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How to shoot a compound bow

Bow Parts

Riser: It holds the limbs and provides a place for a handle and mounts the arrow rest, stabilizer, and sights. This needs to be light and strong and shouldn’t flex at all.

Limbs: The parts that flex, storing and releasing energy.

Cams: You can have one cam, two cams or hybrid cams. Single cams are easy to pull and easy to adjust, but not as fast. Two cams are harder to pull and harder to synchronize, but are as fast as possible. Hybrid cams give you the power of two with the ease of adjustment of one.

Bowstring: You pull on it to rotate the cams, flex the limbs, and when you release, it launches the arrow. Modern bow strings are made from materials that won’t stretch.

Cables: These connect the limbs to the cams, letting them to pull on each other.

Cable Slide: This holds the cables off to one side, away from the path of the arrow.

Brace Height: The distance between the middle of the grip and the string, at rest. The shorter this distance is, the longer the distance the string remains in contact with the arrow. The shorter the brace height, the longer the string gives power to the arrow, which is better for faster speeds. But, the longer the string remains in contact with the arrow, the longer movement from the shooter can be transferred to its flight.

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The first thing you’ll need to do with your bow is shoot it in, which gets any stretch out of the brand new string.

At the same time that you’re sighting in, you’ll need to be practicing form and follow through. The main points are to stand with your feet aligned perpendicular to the target and shoulder width apart. Do not fully extend your bow arm, keep some flex in it. Also don’t tightly grip the bow.

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Draw the bow with your elbow high, hand flat and relaxed. Find consistent anchor points on your face for the string and trigger the release smoothly. Hold the bow completely still as you watch the arrow travel downrange and impact the target; that’s the follow through that’s so crucial to accuracy.

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