How to Select the Right Compound Bow for Your Beginner
Choosing the first compound bow for the beginning archer in your life is exciting! However, there are important things to consider before choosing a bow. Continue reading to learn the ins and outs of compound bows and how to select the best one.
Compound Bow Parts
Compound bows are ideal for those with reduced grip strength as they require less physical effort for the archer to fully draw the bow due to the levering system of cables and pulleys that bend the limbs or ends of the bow. This type of bow can increase overall accuracy and aim as well as improve release velocity. The main shaft of the bow, also called the "riser" is often made of a durable but lightweight material or alloy such as aluminum. Compound bows should only be used with arrows specifically designed for use with this type of bow.
Types of Compound Bows
The cam system used by a bow determines how each is classified by type. Here's a quick breakdown of the various types of bows, as well as their strengths and weaknesses for beginners.
Single Cam: Easy to use and relatively quiet, these bows can be harder to tune than other designs. You will recognize them by their "idler wheel" at the top as well as an elliptical cam towards the lower end.
Hybrid Cams: Hybrid bows are easier to tune and require less maintenance than single cam bows, but they suffer from reduced nock travel. Cams are located at the top and bottom of the bow.
Dual Cams: You'll enjoy a high level of accuracy, higher velocity and level nock travel with a dual cam bow. However, the highly complex design may require more frequent maintenance on the two round or elliptical cams located at either end of the bow.
Binary Cams: A highly complex design provides very high velocity and level nock travel, but also requires frequent tuning and maintenance. Cams are also located at the top and bottom of the bow but are slaved to each other instead of the limbs of the bow.
Best Bows for Beginners
Finding your ideal bow can be challenging if you're not familiar with the terminology or sizing of bows. Having an expert on hand to help you determine the correct draw length and weight is important, as a bow that isn't a good fit for your body can cause tearing of muscles or joints during a pull. Many beginners find that a compound, like the Genesis bow, provides a steady pull that reduces the chance of injury — a great feature for beginners. This type of bow is also quite durable and requires little maintenance while you're getting started.
Ready to learn more about compound bows? Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Norton Sporting Goods is ready to help you anytime. Come see us today or give us a call at 740-726-2616.