Archery Freaks


The tips you find below are to help you tweak your bow. I still recommend you take your bow to your local archery shop and have things done by a professional.

String Loops
When you install a new string loop on your bow and have it set in the right spot, be sure to place a nock on the string before pulling your bow back. (Don't worry about it if you are shooting an arrow. This is if you are just drawing back without an arrow.) Reason for this, is because, the new loop hasn't had time to set. If you draw back before it sets, the loop ends will slide towards each other. After 100 shots or so, you should be ok.

Practice Tips
If you are having to tighten your tips on your arrows after shooting them into your target, here is a quick fix.
Remove your tips and rub the threads on a bar of soap and re-install. This has worked great for me.

Number your arrows. This will help you figure out why you are not shooting tight groups. If the same arrows are not staying in the group, chances are the arrows need replace. If random numbered arrows are getting outside of the group and you have a good shooting form, the problem is within the bow.

Peep Sight
When you install your peep, make sure it splits the dead center of the string. After you have shot the bow about 100 times with the peep in the string, it is safe to start thinking about the final tweaks.

Timing A Drop-Away Rest
Drop-away rests are awesome. I love them with a well-built bow that delivers good nock travel. Even with a good bow, your arrows still need some guidance at first to smooth out small hiccups in the way the string moves forward and small differences in the arrows themselves.

To gain the needed guidance, set your drop-away rest so the launcher stays in the fully upright position for as long as possible during the forward travel of the arrow. Ideally, it will drop just before the fletching arrives for total clearance.

To assure this, the rest should reach full height when the string is still about four to five inches short of full draw. Timing is adjustable on every drop-away rest I've tested, either through linkage length or cord length. It takes a while for the rest to react and clear the arrow's path. That is why you want it to rise at what might seem like a late point in the draw cycle. From this position, you can tweak the timing to assure you have fletching clearance.

Arrow Speed
For every 3 grains of weight you add to the string you will lose 1 FPS. For every 3 grains of weight you add to your arrow, you will lose 1 FPS. For  every 5 pounds of draw weight that you go down you will lose 9 FPS. For every inch of  draw length you go down, you will lose 10 FPS.