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Published on Dec 26, 2010
This is what NOT to do with your compound bow. String derailments account for many of the incidents where bow owner's mistakenly claim their bows "blew up." Novice archers are often unable to differentiate between a string derailment (user error) and a bow which has actually failed (broken limb, broken cam, etc.). Many new archers are simply unaware that poor shooting form and improper handling of a compound bow can lead to dangerous string derailments.
It's also worth noting that user-induced string derailments often generate collateral damage to other bow components, specifically the string, cable rods & slides, and roller guards in particular. Unfortunately, this all happens in the blink of an eye. So many enthusiasts try to do their own home-analysis, and get it exactly backwards by assuming the broken roller guard, for example, caused the derailment ... when the opposite is actually true.
As you might imagine, this causes trouble when it comes time to decide what is warranty and what is user error. So we say ... JUST SAY NO! NO drawing ANY bow without an arrow. NO drawing short-axle high-performance bows with your fingers. And NO torquing of the string or grip at any point in the draw cycle!
If you're going to drop a grand on a great new bow, spend 5 minutes with this video and learn to grip and handle your compond bow properly ... so you can spend more time enjoying your bow and less time at the repair shop.