When it comes to archery, the configuration of your D-loop and nocking points can significantly impact your accuracy and overall shooting experience.

Here’s a comprehensive look at different styles of D-loops, their configurations, and their effects based on my experiences and knowledge in tuning.

Different Ways To Nock An Arrow

Different Ways To Nock An Arrow

1. Tide Nocking Point Under the Arrow with D-Loop

This setup involves tying a nocking point under the arrow with a D-loop around it. The top of the arrow rests against the D-loop while the nock is underneath.

This style is favored by many, especially target archers using launcher blades or lizard tongues. The downward pressure helps keep the arrow on the rest, improving accuracy and reducing the frustration of arrows jumping off. However, there are downsides.

The D-loop is one of the most wearable parts of the bow, and frequent replacement is necessary. If the D-loop isn't re-tied exactly the same, it can alter the nock height, requiring adjustments in tuning and scale. It's crucial to tie the D-loop material symmetrically around the string to avoid lifting or pushing down the nock due to string twists over time.

2. Single Tied Nocking Point

In this configuration, a single nocking point is tied with the release directly under the arrow. This setup provides consistent downward pressure and is easy to replace. However, clipping the release directly onto the string increases wear on the serving, necessitating more frequent replacements.

3. Clint Freeman's No-Torque Loop

Clint Freeman's no-torque loop, also known as the "Clint loopy," is a unique style where the loop turns flat. This system allows the loop to be oriented differently, which can be beneficial in certain situations. It was particularly favored by Freeman for shooting hinge releases. However, it can be tricky to create and isn’t as practical for hunting scenarios.

4. Double Tied Nocks with D-Loop

My preferred setup involves tying two nocks above and below the arrow, with a D-loop in between. This method ensures that replacing the D-loop doesn’t alter the tuning since the nocking points remain constant. This setup also allows for adjustments in draw length without changing the nock position.

Why I Prefer Double Tied Nocks with D-Loop:

1. Consistency: Tied nocks provide consistent downward pressure, aiding in accuracy.

2. Durability: The D-loop is easier to replace without affecting tuning.

3. Flexibility: Adjusting draw length without changing nock points is possible.

4. Pressure Distribution: Having three tied nocks on top and four on the bottom provides optimal pressure and positions the release hook correctly in relation to the arrow nock.

My Final Thoughts

Choosing the right D-loop and nocking point configuration depends on your specific needs and preferences. Each setup has its pros and cons, affecting factors like accuracy, wear and tear, and ease of replacement. Through my experiences, I’ve found that the double tied nocks with a D-loop provide the best balance of durability, flexibility, and accuracy.

Experiment with different styles to find the one that works best for you, keeping in mind the impact on tuning, wear, and shooting consistency. Happy shooting!