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Ravenwolf

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Hello, I wanted to ask if split finger shooters use the separator in there tab, or not? I am starting fresh in all areas and shooting some with out the separator. Best Ravenwolf
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I use a tab split fingered 
No don't like the seperator at all
 
Never could get along with a glove
 

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When I shoot a longbow I shoot split fingers, using a tab without separator. I used the separator until I took out the index from the "equation" - when I started to shoot split fingers with the index riding relaxed along the arrow I did not wanted/needed a separator.
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I use the Bateman cordovan tab with the spacer, but can and have shot without the spacer... Doesn't seem to make much difference.
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I started out years ago with a tab that had a hard rubber spacer. These days when I use a tab I use the Black Widow split finger tab. It has what they call fenders. Made from felt they are just enough protection for my fingers. My issue is an old injury to my index finger on the side which contacts the nock. You would think the hard rubber separator would work but doesn’t. The little “fenders” protect my finger and still give me a “feel” for the nock end of arrow. Another plus is cost, about $14. Some of the others I have tried ran about $35. There is one in that price range I have seen great reviews on, the Rick Barbee tab. He has a website if you want to check him out.
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I've never gotten used to using the spacer, so pull it out when I get a new tab.
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I do use a finger separator.

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Nearly sixty years with a tab and no spacer, no matter the bow.
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I prefer using them without the spacer. Feels uncomfortable with it in.
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No spacer for me.  I found the spacer to be awkward feeling.  I prefer to just feel the nock of the arrow lightly between the fingers.
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Do yourself a favor and get the Rick Barbee tab.  Very well made and not too expensive.  Frank
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I make my own tab.  No spacer.[wave]
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For side of face anchors, you MAY not need the spacer, I don't use one for that.  BUT, IF you haven't found a good relaxed hand string hook, you MAY need the spacer to keep from pinching the arrow nock which causes the arrow to fall off the rest. So you have to experiment with and without the spacer to find out.  By experiment, I mean shoot just with the spacer for a couple WEEKS then without for a couple WEEKS.  As in all things, just a few arrows will not be a valid test.

For target style shooters that use the under the jaw anchor (think Oly recurve here) the the spacer helps a LOT because you are pressing the index finger up onto the jaw bone so the spacer helps to keep the index finger up off the arrow nock.

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It hasn't made any difference to me. I shoot the same both ways.
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I prefer my tabs with no spacer but have friends that like them, so whatever feels the best to you.
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I always and only shoot split finger.  I routinely shoot with a Tab, but I have several gloves that I rarely use just for a change of pace.  My favorite tabs are the cheapest that I can find calf hair tabs from several different companies (usually from $6 to $12).  They last forever, so I have a number of them.  They work just as well after they have bald spots where the calf hair has completely worn off.  So I do not believe the calf hair is a crucial benefit.  They also have spacers.  I do not utilize the spacers.  I do not believe that the spacers are a benefit for me.  But similar to a 3-under shooter having no problem using a split-finger tab, I do not find that the spacer gets in my way or inhibits my shooting in any way.  I like these tabs because they are cheap and pliable.  They work just as well as the more expensive tabs for me.  I can easily wad them up into a shirt pocket, pants pocket, or a storage partition in a quiver or backpack.  Much of my bowhunting gear has a calf hair tab stuck somewhere in it.

 

I have caught the enthusiasm from other archers ballyhooing the virtues of their favorite tab (usually much more expensive) such that I have purchased a few.  The expensive tabs do not function better for me.  The expensive tabs gather dust while I continue to use my calf hair tabs.  I have cordovan tabs that are fine, but no better than my calf hair tabs for me.  I have an Olympic style tab.  The Olympic tab was very expensive.  I could have purchase ten calf hair tabs.  The Olympic tab has metal parts that index the string, hold one’s hand in the correct shape, and has a spacer.  It is awful for me. It is uncomfortable to use and transport.  It is inconvenient to store.  I must assume that I just don’t have the archery skill required to appreciate the advantages of such an Olympic tab.


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Fallhunt, I got caught up in that fancy tab moment as well. Your enthusiasm for the calf hair tab equals mine with the BW tab. But when it works and fits the pocket book it’s even better.
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Fallhunt....May I suggest you take the spacer out on the Olympic style tab as they work just fine without. Additionally with those tabs you can unscrew them and replace the tab material with a material of your choice. I’ve used the smooth skin from the belly of a shark,( really smooth release) also stingray hide which is phenomenal.
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Fallhunt....May I suggest you take the spacer out on the Olympic style tab as they work just fine without. Additionally with those tabs you can unscrew them and replace the tab material with a material of your choice. I’ve used the smooth skin from the belly of a shark,( really smooth release) also stingray hide which is phenomenal.


Thanks.  Good suggestions.

 

But the thing I dislike the most about the Olympic tab is the metal.  By the way, the Olympic tab works just as well as a calf hair tab plus provides a clean release.  I just do not like the price or metal component.  By far my biggest dislike of the Olympic tab is having any metal in my tab.  I do not believe it is possible to use the Olympic tab without any remaining metal component.  I only now use the Olympic tab to show interested family and friends what an Olympic tab looks like up close and personal.  I no longer use the Olympic tab for shooting.


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Fallhunt, I got caught up in that fancy tab moment as well. Your enthusiasm for the calf hair tab equals mine with the BW tab. But when it works and fits the pocket book it’s even better.


I have never tried the Black Widow Tab for split-finger, but it looks great.  Good price.  No metal.  No spacer.  Three layer protection.  Black Widow quality.  The Black Widow Tab even appears to have less metal than my calf hair tabs.  My calf hair tabs do have a metal rivet.  I doubt that I will switch to a Black Widow Tab only because I can readily easily pick up a calf hair tab just about anywhere that sells archery supplies.  I certainly will keep Black Widow Tabs in mind as a good, possibly superior, alternative to my calf hair tabs at a very reasonable price.


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I would try one with a spacer. Yeah, it will probably feel weird at first but after a week or so you won’t even notice. I think it could only help your release. I would recommend the Safari Tuff tab.
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I shoot with and without spacer and it doesn't seem to make any difference.  OTOH, a tab that does not fit makes a big difference.  Just last week I lost the only one in the kit that has a spacer and probably won't replace it.  My homemade ones are simple and quick to make and work very well.
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  No spacer for me.
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