• Al Quackenbush

    Excellent tips Mark. Most pro shops I know charge $10-15 just to do this when it’s so simple to do at home!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Al. Not only will it save you some coin, but it could also save a hunt if you have a loop fail at the wrong time.

  • Kurtis Baus

    Hey Mark,

    I have a quick question about D-loops. I have been looking into trying out a thumb release and notice that some models have twisting heads and some don’t. For the releases that don’t have twisting heads (like a Spot Hogg Whipper Snapper and your Scott Exxus) would I need to have a different D-Loop so I can shoot with the thumb button facing down (palm facing out instead of palm facing down). I imagine there would be some twist in the D-Loop, is this something you’ve experienced before?

    • SoleAdventure

      Great question, Kurtis. The twist that your place in your release hand to reach a comfortable anchor point can introduce some twist in your d-loop, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into torque on the bow’s string. What you want to watch out for are really small d-loops and incredibly stiff loop materials; that combination won’t have enough “give” to twist without affecting the bow string. I have used quite a bit of BCY’s loop material (it’s the standard in most places), and haven’t had any problems.

      • Kurtis Baus

        What would a “really small” loop measure? I don’t have my bow with me at the moment and don’t know what the measure from string to end of loop is.

        • SoleAdventure

          There’s no one magic number to look for. It depends on the size of the release jaws, as well as how much twist/torque you happen to put on the loop at anchor. I’ve seen guys that make their loops so small that there’s barely enough room to clip/hook the release behind the nock – and those are the small loops that I would start to look closely at for string torque.

  • Doug Graver

    Now I know. Thanks Mark!

  • Wesley Levy

    Thanks for the tips! you’re right about the fact that once you do it a few times, it becomes second nature

  • Shane

    Hi, great tutorial. I’ve been battling a problem this summer that snuck up on. Over the summer, I started shooting low and couldn’t determine why. Then, after talking with my pro shop, discovered that, unbeknownst to me, he switched D loop material and as a result, the D loop started slowly moving up on my string raising my knocking point. My previous set up had the other D loop material and I never had that problem before. Can you recommend a D loop material that tightens up so much it will not move?

    Thanks, Shane