The compound bow is the most modern bow, which allows very precise shots. Anyone considering buying a compound should first gain experience with a compound in a bow club. The compound must be specially adjusted to the archer, as otherwise peak shooting performance can never be achieved. The compound bow is very expensive to buy. Especially if the archer has not yet trained the necessary muscles, buying a compound can be very expensive because you have got the wrong material. In order to be able to advise someone in the purchase of a compound, one must first ask about the intentions, since a compound must fulfill different conditions for a “WA outdoors” competition than, for example, in “3-D archery” or “field archery”.
How to get started with a Compound
The compound bow for beginners does not exist, because the compound has to be adapted to the archer in its abilities, e.g. pull weight, pull-out, peep sight. This is not possible for beginners, because the extension length is not known or the archer knows too little about archery to name specific requirements. There are also significant differences in the release’s triggering mechanisms that must be taken into account in good advice.
The compound bow is superior to the recurve because all components are tuned to the archers, this can usually only be done by the specialist dealer as there are only limited tuning possibilities for the compound at home. Often you need a press to change the extension length.
The urgent recommendation is, therefore, to first visit an archery club with experienced archers and be led by a trainer.
If you still prefer to buy a compound, you should read the following lines on the subject of compounds, so that you have a basic knowledge and the purchase does not go completely down your pants.
The Compound Bow in a nutshell
The compound bow accelerates the arrows to speeds far beyond 300 fps and, due to this high arrow speed, also allows a target the size of a CD case to be hit safely at a distance of 90 meters. The compound sheet is pulled out with a tensile weight of up to 60 lbs, whereby the necessary force rapidly decreases after a short distance due to the deflection rollers. When fully extended, the archer only has to hold approx. 12 lbs (depending on the bow and the selected setting).
This means that only a peak force is required for a short time, which is why the compound bow is also suitable for less powerful people. Women can easily attach a compound with 30 – 40 lbs tensile force and thus also reach distances of 70 m (maximum competition distance for women). With the recurve bow you have to have at least 30 lbs on your finger, and you have to keep the weight in the pull-out fully, while the compound in the full pull-out only requires a part of the force from the archer.
Through the rollers (the cams) the energy of the limbs is transferred first gently and then with increasing force to the arrow. This form of power transmission is optimal for the arrow and does not compress the arrow as much as is the case with a recurve bow, for example. This is one of the reasons why the compound bow is so efficient compared to the recurve bow.
Unfortunately, humans can only open their fingers at a limited speed, which leads to the parallax of the tendon (strong oscillation of the tendon) in the recurve bow. When the arrow is released, the string swings to the left and right and transmits these vibrations to the arrow. For this reason, a release is used to release the compound bow. This is a release device that, once actuated, allows the tendon to move straight forward. That’s why the compound is so precise.
Furthermore, the compound bow is allowed to use a spirit level in the sight. This additional aid allows the compound bow shooter to keep the compound bow always straight, which is particularly advantageous when shooting uphill or downhill. In addition, a scope, a magnifying lens, is built into the sight. With this magnification, you can still see the target at long distances and thus shoot very accurately.
In compound bows, the extension length is precisely adjusted to the archer, which is why the identical force is always transmitted from the compound bow to the arrow. With a recurve bow, you have to find your “anchor”, i.e. the correct extension length; this process is fixed for a compound