Archery – How to choose the right arrow rest

Having the right arrow rest may be the difference between success and complete misery during your bow hunting or archery escapades. Speaking from years of experience operating an original store, regardless of how much you have spent on your bow and arrows,your rest is an important component in ensuring you have a well-tuned shooting system.

Let’s take a look at how to choose the right arrow rest for your compound bow, which is done by ensuring that there is aright match between the arrow rest and your style of shooting. This will greatly help you in narrowing down from the numerous options in the market.

The drop-away option

The drop-away option of arrow rests has incorporated asystem for containing the arrows by holding themin place to enable the arrow to automatically align itself in the launch position. As the arrow is launched, the system is designed to stay upright so as to support and offer guidance to the arrow thereby eliminating all possibilities of interference with fletching. This action results in a great improvement in arrow stability because the system has reduced the archer’s contact with arrows.

The release aid option

Shooting an arrow using a release aid causes the arrow to flex vertically though always minimally as it leaves the bow. It is therefore necessary to have a rest that provides support by complementing this action because the slightest bump will send the arrow off its intended path.

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The whisker biscuit option

The whisker biscuit type arrow rests are probably the world’s most popular arrow rests because of their simplicity and wide range of applications. Because the rest gives support to the arrow around its shaft, it willenhance the performance both for the release shot and the finger shot arrows. It is important to note that this type of systemwill increase a shootersform flaws tenfold. However, you may not notice these differences in close range shooting.

The finger shooting option

Finger shooting which involves drawing and releasing while using your fingers, often requires you to have an arrow rest that has a side-to-side support and spring tension for your arrow. This is because, when an arrow is shot from a bow, it flexes. The rolling of your bow’s string off your fingers causes the arrow to flex in a side-to-side action therefore requiring the support of a rest to stabilize.

The snap rest option

This system has been designed in a way that allows the rest’s launcher to snap down and then out of the arrows path the moment the arrow is released. The main benefit to this system is that you geta longer guidance time which allows for stabilization of the arrow.

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This is just an overview therefore as an archer, the best way to find the system that best suits you is actually to test it out physically and see which works best for you. Ultimately, the majordifferences among these options is simply the archer’s preference.

As always, we welcome your feedback on this piece.

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