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Anchor: This is the position that bow is pulled to, to shoot
Anchor Point: This is the point to which you draw your bow to
and anchor along side of face. It is very important to make sure you
do this the same with every shot.
Arrow Rest: An item you attach to the bow for your arrow to
rest on. It it used to get riser and shelf clearance. Also to aid in
the tuning of bow.
Arrow Spine: The stiffness and strength of a arrow.
Bow Square: A tool that is used to set your nocking point and
also used to check the tiller of a bow.
Bow String: The main string on a bow in which you nock your
arrow to, to make the shot.
Brace Height: This is the distance between your bow string and
Buss Cable: A cable that attaches to limbs and to the cams on
the bow. Used to set up timing. On one cam bows there is only one buss
cable and on two cam bows there are two buss cables.
Cable Guard: Attaches to the bow and is used to gain cable
clearance for your arrow.
Cams: They are the wheels at each end of your bow limbs. They
come in four main types. Hard, Medium, Soft, and Single.
Center Shot: This is lining your arrow up that it is in direct
center of your bowstring.
Creep: This is when you are at full draw and while you are
aiming you let the bow string drift forward before releasing the
D-Loop: This is a loop made out of rope or metal that attaches
to the bowstring usually tied in at top and bottom of where nock is
positioned on string. Used as a aid to clip your release to. Using the
d-loop will increase your draw length about a 1/2".
Deflex Riser: This is the shape of a riser that pushes outward.
Double Cam: This is a bow that has two cams of equal size. They
come in three main styles.
Draw Length: This is the length in which the bow is pulled to
shoot an arrow. To determine draw length, draw an arrow back and mark
it at the point in which it is even with the front of the bow. This is
your draw length. Draw length determines what length of arrow you
Draw Weight: This is the weight you are pulling back until you
reach the letoff of the bows cams. This is usually measured in
poundage or kilograms.
FOC: This is the balance point of an arrow. Usually 60% of the
weight should be in the back of the balance point and 40% in the
Grains: This is the standard measurement for the weight of an
arrow, broadhead or fieldpoint.
Kisser Button: This item is attached to string so that when you
are at full draw it touches your lips. Used to help with consistency
as a anchor point.
Let-Off: This is the percentage of weight that you are holding
at full draw. Newer bows are usually 65% or 80% let-off.
Limbs: This is the ends of the bow from the riser out. This is
the part that flexes to give the arrow it's forward motion.
Limb Bolts: These are the bolts at the end of the riser in
which you use to increase or decrease your poundage of your bow. Also
are used to adjust the tiller of the bow.
Limb Bolt Locks: These are set screws used to lock your limb
bolts from moving. If your bow is equipped with these set screws, make
sure before any adjustments are made to your limb bolts that these
screws are backed out so as not to do any damage to the limb bolts.
Modules: These are part of the cams. On some bows these must be
changed to change the draw length of your bow.
Nock: This is an attachment to your arrow, which is clipped to
the bow string to hold it in place.
Nocking Point: This is the spot on your bow string in which the
arrow is placed prior to shooting and drawing.
Nocking Pliers: This is a tool used to crimp nock sets to your
Nock Set: This is a small metal ring or hand tied serving
material placed on your bowstring for your nocking point. Usually
place above where your nock is clipped to bowstring.
Peep Sight: An item that is placed on string that you look
through to aid in shot consistency and to make it easier to use
Reflex Riser: This is a riser which pushes inwards. This
creates a shorter brace height.
Release Aid: This is an item that is used to help in drawing
and shooting of bow. Can be a glove, finger tabs, or a release that is
set off by mechanical means.
Riser: This is the center part of the bow. This is where the
archer holds the bow to draw bow back. Also known as the handle.
Serving: This the area on the bowstring that has extra thread
wraps to prevent the arrow or the release from causing damage to the
bow string. Keep an eye open for wear to this area and replace at
first sign of wear.
Sight Window: This is the cut out area of the riser.
Single Cam Bow: This bow consist of a round wheel at the top of
the bow and a cam at the bottom of the bow shaped similar to the
Stabilizer: A bar that is mounted to the front of the bow to
help steady bow and absorb some of the shock
Target Panic: This is the loss of control of ones self while
aiming at a target.
Tiller: This is the measurement between the string and the top
of riser and the bottom of riser. This measurement should be the same
at the top as it is at the bottom of the riser.
Timing (bow): This is the rollover of the cams. They should
both rollover and be in same exact position at full draw.
Torque: This is the twisting of the bow by an improper hold.
Tuning (bow): This is the act of setting up your bow to shoot
at its ultimate performance.
Tuning (paper): This is where you shoot an arrow through a
sheet of paper and changing your bow set-up by the hole that is made
by arrow passing through the paper. You determine the changes to be
made to your bow by the tear of the hole in the paper.
Velocity: This is the rate of speed in which an arrow travels.
Arrows are rated in feet per second. This can be determined by
shooting through a chronograph.
Wrist Sling: This is attached to the bow usually at the same
place the stabilizer is attached. It can be made of different
materials. Used to keep from gripping bow while shooting and keep bow
from flying out of your hand.