Bowmen of Skelmersdale

Bow Control & Balance


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’?

What bow behaviour needs controlling?

Bow  movement

Timing - When is movement important?

Time and Motion

Controlling bow displacement

Weight, Mass and Inertia

Static and Dynamic properties

The misnamed TFC

Controlling bow balance

Centre of Gravity

Finding the centre of gravity

Changing the balance using weight

Weights and Distances

Rods, weights and risers

Controlling bow vibration

Causes of Bow Vibration

Reducing Vibration - Damping

Bow Resonance

Tuned damping - more on TFC’s