What are ‘fork hits’ and how can I avoid them?

FAQ, Safety, Shooting, Slingshots | 1 comment

A fork hit occurs when the projectile strikes the tip of the slingshot fork or frame. This is usually caused by a poor release and is easily avoided by learning proper technique.

Folks who insist on shooting the heaviest bands possible while learning generally have more issues with fork hits.  This is due to the fact that the resistance of the bands is so great that the pouch and projectile is snatched from the fingers without allowing the user to see and feel if the pouch tension is uneven combined with not keeping the frame properly aligned during release.  This is one of the reasons we recommend that folks learn their shooting technique using lighter weight bands.

Muscle memory that reinforces bad habits is tough to correct down the road.

Perfect practice makes perfect!