The Nocking Point and the String Loop
- A nocking point (nock locating device) is most popular on recurve bows, longbows, or bows that are not using a release aid for shooting. It can be as simple as a small wrap of string or as elaborate as a rubber and brass band pinched onto the string at the appropriate spot.
- A string loop is often used as the nocking point when archers are using a release aid and are shooting short axle-to-axle compound bows.
- In order to shoot consistently, the location where the arrow joins the bowstring must be the same with each shot and with all shafts. Proper placement of the nocking point or string loop is an important part of tuning a bow for the best arrow flight and accuracy.