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PostSubject: off balance tower shield   Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:34 am

I made a tower shield over the summer, only I managed to make it so that the bottom of the shield will lean towards me whenever I use it. Any advise on how to fix it?
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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:52 pm

is the strap for ur arm parallel to the ground or at an angle? you will have more control of the vertical movement

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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:47 pm

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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:16 pm

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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:52 pm

sorry i looked at your shirt please dont kill your self!!! your not alone!

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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:59 pm

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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:21 pm

I would angle the handles more steeply, I like handles around 30 degrees above horizontal. If you take your left arm and make a fist, then do a kind of salute where you bring your fist to your chest, you can gauge how steep you can comfortably mount a handle, and the steeper you make it the more control you'll have over the bottom.
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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:57 am

Tighten the straps. A good set of tight straps will improveyour shield work amazingly.
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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:30 am

Orrin None-son wrote:
Tighten the straps. A good set of tight straps will improve your shield work amazingly.
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The straps should be as tight as you can get then, especially the one for your fist. You want the back of the shield to fit snugly against your knuckles so that rotating your wrist rotates the shield. unfortunately, there's not much else I know of that you can do. My first tower shield had this problem, and that's all I could do about it. Basically any shield that's heavier on the bottom than the top will do this. (meaning basically any tower shield that has arm straps) You just have to build up your arm so that you can hold it out away from your body with your wrist.
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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:31 am

how would ya recommend to tighten straps? I just used a taekwondo belt (none matter 'cept for my black belt) tried to tighten by just adding layers of foam... I now have 3 layers on my arm and 4 for my hand
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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:32 am

the only other thing I could think of is to drill another 2 holes in my shield and attach a strap to be on my shoulder
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PostSubject: Re: off balance tower shield   Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:21 pm

personally i think adding the layers of foam under the straps is making the problem bigger. my towershield also leans in a little at the bottom too, i would take off ur straps, and make them tighter by leaving less slack to hold onto. i highly recommend putting on a hoodie and then making ur straps snug to that, that way u still can fight in the cooler weather. YOu don't have to drill new holes, just make new holes in ur handles that are further in

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