My First Finger Tab Experience
When I first started just after purchasing my first bow, I didn’t buy a finger tab at the same time as my initial kit. I think the problem was that I just didn’t think I needed one, as when you have just done a beginners class on 16lb limbs and you didn’t use a tab on the course you don’t think you need to use a tab at all – well I didn’t.
The first time at my archery club I wore a white Mizuno golf glove instead. It was nice and thin but within a couple of sessions of archery that golf glove was getting torn up. So now I needed to a get a finger tab, but which tab, what size? I ended up buying an A&E standard tab that most people seemed to use in a medium. I tried it out and hated it, so what now?
Well, I did not want to spend too much, in case I hated the next finger tab as well. I ended up purchasing a Decut HockII tab and have never looked back. In total I now have 4 of them.
Medium or Large Finger Tab?
I began by ordering a medium tab, as I did not think I had large hands. But once I discovered the Fivics Finger Tab hand size guide it turns out I do have a ‘large’ hand in the eyes of Fivics. So, I ordered a larger sized HockII finger tab and tried it out. But in the end it just seemed a little too large, even though the size difference between the medium and large is not that great. I did make a video about checking your finger tab hand size so you can watch it on my archery YouTube channel.
Decut Hock II Finger Tab Set Up
I began using the Decut HockII buy adding the thumb rest right to the top so that metal was along my jawbone, but I found it too painful after a while, so moved it down so now my thumb sits on top of the rest and my thumb fits under my jaw line instead of the metal.
I also added the small finger ‘pinkie’ hook on the bottom, and shot with it in place for many years, even when it started to put a hole in my quiver pocket. But eventually I removed it, as I thought it was making my hand and wrist tip forwards as I didn’t know if my little finger was adding pressure onto the tab, which it’s not supposed to do.
Decut HockII Finger Tab Backups
I have a few of the Decut HockII tabs, as I have two bows, but also in order to have a backup so that if anything goes wrong, I still have another tab which is not brand new, but has some or equal wear to it, so it does not seem strange and ‘new’ when I swap between them.
Decut HockII YouTube Video
If you are interested in watching a video of this article, I have made a video all about the Decut Hock II finger tab on my archery YouTube channel. Do not forget to like and subscribe to my channel, whilst you are there.