How to Improve Your Bow Draw Speed

All speed bows come with aggressive cam systems that store pulling energy more effectively.  However, it doesn’t come without a price. Such systems can draw rather harsh (more firmly throughout) or create a “bump” in the cycle that feels awkward.

To increase drawing smoothness, it’s best to reduce draw weight until the cycle feels more fluid. This will alleviate muscle tension and keep you relaxed and focused on the shot, especially in tough field scenarios.

Don’t ever get caught up with the macho I-can-pull-70-pounds syndrome. Every bow is different, and you should let your body distinguish what’s the right draw setting for you. Most archers are best off backing down speed bow poundage by three to five pounds compared to a traditional setup.

The advantage of a speed bow, however, is that even with a sizable reduction in pull weight, arrow speed remains well beyond what your average setup can deliver. Check out tacticalgearexpert.com for a great selection of speed bows that you can buy online.

Optimize Balance

Most speed bows are graced with inward sweeping handles, what engineers call a reflex design. As cool as they look, reflex risers aren’t the greatest foundation for forgiveness. First off, anytime you place the grip behind the limb pockets, it becomes easier to pivot the bow when torque does occur, which affects accuracy.

To lessen this torque factor, you should balance the bow as much as possible. This will help counter the force. For example, when you hold the bow in a loose hand, it may want to pull hard forward (called top heavy). In this case, you should add stabilizer weight to the string side of the riser, just beneath the grip.

For a bow without a threaded receiver in this position, you can use a V-bar device and attach it to the front of the riser (into the standard stabilizer receiver). Then add short stabilizers or counterweight to each side.

We’ve done a lot of shot testing and experimentation while monitoring bow balance. The way we see it, the more attention you give this area, the better your setup will shoot, particularly with fixed-blade broadheads. For more information on how to fire a speed bow, please read the articles on tacticalgearexpert.com.