Balance is the way the bow ‘hangs’ in the hand. The balance, and particularly the
static balance, of the bow determines how fast, and in which direction, the bow rolls
after the shot. The principles are simple; if the centre of gravity is in front of
the suspension point (the grip, when held in the hand, or the point of attachment
of the bow sling if used) the bow rolls forward, and vice versa. Without stabilisers,
the centre of gravity is usually behind the grip (further behind in compounds than
recurves). The diagrams show the approximate position of the centre of gravity on
a recurve with or without stabilisers.
So to control the forward and backward movement of the bow after the shot, all that
is needed is to control the position of the centre of gravity, by adding or subtracting
weights. So what, and where, is the ‘centre of Gravity’?