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Contributors to this thread:
JB 12-Jan-24
Mule Power 12-Jan-24
Murph 12-Jan-24
x-man 12-Jan-24
KY EyeBow 12-Jan-24
Shug 12-Jan-24
Gileguy 12-Jan-24
Shug 12-Jan-24
JB 12-Jan-24
Mathewsphone 12-Jan-24
grizzly 12-Jan-24
Z Barebow 12-Jan-24
JB 12-Jan-24
x-man 13-Jan-24
TREESTANDWOLF 13-Jan-24
Ziek 13-Jan-24
Murph 13-Jan-24
midwest 13-Jan-24
Grey Ghost 13-Jan-24
Blood 13-Jan-24
Bowaddict 13-Jan-24
Bou'bound 13-Jan-24
grizzly 13-Jan-24
JB 13-Jan-24
caribou77 14-Jan-24
Mule Power 14-Jan-24
Grey Ghost 14-Jan-24
Ziek 14-Jan-24
Bou'bound 14-Jan-24
butcherboy 14-Jan-24
Ambush 14-Jan-24
Murph 14-Jan-24
DanaC 15-Jan-24
x-man 15-Jan-24
Jaquomo 15-Jan-24
x-man 15-Jan-24
wyobullshooter 15-Jan-24
JB 14-Feb-24
x-man 14-Feb-24
Matt 14-Feb-24
From: JB
12-Jan-24
Now that the season is over it's time to tinker. I am shooting an Elite 35 Energy. Looking to change from the factory grip. Advice would be greatly appreciated.

From: Mule Power
12-Jan-24
Death grip

From: Murph
12-Jan-24
Tennis racket tape on bare riser

From: x-man
12-Jan-24
Whatever is the slipperiest. You don't want your hand to twist/torque the bow at all during the draw.

From: KY EyeBow
12-Jan-24
+1 Murph

From: Shug
12-Jan-24
I use the Matthews focus grip ( very small) then wrap it with a couple wraps of athletic tape

From: Gileguy
12-Jan-24
In the Walmart pharmacy area I found some foam tape that stretches a bit & really sticks. Shoot my Mathews better with the grip replaced with a layer of this. Shiny surface keeps me from torqueing which was always a problem for me.

From: Shug
12-Jan-24

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From: JB
12-Jan-24
Some interesting responses. Thank you! I have discovered that I have a torgue problem which lead me here. Looks like I have some work to do.

From: Mathewsphone
12-Jan-24
Hockey sticky tape .pull the grip and rap

From: grizzly
12-Jan-24
Remove the grip and reduce the torque.

From: Z Barebow
12-Jan-24
Death grip +1.

An added perc for me was a great grip for sub zero bowhunting.

From: JB
12-Jan-24
I'm not seeing the Death Grip for Elite on their website?

From: x-man
13-Jan-24
Please avoid any "tape" wrap if you are worried about torque. They meant well but that's horrible advice.

13-Jan-24

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I removed the stock grip and added side plates with grip tape. I prefer the “ riser” feel and after I installed the grip tape, it felt extremely comfortable. After tinkering a few times, I wrapped it correctly avoiding heavy overlapping. I could not be happier with the comfort and results.

Keep tinkering. What works for some, doesn’t work for others.

From: Ziek
13-Jan-24
Tennis racket tape...hockey stick tape, on a bow grip?! Those are designed to keep the device from rotating. That's just the opposite of what you should want in a bow grip. It should be able to rotate and settle to the SAME neutral position every time you draw. That is the best, and possibly only way, to achieve a consistent draw position. It's why many use a wrist strap to allow an open hand, or loose fingers to capture the bow on release without influencing where the bow settles at the pressure point of your grip. Actually, "grip" on a bow is a terrible definition. The last thing you want is to grip it. Padding/tape may be more comfortable to carry, but it's not the best for accurate shooting. You may be able to learn to use it with adequate results, but why add another variable?

From: Murph
13-Jan-24
By removing the grip and taping the riser you are creating a flat square sided spot for your hand rounded grips are notorious for the inconsistencies many refer to as torque, you can easily achieve a torque free grip that is repeatable with tape it all goes back to mechanics and a relaxed hand position, a hack i picked up from Tim Gillingham is putting an O ring on the front of your riser under the tape that you can reference with your index finger to start from the same spot every time with positive feedback, little tweaks like that have helped me more then anything, as we all know it’s about repeatability..

From: midwest
13-Jan-24

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Levi sticks tread tape to his grip.

From: Grey Ghost
13-Jan-24
I'm in the camp that thinks any type of tape that makes the grip less slippery is a bad idea.

Matt

From: Blood
13-Jan-24
I’m in the opposite camp with the tape. I think you need some tackiness to keep consistency once you figure out how to place your hand. I don’t want my bow slipping in my hand at the moment of truth.

For target archery, sure, go for it. But for bow hunting - I like removing the grip and wrapping with tape made for bow hunting, like others have already mentioned. You’ll figure it out once you start tinkering.

From: Bowaddict
13-Jan-24
Definitely in the less tacky group. Hand slides into same spot/position every time before the draw!

From: Bou'bound
13-Jan-24
At least people are aligned on the solution for your question JB. are you glad you asked

From: grizzly
13-Jan-24
When I pull back with no grip and no tape, the riser settles into my hand consistently and then it ups to me to not induce torque. I leave the fingers in a relaxed position and think about my hand as a Y that is pointing to the target. Opening the fingers or closing the fingers cause stress. Whatever works for you.

From: JB
13-Jan-24
I am glad I asked Bou. Not sure what route I am headed, but there's a lot of tips and things I wouldn't have thought of.

From: caribou77
14-Jan-24
I have thin hockey tape on mine. I tried without for about a week and found I am much less accurate with a smooth grip, my hand just slid to much

From: Mule Power
14-Jan-24
Tacky grip means the bow is going to move with the slightest change and wrist or finger position. I’m in the camp of more slippery the better. Death grip souls that problem. Moving the grip doesn’t move the bow. Genius.

From: Grey Ghost
14-Jan-24
Your bow hand should basically be a fulcrum, nothing more. Your hand should be completely relaxed to the point that the bow jumps out of your hand when you shoot. If you squeeze the grip in any way, you are introducing torque.

Search for Randy Ulmer's article about the proper bow grip.

Matt

From: Ziek
14-Jan-24
The only way to consistently get perfect alignment of the bowstring with the power stroke (no induced torque), is to allow the bow to find that point due to the physics of the draw. That requires as little friction as possible in the grip. I just don't understand the bow slipping in your hand. Slipping where? It can't go up or down before or during the important part of the shot due to the grip's throat. It can't go left or right because its lightly captured in the pocket between fingers and thumb. It can only rotate into perfect alignment. You can still influence high and low arrow flight by changing wrist position, high or low, but hey, you need to learn some consistency in your grip. If dropping the bow is the concern you are probably grabbing for it on release. That WILL affect accuracy. Use a wrist strap and get use to that feeling.

From: Bou'bound
14-Jan-24
Looks like the “it must be slippery” team is winning over the “it must be sticky” faction by about 2:1

From: butcherboy
14-Jan-24
How about the team that doesn’t do “sticky” or “slippery”? Lol

From: Ambush
14-Jan-24
^^^ Its either sticky or slick. No transgrips. No nonbinary tape. One or the other.

From: Murph
14-Jan-24

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What did Bon Jovi say

From: DanaC
15-Jan-24

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Can't help wonder why you're not trying to duplicate the grips used by top Olympic style shooters.

From: x-man
15-Jan-24
Probably because olympic style shooters are shooting recurves with fingers and they need paradox.

From: Jaquomo
15-Jan-24
When I had a Mathews I replaced the grip with a "torqueless" grip and it changed everything for the better. Don't need it with the Bowtech.

From: x-man
15-Jan-24
It should be noted that tournament archers can use sticky grips because they do everything exactly the same every shot, and they don't shoot BH's(don't need FP's and BH's to hit same POI). Rarely do you get to duplicate that shot sequence while hunting.

15-Jan-24
I don't want mine too slick, but I want my hand to be able to slide ever so slightly into my sweet spot as I settle in. Definitely no tape for me.

15-Jan-24
What would John Daly say

Torque, Smorq !

Grip it and rip it :>)))))

From: JB
14-Feb-24

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Circling back around on the grip. I settled on a torgueless grip. Thanks Lou. It is somewhat slick allowing me to slide my hand into position. Top of the grip sits between my thumb and first finger which helps to get the same position each shot. I am also working on better hand form. So far so good but definitely a work in progress.

From: x-man
14-Feb-24
Looks good. Make sure that sling isn't tight at all. That's a safety device, not a stabilizer. :)

From: Matt
14-Feb-24
I yank the grip and shoot off the riser.

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