Archery Freaks


Glossary of words that you stumble across in magazine's and online that you may or may not know.
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mechanical blade- An arrow point (broadhead) with two or more blades usually used for hunting, that open on impact.

nocking loop- Loop placed around nocking point. This protects your string from being damaged by the release aid but the downside is , it reduces speed slightly.

nocking point- Location where arrow sits on the bowstring.

nocking points- Objects placed on the bowstring used to keep the arrow in place and keep the nocking point consistent.

parabolic fletch- A feather or vane that has a round back shape.

peep sight- The peep sight is placed on or in the bowstring and the sight pins and target are viewed through the peep. Sight pins should be centered in the peep. Small peeps help you gain accuracy but don't let alot of light in. Hunter's generally apt for larger diameter peeps.

power stroke- Refers to the motion of the bowstring after it is released. The longer it is, the faster the arrow leaving it. But the longer the power  stroke, the longer the archer must hold steady after releasing the string.

quiver- Holds arrows. The most popular for bow hunting is the bow quiver which holds arrows on the bow. Other options are hip quivers and back quivers.

recurve- A bow design which features limbs that bend away from the archer at the tips.

reflex riser- Features a grip which is closer to the archer than the ends of the riser. This results in a short brace height and a longer power stroke. Thus creating a faster bow but generally more difficult to shoot than deflexed risers.

serving- Usually a string that is tied around your bow strings to prevent damage or unnecessary wear.

serving jig- Tool used to wrap center serving

shelf- The part of the riser that is cut out and where the arrow rests.

spine- Refers to the strength of the arrow shaft and it's ability to resist bending and to recover after bending or experiencing archers paradox.

stabilizer- Placed on a bow for the purpose of reducing torque and shock after releasing the arrow. Also, it helps level out the bow and hold it steady prior to releasing.

tiller- To measure the tiller is to measure the perpindicular distance from the bowstring to the points where the riser and limbs meet. The tiller is the difference in these two measurements.  see pic

torque- Is to turn the bow to one side when aiming or releasing the arrow.

valley- When at full-draw, the area between a compound's wall and the point where the let-off ceases to exist.

wall- Term used to describe the back of the drawing motion of a bow. A solid or hard wall is when the drawing motion comes to a sudden and precise end. If the back of the drawing motion is nondescript, it is called a soft or mushy wall. A solid wall is usually preferred because it makes it easier to anchor consistently.