What Are Archery String Loops and How Do You Use Them?

When you take up archery, you need to ensure you have the correct equipment. It is fairly obvious that you need a bow of some sort and some arrows but there are plenty of other products to consider too. Archery string loops are an excellent idea to gain maximum accuracy.

What Are String Loops?

A string loop can also be referred to as a bow trigger loop or release rope and consists of a small piece of cord attached to the bow string.  This piece of cord is made from nylon and is braided for extra strength.  It should be secured just below the arrow nock.

Why Use an Archery String Loop?

A string loop will remove the upward pressure caused by archery releases, against the bow’s nocking points.  This pressure, coupled with the uncompromising pinch at full draw, can make your arrows fly in an erratic manner.  This means that even the most reliable of bows and arrows may not achieve the most accurate results, meaning a waste of your money and efforts.

Compound bows tend to be shorter and faster, having a very acute string angle when fully drawn. This means that this particular problem is worsened and therefore the use of a string loop is definitely recommended.

If you use an archery release aid, the constant wear and tear can very quickly cause damage to a bow string serving. A bow trigger loop eradicates this bow string wear, meaning you won’t spend precious time reserving a bow string more than you need to. This process is not only time-consuming but can get a little tedious also.

When your string loop starts to fray, you can just snip it off and attach a new one.  It is a very quick process to sight in with the new string loop, simply marking the exact spot to tie it on to.

By increasing your string loop’s length, you can very easily increase your bow’s draw length. Whether or not you prefer a shorter or longer draw length is down to personal taste and you will get a feel for this over time.

Using a larger string loop is a good choice for hunters, because it is very quick to attach your archery release to the loop.  If you suddenly see that whitetail walking past, you can easily and quickly prepare to draw, without the need for scrabbling around.

Who Uses String Loops?

It doesn’t matter if you are a hunter or a target archer, you will still reap the benefits from using an archery string loop. Approximately 80 per cent of archers use one, which says it all really.

How to Set up a String Loop

If you really don’t want to do this yourself, for whatever reason, you can take your bow to an archery shop and they will do it for you. However, it is an easy process to do yourself.

You can buy the material at an archery shop, online if this is easier for you, and it is not very expensive. If you don’t want to purchase a specific loop, you can just use a 2mm nylon cord. You should be able to find this in most outdoors shops.

Before you try to attach anything, take a look at where your arrow should be nocked. Rest your arrow on the bow rest and snap it onto the bow string. Slide the arrow to where you think it should be positioned and mark it with a pen. Take care to mark it above and below the nock, for greater accuracy.

Once you have removed the arrow, tie one end of your cord to the bowstring. This should be exactly on top of the mark you have made. It is advisable to use a ‘reverse half hitch knot’ to secure it in place. Tie the cord, with the same style of knot, to cover the other mark you made also. It is a good idea to keep the knots loose enough to change, until you have determined what length you want the string loop to be.

Place an arrow on the nock and adjust the knots, to make the nock fit tightly in between the nylon. You can tighten the knots using small pliers and then cut them. Be sure to leave approximately ¼-inch ends.

For this next bit, be sure to be very careful. Using a lighter, burn the ends of the knots to produce a small stump of nylon. This will create a sort of stopper, preventing the ends from falling back through the knots. You can even dab a bit of glue onto this stump, if this gives you greater peace of mind.

Once you have completed this set-up, it is a good idea to practice. This will allow you to test the new set-up, before either hunting or taking that important shot in a competition. Then follows paper tuning.

If you find that your nocking point is not quite in the right place, you can move the string loop along the bowstring serving very easily. This eliminates the need to remove an old metal nocking point and then secure a new one on, before then paper tuning. Make sure you always turn both of your knots at the same time, to keep the small gap the same size.

Once you are happy with your new set-up, you can use a thin piece of cotton to lock the string loop in place by serving above the top knot. If you prefer, you can always attach a metal nock above the higher knot instead, to keep the string loop secure.

Archery String Loops

There are many different options available to buy if preferred, but I have referenced 2 popular choices below:

SAS Arrow Release String D Loop

This is a pre-made D loop, requiring minimal skill and effort to attach and adjust.

You simply need to secure it to the bow string and you’re ready to go. Be warned though, the strings could be considered a little on the short side and it may be a little fiddley to tie them into a knot.


Pine Ridge Archery Nitro String Loop

To avoid this problem, it is a good idea to use a piece of material not already made into a string loop.

This premium braided material is easy to use and maintains its shape, without discolouring over time. The ends burn easily, allowing you to create that nylon ball to secure the knots properly.



Whatever you choose to use, make sure you use something. A string loop is an essential piece of equipment for archers all over the world.

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