A few days ago my TRU Ball Goat release malfunctioned. The hinge seemed to lock in place and failed to release. TRU Ball / Axcel will have the release in a day or so in order to make repairs and return it to me. In the meantime, I’ve been shooting a Tru-Fire thumb release during practice.
After the Goat broke I first shifted to an old Scott Longhorn Pro Advantage release. The rubber band that helps bring the hinge into the proper location to load an arrow busted after a few shots. I jiggled and flipped the release until the hinge had aligned with the little half moon to make ready, but that soon became old.
The next release in the trial queue is a Scott Black Hole. I skipped it and went to the Tru-Fire thumb.
The Tru-Fire thumb isn’t a bad release other than the model I own has no method to make the release hot or cold. You can move the knob for the thumb position, but the sensitivity is set.
I use the thumb method to trigger the Goat. But, I use back tension to activate the trigger. I feel more comfortable not using exclusively a hinge style back tension even though I initially shot that way. The Tru-Ball needs a rather significant depression on the thumb trigger to release as opposed to a whisper of movement, like with the Goat, making the switch a real challenge.
The Tru-Fire release seems to be more of hunting tool versus a pure target release. Even though I can practice with it the groups are obviously less tight. Points-wise the difference (averaged over 3 days using the True Fire; 360 arrows scored after 12 arrows warm-up. A total of 396 arrows shot after sighting on day 1) is 21 points lower than with the Goat against a vertical 3-spot at 18 meters.
Among the arrows shot using the Tru-Fire there were no scores less than 9 points. But, hitting the center 10 at 18-meters has been a frustrating activity. I decided to look deeper into the problem.
I went back to my data collected over the years when I used the Tru-Fire prior to getting the Goat. The larger data set showed that the points difference is only 12 points over 100s of recorded scores for both releases. Twelve points is a lot!
The Goat does work better for me. I expect once it is returned it will one day malfunction, again. There are a lot of parts and adjustment points on the release. It isn’t unforeseeable it will fail.
This year I’m on track to shoot around 34,500 arrows in practice. All my equipment is put to test over than many arrows. This is a main reason I wish I had multiple bows set up exactly the same, an abundance of arrows, and duplicate releases.
Clearly, I’ve got to reestablish the feel for the Tru-Fire while I wait for the Goat to be returned. That is one option. The other option is to grab the old Scott Black Hole and see how that performs.