The 10 Best Diamond Bows By Bowtech Archery
Diamond bows, just like other compound bows, have some technicalities that must be understood and gotten right before acquiring them. These technicalities include:
1. Draw length
This is the length between the bowstring at full draw and the bow grip. Most diamond bows have adjustable draw lengths between specified ranges so it would be wise to know your own draw length before buying any bow so that you can compare your length with the bow’s length. Your draw length can be calculated by measuring the distance of your arm span (from the tip of one middle finger to the other when your arms are stretched out) then divide that length by 2.5.
It is important to get this right because a bow with a shorter or longer draw length than your own will negatively affect your speed and accuracy.
2. Draw weight
This is the effort that an archer needs to pull the string to full draw. The best bow should be the one which you can pull to full draw smoothly and without pressure. A rough starting point should be: 10-15 lbs. for a small child, 15-20 lbs. for a growing youngster, 30-40 lbs. for women and large framed boys, 40-50 lbs. for large framed women and youth boys, 50-65 lbs. for a majority of adult males and 65-70 lbs. for well-built males.
These are just estimates and the best thing to do is to try out your preferred bow in the archery shop as the technician adjusts it to suit your preferred weight.
3. Type of cam system
Compound bows have cam systems that help you do some of the heavy pullings. These systems are available in 4 types: single cams, hybrid cams, twin cams and binary cams. Binary cams are the best systems for accurate and high-velocity shots. Single cams are easy to use but are harder to tune and require experienced archers who understand nock travel in action.
4. % Let-off
Cam systems usually reduce the draw weight at peak draw to a certain level. This reduction is known as let-off and it helps you hold the bow easily at full draw. It enables you to redirect the rest of your energy to perfecting the shot by focusing on aiming. The higher the let-off percentage, the easier it is to hold the bow at full draw and the better for easier use.
5. Axle-to-Axle length
This is the length of the compound bow from the top to bottom axle. Short bows are easy to maneuver especially when hunting but can be quite unstable when aiming for the target. Longer bows are more stable but are quite bulky to move around with. They are mostly used in archery where movement is limited.
6. Brace height
This is the distance from the bow grip to the bowstring at rest. A lower brace height means that the limbs are tightly adjusted, giving you faster string action and therefore faster shots. However, this also means that they are less forgiving and harder to use when shooting.
On the other hand, a higher brace height means that the string is easier to pull but results in slower performance.
7. Bow weight
Bow weight directly impacts stability and maneuverability. Heavy bows are more stable but very difficult to carry around. Light bows are less stable but can be easily used when chasing down game in the wild.