WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COMPOUND BOWS AND RECURVE BOWS?

Archery is an art of practicing or the skill of using bow and arrow to push away the arrows to the setting goals. In the history, archery was used mostly for hunting or war; in modern times, however, it is still in use under the form of entertainment. This also means that archery bows have existed for a long time. Through time, there are lots of changes in the design of bows. The physics of structure of the bows is more and more understood.

In fact, archery bows have evolved a lot through history, so they have a variety of forms today. Nowadays, archery bows are familiar with most of the people as the form of sport and entertainment as well. Some types that could be mentioned to the list of bows are recurve bows, long bows, compound bows and crossbows. Therefore, with different types of bows, the archers will have different experiences. Now we will discus about compound bow part names

So far, compound bows and recurve bows have increasingly been popular among those who are keen on sport in general and archery in particular. However, as for new archers, the task of distinguishing compound bow and recurve bow is still difficult. So the differences between these two types will be mentioned below.

When it comes to the origin and development of the two types of bows, compound bows do not have long development history as recurve bows.

Compound bows were developed in the mid-20th century. The event that marked the patent was in 1953 when by Holless Wilbur Allen attached pulleys to the altered ends of a traditional recurve bow. As for recurve bows, the very first recurve bows were used by hunters to shoot antelope, elk, and bison. Until 1953, recurve bows were redeveloped by Bear Archery.

In terms of design, compound bows are supported with the system of pulleys or cams, which helps them build up force and produce a reduction in the resistance. This is to say; the archers will control the force more easily. Thus the extra force generated from the pulleys and cams leads to the further distance of the arrows than those from the recurve ones.

In contrast, recurve bows do not have extra force from pulleys or cams. They are designed with the ends curve back inward and only one string. It is the curved ends of the bow that generate the stronger force for the bows. However, without the assistance of pulleys and cams system, recurve bows do not enable the arrows to fly so further as those from compound bows.

As for the materials, there are also differences between the two types. Generally, recurve bows are made from wood. Fiberglass and carbon are also used to make this type of bows. Bows that are made from fiberglass and carbon are lighter and stronger than those made from wood. Differently, carbon and aluminum are typical materials used to made compound bows.
As for the purpose of using, recurve bows are used in target archery competitions like Olympic whereas compound bows are not allowed due to the support of pulleys and cams. However, compound bows are popular with hunters because this type allows the hunters to shoot greater distance without putting more force. Besides, the release of tension contributes to preventing the hunters from being tired so quickly. In this light, this type of bows ensures the accuracy in long-term period hunting. However, some experienced hunters still choose recurve bows instead.

Other aspects that should be put the focus on are technique and accuracy. As for recurve bows, they rely more on the archers’ technique, which makes the archers’ experience more challenging. Compound bows, on the other hand, help reduce archers’ fatigue, which also improves the accuracy.

All things considered, the different type of bows would bring a different experience to the archers. That is the reason why they should have a thorough consideration before deciding to buy one. In general, about comparable quality, a compound bow is slightly expensive than a recurve one.