How Paper Tune A Bow | Expert Tips for Paper Tuning a Bow

Most archers either know how to paper tune a bow, know of paper tuning, or have at least heard of it, but rarely do you encounter a hunter, or even a target or competitive archer that knows the fine details. If you don’t happen to know how to paper tune a bow or do not know the basics of paper tuning, there is a lot of basic information of what the paper can tell you. This information however contains expert tips that go beyond basic paper tuning.

The video below feature Prime Pro Dave Cousins, former number one ranked compound archer in the world, discusses paper tuning a bow.

G5 Prime Pro Dave Cousins | Paper Tuning A Bow
(video) – Most archers either know how to paper tune a bow, know of paper tuning, or have at least heard of it, but rarely do you encounter a hunter, or even a target or competitive archer that knows the fine details. If you don’t happen to know how to paper tune a bow or do not know the basics of paper tuning, there is a lot of basic information of what the paper can tell you. This information however contains expert tips that go beyond basic paper tuning.

 

Aside from your normal paper tuning, Dave likes to paper tune from several different distances. Each one of the distances tells him something different about the bow.

Paper Tuning Distance 1: 5-6 ft.

This first distance tells Dave a lot about the bow. This distance can answer: Is the center shot in the right place? Is the timing and tiller in the right place? Is the nocking point in the right place? This first paper tuning distance is the basics of how to paper tune a bow. This tells you the fundamentals, what you can actually change/adjust on your compound bow or target bow.

Paper Tuning Distance 2: 10-11 ft.

This second distance tells Dave more about the arrow, and arrow spine, and less about the bow system and how it is operating. This distance can answer: Are my arrows too weak? Are my arrows to stiff? Do I have too much front of center weight? Do I have too little front of center weight?

Paper Tuning Distance 3: 15-20 ft.

This distance tells Dave less about the bow, and the arrow spine, and more about drag. This distance can answer: Do I have enough fletching on the arrow to stabilize it as it goes further down range and decays in velocity.

By the first two tests and covering the fundamentals of shooting correctly and making sure the bow’s system is working in synch you can dial in based off of the tear. Assuming everything is correct like mention above if Dave a right handed shooter gets a:

  • LEFT TEAR: Indicates arrow is too stiff. A left tear for a right handed archer will be corrected by moving the arrow rest in towards the riser.
  • RIGHT TEAR: Indicates arrow is too weak. A right tear for a right handed archer will be corrected by moving the arrow rest away from the riser.

Prime Pro Dave also explains how the Flexis-AR Technology in Prime compound bows and target bows, adds just another degree of adjustability built in. If you are looking for more tuning information, check out the next blog below and G5 Prime’s YouTube Channel and the Dave Cousins Playlist.

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