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XXV. On the blow of the string on the chin of the archer, or on his ear, and the remedies thereof

THE chin of the archer may be hit by the string because of one of seven things: a feeble loose; inclination of the upper siyah toward the arrow; projection of the lower part of the bow beyond the right measure; playing with his head when his hand reaches his shoulder during the draw; sticking his chin toward the string; pressing his right hand against his face; and too strong a bow.

These can be remedied by carefully avoiding their causes. Should the hitting persist, it will do so because of the ignorance of the archer, in which case he should turn his face a little away from the string, even though this is an acknowledged fault, and should endeavor both to rectify anything wrong, or better, scrupulously to avoid it. When he has finally mastered all these things, he should discontinue the practice of turning his face away from the string because, as we have already mentioned, that practice is a fault.

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