Compound Bow Tips
So you’ve decided to buy a compound bow and have a new piece of equipment sitting in your closet… If you haven’t, here’s an article with 4 reasons why you should get a compound bow. Congratulations! It’s a big step forward in exploring the world of archery, and it’s great to be here to help you take the right path on this journey. If you’re new both to archery in general and compound bows in particular, this article is for you. If you’re experienced in archery but new to compound bows specifically . . . It’s still for you. Read on – there’s something for you to learn, either way.
Compound Bow Usage Tips
The first thing to keep in mind about a compound bow is that it’s designed to afford quite a bit of mechanical advantage. That is, you are significantly more capable of exerting maximal force on the strings of a compound bow than on those of a traditional longbow, due to the presence of pulleys and the like in the bow design. This allows you to pull with ease and release with full confidence in a powerful strike that will sink deep into the target. This ensures that you’ll be able to focus on shooting, aiming, and other facets of technique, rather than on trying to keep the string drawn, which is purely strength.
At the Range
Something to keep in mind about compound bows is that they don’t bend nearly as much as do longbows. They’re designed with relatively little in the way of gross curvature, in comparison to traditional longbows, which typically bow quite a bit (hence the name…) and are as tall as their users. There’s a reason for this: The tighter the material, the more powerful the restoring force that launches the arrow. Adding pulleys to the mix allows you to use rather stiff materials, since you have an advantage in drawing them, and results in compound bows that are, typically, relatively stiff. You can’t bank on the bow bending nearly as much as you would expect a longbow to bend, because . . . Well, it’s not a longbow, so it won’t bend like one.
Maintenance of a compound bow centers around the pulley and lever systems. Every time you shoot, be sure to check the state of the pulleys. Make sure the strings are in their grooves, ensure the pulley itself is well-lubricated, not loose, and ready to go; and check the levers for mechanical integrity, as well. This will ensure that your setup will function far into the future and present no problems in the short-term.
Fall in love with your bow. The best archers are the ones who look at their bows as partners in their quest for consistent bull’s or long flight shots, not those who see them as pieces of equipment that help them get through the day and nothing more. When you get your compound bow, learn to love it. You’ll be glad you did when you start bringing home awards for it, whether it be a golden trophy or a head on the wall.