Recurve Neck Tension – Causes and Solutions
Today’s post covers and extremely common issue which too many recurve archers face, especially when they first start shooting: too much neck tension. Its causes are simple, but fixing it can often take a long time. As a result, it’s worth getting it correct from the start.
You can watch the full video below and there’s also a written summary if you scroll down past the video.
Recurve Neck Tension – Video Overview
Recurve Neck Tension – The Causes
Excessive neck tension (which can eventually lead to pain) is often caused by using the upper trap muscles too much. When we draw the bow, we want to use the lower muscles of the back such as the lower traps and lats. This allows us much more room to get into alignment, reach real full draw and expand in a smooth, consistent manner.
There are two main reasons that could cause you to use the upper trap muscles too much: not having learnt the correct movement, or not being strong enough. 99% of archers fall into one of these categories.
If you’re not strong enough to use the right muscles, your body will still find a way to draw the bow. This will probably be using the upper traps, which causes excessive neck tension.