[shhh-thunk] Hey guys, this is NUSensei. Today we have a quick video response to
a question from a viewer, Arvid, who asked me about a particular complaint about light
draw weights, and that it’s harder to get a good release or clean release from a
light draw weight, because the string doesn’t fly off the fingers as quickly. The video that he linked to actually
belongs to “3D Archery”, now if you haven’t checked out 3D Archery’s channel,
definitely check it out. I do love how he goes around to all the
different 3D courses and has genuine fun. There’s a lot of engagement and fun facts
involved, so definitely check it out. But the the video he linked to involved
a “20 pound challenge”, where all the participants use 20-ish pound bows, and
there was some banter at the beginning of the video, and they said a few things actually.
One of them was that the 20-pound bow “well, you can throw an arrow faster
than a 20 pound bow.” No, that’s just an exaggeration. We say that all the time to make fun of
low draw weights. The second thing that was mentioned was the difference in draw weight,
and how having a low poundage bow can make it feel harder to get a good release. Now, I actually do have two bows here.
My 45 pound Samick Sage and my 25 pound OMP Adventure 2.0. So these are two
drastically different draw weights. So I’ll shoot both, and you can perhaps see for yourself if there’s any noticeable difference in my release. We’ll start with the 45 pound Sage. And now the 25 pound Adventure. So was there a difference between the
25 pound bow and the 45 pound bow? There kind of was, but it’s kind of hard to explain
exactly what it is. It’s a very highly subjective feeling a lot of veteran
shooters who use high poundage bows will report that when going to a
low poundage bow they can’t get it to feel right, and this
makes sense. Your body memorizes a certain physicality, a certain physical
feeling when you shoot, so when you come to your full draw there is a certain
balance in your push and pull. Now when you go from a heavy bow to a
light bow, the feeling is wrong because your body knows it should feel
a certain way, but it doesn’t. So someone using a lighter bow may
find that they torque the bow much easier because there’s less resistance.
That what I’m talking about. The bow needs to have a certain
amount of resistance to feel like you’re shooting right, and a light bow doesn’t
give the same feedback as a heavy bow. That might be the main reasoning behind why people find it harder to shoot light bows. As for making the release harder on a
lighter bow, I’m not sure about that.
I think it’s very subjective. Some people feel a big difference, others wont.
The more important thing, in my opinion, is that you have control of the entire
shot process. While I did struggle a bit more with the 45 pound bow, it wasn’t really the
release that was causing me problems. It was the control of the draw weight, and a
25 pound bow is much easier to pull back and much easier to expand and release. Now does the string come off as quickly?
Well, no, it doesn’t, but it shouldn’t be that much of a factor.
It is only a split second. So I’m still of the opinion that there
aren’t that many disadvantages to shooting a light bow. You can shoot for longer. You control the shot presses much better.
You can get form right. The 45 pound bow, or higher draw weights in
general, do reward you with a great physical feeling of punching the target,
but I don’t think it necessarily gives you an advantage in giving you a better
release. You have to work harder for it, but it doesn’t inherently make you shoot better. However, higher draw weights
can punish you if you shoot poorly. You pretty much have to have good
control and good form to use a heavier bow properly without fatiguing, without
shooting arrows everywhere. You just have to be able to control the
weight of the bow. Does it make shooting easier? No.
I think some people have the mentality of “because I have to shoot well, the heavier
draw weight is right for me,” and, look, I can’t say that’s wrong. I mean that’s a
valid opinion and some people do have a positive, constructive growth mentality
when it comes to picking up harder equipment and trying to use them, but
I don’t think it’s a hard and fast rule. I think that for some people who already
have a good foundation, then yes, it’s a good idea to go higher sooner, but for most people, the average
person, I think the light bow doesn’t punish you. It will help you learn good foundations,
and the release isn’t really a problem. It’s going to come off regardless of
what you do. To sum up, I don’t think there is a
definitive difference between light and heavy bows, at least for the release part.
Some people will feel it, others wont. I think the difference is
mostly in the overall shot process, and the control of the weight in relation to
your experience and strength as an archer. One of the analogies I use for
this would be, in a computer-sense, mouse sensitivity. As a gamer, and as a power user, I prefer a high sensitivity mouse. I like
the ability to move the cursor around the screen really quickly and precisely
with minimal hand motion. Now my colleagues, the other teachers,
they have trouble using my mouse settings because it’s just way too sensitive. They push it once, and it flies off the
screen, and they can’t get it to move in the right place, and it’s actually quite
painful to watch them try do so, and vice versa. When I use their mouse settings, I can’t use the mouse because it’s just
way too slow and heavy. It takes, like, 10 swipes across the mouse pad to go across the screen. I think that’s the difference. As with some
people, some people prefer the lighter feel, others before the heavier feel.
Experienced archers will be more familiar with the heavy weight and the heavy
resistance the bow offers. Whereas, the light bow kind of throws them off, but it’s more
friendly to beginners. So why is it a challenge for these
experienced 3D archers to shoot 20 pound bows? Well, there are several reasons. The main
governing factor is slower velocity. There’s less energy in a 20 pound bow compared
to a 45 pound bow, so it won’t go as fast, and there are several implications. The first one is that you have to
compensate more for distance. Because there’s less energy and speed, the
arrow will drop much sooner, and you have to arc it higher to get onto
the target, and that means, especially if you’re shooting bare bow, you have to deviate much more than what
you normally would. The problem is that especially, again with
barebow, there’s much more room for error, and this is a general bare bow factor. Another reason is because it’s slower, it
will take more time to get to the target, and that means it spends more time being
affected by crosswinds. The third disadvantage is that you simply don’t
have the range. A 20-pound bow will start to really
struggle at around 40m to 50m, and while you still can hit the target, again, it’s just really hard to make that
distance, and if you’re shooting competitively, then a 20 pound bow simply wont cut it.
Now, that doesn’t mean that you should be getting a high draw weight bow right away.
I still think that, as a beginner, you should be starting low because distance
isn’t really a factor when you’re practicing starting out. You can shoot
three meters in your backyard. I shoot three meters my back yard, and
that’s completely fine. All you can work on is form, but when you
start thinking about shooting longer distance, like you want to compete or
you want to hunt, that’s when you start thinking about
getting higher draw weights, but apart from that, there aren’t any real disadvantages
to using a light bow. I think the main argument against the
light draw weight, for those who are picking between heavy or light, is that it feels
too light. This is especially the case if you’re an athletic person. You’re going to the
gym, and you lift weights, and you’re really strong, and you feel like the light bow is
way too easy. That’s a fair statement. I think that’s a
valid and legitimate reason to go for a heavier bow, but just bear in mind that
you still have to shoot well. Archery isn’t about strength.
Archery is about technique, and technique is better learnt with light gear not
heavy gear. So just because you can hold a 40
pound bow for a minute doesn’t mean you shoot well with it.
So take the time to learn the basics. Don’t rush into it because making the
wrong choice can delay your development by months, if not years. Anyway, this is NUSensei.
Thank you for watching, and I’ll see you next time.