Originally Posted by luci2also
If it were merely an (pardon the pun) off hand side plot it might not matter and you also might question why its there.
I say plot device, it's really so it can massively set up rivalry with the woman who does the finger chopping
Originally Posted by Vertigo
Shouldn't really matter which hand. You (normally) don't use the little finger when drawing and you don't need to grip the bow all that fiercely when shooting. Basically you only hold it itght enough to stop from dropping the bow after the loose; whilst drawing the bow the tension holds it into your hand. Most modern competition archers use a wrist or finger strap (I use the finger one) to 'catch' the bow and actually shoot with a completely open left hand.
The reason for this is so that any tensions in your left arm when you loose have minimal effect upon the bow itself and so is less likely to snatch the arrow off target. Gripping the bow too tightly can cause all sorts of nasty jerks in the bow as the arrow is flying past it.
Thank you very much! As a more general question, would losing the little finger have a massive impact (more than the middle two fingers) on day-to-day life? I have never thought about my pinky as much until now, but when I imagine it not there, I think it might be a wee bit problematic.