Tell me about the big picture of how to hold the slingshot.
OK, we know the release is important. How about the frame hand?
The question is how best to hold the slingshot. This question is specifically referring to the frame holding hand when shooting. One of the questions we received on this topic was specifically asking about how to hold an Ocularis slingshot, but our answer will apply to any slingshot.
Other forms of the same question were specifically about follow-through when shooting a slingshot.
The answer regarding follow-through is to make sure that you’re doing it the same way every single time you shoot your slingshot. One thing that is particularly helpful when considering how one holds slingshot frame is to make sure you are engaging the major muscle groups in the back instead of just in the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, etc. Anyone who is engaged in archery knows the importance of the back muscles. But the same is true with slingshot shooting.
When you’re shooting, imagine trying to squeeze your shoulder blades together to hold a baseball or orange sized sphere. You’ll be on track to where you need to be to be consistent in your stance and slingshot frame hold.
So to summarize, a huge part of follow through/stance/frame hand holding is to pay attention to the muscle tension in the major muscles of the back.
Next, (you’ve heard this 1 million times from us, right?) The important thing is that you can consistently reproduce your stance when shooting a slingshot. Whether we’re talking follow through or simply how you hold the slingshot, repetition and consistency is key.
One question many slingshot shooters have is whether the frame hand should be anchored firmly or whether there should be a slick in the slingshot holding hand. Well, our answer will be the same in the long run: whatever works for you is best for you and whatever you do, do it consistently.
But a few pointers. If you’re shooting a pickle style slingshot or a PFS, you are very likely to incorporate a flick in your frame hold/follow through. This is an important part of shooting pickle style or PFS. However, if you are shooting a forked frame – for example a Scout LT – the flick is not necessary and is only productive if it is a style that works specifically for you and is something you can do regularly and consistently when shooting a slingshot.
So, even if you’re using a through the forks slingshot set up, you can still achieve incredible accuracy with a flick. If we had to recommend a style to learn, we would recommend a strong anchor hand, but as always, whatever works for you is best for you.
So in summary, the best stance and frame hold is one where everything is aligned, everything is stable, everything is locked down. That may not be what works best for you but that is the ideal situation. Remember to focus on those large back muscles giving you lots of stability in your stance and shot.
Whatever you do, just do it consistently.