as possible.
Next, I suggest you mark your riser/sight arm so you can ensure the clicker position before every use. Part of your pre-game bow assembly is to verify the clicker is in the correct position and the screws are tight secured. If you are still noticing that your clicker is still constantly moving the screws may not be providing a tight fit. Try replacing the attaching screw or add a locking or plastic washer.
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I am into recurve archery but never learned to use a clicker. I know that i have 28-1/2 draw lenght but my arrows are 30″ long. is it ok to use a sight mounted clicker or do i need to have the arrows cut? i see in your site’s pic that you use a sight mounted clicker. Why?
I use a sight mounted clicker because of my arrow length. Your arrow length is the first thing that you need to make sure is correct. A clicker is a draw length checker, a simple tool to assist you to make sure you draw the arrow the same amount every time.
Isn’t arrow length and draw length the same? An Easton chart showed arrow length to be measured from the outside face of the riser up to the nocking point on a full draw. Can arrow length also extend beyond the riser hence the sight-mounted clicker? I was thinking of using the sight-mounted clicker to avoid the task of having the arrows cut to size. Thanks
Arrow length depends on many things and yes it can extend beyond the riser face; especially for young archers.
Check out my series about ARROWS (https://jordansequillion.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/arrows-the-series-this-time-its-personal/)
Jordan, I have not started clicker training yet. Is there a particular type you feel is best for beginners? Thanks!
It is best to get your arrow length correct and then select a type to match your arrow length.
I would like to get to know you. I’ve seen you compete at OFSAA for the last 2 years. And we share a similar interest; working hard and training for the next 7 years or so for the possibility to qualify for the 2020 olympics. I have not started archery at an early age as you have but our age is only about 1 year apart I think. I want to share my archery experiences with you.
Sure… Anything that you want to share would be welcome.
Thank you, this is good article