Tips & Tutorials

Tips & Tutorials


Flat Band Measuring


It is important to measure and cut your flat bands to the required length before attaching them, based on your draw length. Your draw length is the distance between the slingshot frame and anchor point when you are comfortably drawing the bands ready to shoot.

The length you should cut your bands to can be quickly calculated by measuring your draw length and dividing this measurement by 5 e.g. 80cm draw length = 16cm band length (please note that this calculation is a rough guide based on our band sets and you may find your band length may need to be smaller or larger depending on the types of bands you use, the type of slingshot and your shooting style.)

For further information on how to measure and cut your bands to size please see the additional links at the bottom of this page


Band Assembly/Fitting Instructions:


Click here to download our Flat Bands Instructions PDF


Click here to download our Square Bands Instructions PDF (can also be used as a guide for fitting tubes)


For further information on how to attach different band sets to your slingshot frame, please see the additional links at the bottom of this page


Band Types:


There are 3 main types of bands used on slingshots; Flat Bands, Tubes and Square Bands. They all have their own advantages and attaching methods however which one is "better" depends more on experience and personal preference. Any of these band types can be used for shooting targets or hunting with the right technique however some might be considered more appropriate depending on ammo type and the slingshot frame.


Flat Bands

Flat latex or rubber bands are very popular and come in various thicknesses and widths. These bands can be bought ready made in TTF or OTT configuration with the leather/fabric ammo pouch attached in the correct way, and are often sold as single or double sets (using two strips each side between the forks and the ammo pocket), or you can make your own. The flat band sets we sell are made from Theraband Gold, other proprietary latex compounds or American gum rubber and each material has its own characteristics and advantages depending on your shooting style and personal preferences.


Tubes and Square Bands

Latex and rubber tubes are the next type of bands available for slingshots. These also come in various widths and thicknesses and we sell separate lengths to be made in to band set as well as ready-made single and looped sets. More traditional thick square rubber bands which have a lot more resistance are also available.



Fork Types:


OTT (Over-The-Top)

The bands are fixed horizontally along the top of the forks so the shot is fired over the top. The OTT bands are set up with the bands attached at a 90° angle to the pouch so that the ammo pouch remains vertical and the bands stay horizontal when shooting.


TTF (Through-The-Fork)


The bands are set up vertically on the outside edges of the forks so that the shot is fired through the forks. The TTF bands are set up with the bands attached in line with the pouch so both the bands and the pouch remain vertical when shooting.


Many new catapults offer the ability to set up OTT or TTF bands (sometimes called Universal Forks) and new fork attachment systems such as the Ocularis™ plugs and Thumb-Screw Clip systems allow for quick adjustment to suit your preferences.



Aiming and Shooting:


Facing approximately 90° to your target, keep your feet shoulder-width apart and aim towards the target while pulling horizontally to your anchor point before releasing. Everyone has slight variations to their approach depending on size and shooting style and its important to try adjusting your methods slightly until you feel comfortable shooting and your aiming improves.

We've added a printable target below which you can use to practice your shooting and we've included extra links at the bottom of this page with more advice from the pros. We're going to be constantly improving this page with more tips and information so please check back here regularly.



Click here to download our printable Pro-Shot shooting target


We've gathered together a collection of informative links below to help you further (thanks to all the creators of these pages and their helpful videos)



Band Making and Measuring:

The Slingshot Channel's Theraband Gold Calculator

"How to find your catapult draw length and active band length" video tutorial by Gamekeeper John

"Slingshot Bands Tutorial: Draw Length" video tutorial by Simple Shot®

"Slingshot Tutorial: Active Band Length" video tutorial by Simple Shot®



Band/Elastic Assembly Videos:

 "How to make and and fit TTF catapult elastic to a frame" video tutorial by Gamekeeper John

"Wrap & Tuck" method tutorial by Simple Shot®



Shooting advice:

"Shooting Stance" video tutorial by Simple Shot®

"Anchor Point" video tutorial by Simple Shot®

Gamekeeper John's Aiming tutorial



Instruction manuals:


"Ocularis™ Plug Video Owner's Manual" by Simple Shot®

"FlipClips™ Instructional Video" for The Scout® by Simple Shot®

(more manuals for Simple Shot® products can be found at https://simpleshot.academy/owners-manuals)