Will this help or hinder? Does it work? The bow good? The app any good?
Any type of practice CAN be detrimental including blind bale shooting etc. just depending on how it's done.
One good thing for a newbie bowhunter is the simulated hunt feature, where it provides multiple opportunities to watch animals in all sorts of angles, walking, stopping, picking a spot and determining shot angles and learning a surprise (or semi-surprise) release. I could see how it would be great for someone with TP as well, as part of the rehab from that disease.
I never tried the video game option where you shoot for score against other shooters. The app is easy to use and gives choices of all sorts of critters to "hunt", and I do that sometimes, while other times just picking spots and releasing without the phone attached to the device.
One downside is that it draws more like a recurve or longbow, rather than breaking-over like a compound. So you set the holding weight similarly to the holding weight on your bow. It is not a strength-building tool per se, but more of a tool for developing and fine-tuning shooting discipline. But it is so easily adjustable that it will also build strength if that's a goal.
Since it's tough for me to shoot outdoors very often in winter where I live in the high mountains due to near-constant wind, I have incorporated the Accubow into my every-other-day indoor workout regimen.
Is it perfect? Nope. Is it useful? Yep. Will it get him more interested in shooting to hunt? Very possible, after spending some time "hunting and shooting" animals on the app. PM me if you want to talk more in detail.
I am not sure if the thing will register such actions or not?
Maybe I will let him try one…
Chris, this is basically a widely adjustable exercise band with a string loop on a riser, except with a semi-lifelike hunting app so you can practice your release and anticipation on "animals" while rehabbing. What I did for rehab was what you are suggesting. Started out very low and gradually worked my way up in holding weight. Later I dropped it back down to approximate the holding weight on my compounds for stretching before the hunt and also working on my release when I can't shoot a bow due to weather.
Shug, sorry, you have to have a strong opinion even if you know nothing about it, have never used it or even held one in your hand. That's how the internet works.