If you were like me when I was just getting started, I bet you’ve scrolled through countless websites for hours trying to wrap your head around, which bow you should start out with.
It might be easy to distinguish the main types of bows from each other. But when you look at specific categories of bows, it becomes a much more difficult task.
What’s the difference between a recurve and a longbow? Is a compound bow just a high tech version of a traditional bow? These are all questions that you might find yourself stuck wondering.
But I’m here to help. I have put together a basic guide to help you newbies understand the nitty-gritty of bows, and more specifically, genesis bows. After reading this article, you’ll understand all the parts of a genesis bow.
So, let’s get started!
Different Types of Bows
We’ll start our discussion by discussing the most common types of bows you’ll encounter. There are 3 main types of bows that you should be familiar with.
They are longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows.
A longbow is large and heavy. It’s generally composed of a single piece of material. If you’re a beginner, I don’t recommend you to start with a longbow.
In my opinion, they are a bit more challenging to handle. Longbows have long in their name for a reason. They are the longest kind of bow when you measure tip to tip.
Recurve bows are often confused for longbows because they look very similar. You can distinguish a longbow and a recurve bow by paying attention to the shape of the bow.
The top and bottom parts of a recurve bow have a curve to them, while the shape of a longbow is relatively straight.
Without getting too technical, everything else held constant, the curvature of the limbs of a recurve bow, allow them to shoot faster arrows than regular longbows.
These bows are easily distinguishable from the other two. These bows have mechanical components that give the bow a more high tech, modern look.
Compound bows were initially designed for hunting, but it’s currently a favorite of competitive archers. It offers more customization, which gives the archer a mechanical advantage when they shoot.
Genesis Bows are compound bows, and that’s what we will be talking about for the rest of the article.
A Basic Guide to the Parts of a Genesis Bow
The riser is the central part of the bow to which all the parts attach. Some of the major components include:
This is the part that you hold. Different sizes of risers will have different grip sizes. It’s essential to bear in mind the different sizes before purchasing.
This is a built-in component where the arrow rests during the draw. They can either be attached to the riser or bought-in separately.
This is a cutout in the riser that you should typically be looking through when aiming your bow.
This is an optional part of the bow. This system includes rods, weights, and a v- bar, which absorbs vibrations and removes unnecessary noises, giving an overall balanced and smooth feeling during and after the shot.
Cams are oblong shaped wheels that give every bow a unique balance of power, speed, and accuracy.
They allow compound bows to transfer high energy into the limbs. Cams are usually the components that distinguish a compound bow from other types.
There are four types of cams, but genesis bows all use a single cam.
Single cam bows are the simplest and most comfortable to use. They tend to be quieter and even more accurate. But, if you use a single cam bow, you will sacrifice the speed of your arrow.
These are the upper and lower parts attached to the bow that does all the work. They are usually made up of either fiberglass material, wood, or carbon fiber.
The primary purpose of the limbs is to store kinetic energy when the archer draws the bowstring. Modern-day limbs are available in a variety of styles, including parallel, split, and solid.
This is the cord that is attached to the tips of the limbs. Additionally, the bowstring is responsible for transforming the kinetic energy in the limbs into energy that will propel the arrow.
It is basically responsible for launching the arrow. Most of the bowstring designs make use of man-made materials that don’t stretch easily.
String nocks are a sort of string accessory. The one I use is made of brass with a plastic liner. It serves as an aid to help you to properly nock your arrow consistently.
This is a fiberglass bar that is positioned vertically to the riser that hooks up with the cable slide. The main function of the cable guard is to keep the cables out of the path of the arrow.
It’s the small, hollow hole that the archer uses in tandem with a bow sight to narrow their field of vision and take proper aim at their target. This works the same way as a peephole in a rifle.
Besides all of this, archers need to buy arrows and targets along with some optional accessories to attach to the bow to enhance the overall performance of archery.
Common accessories include quiver, armguards, cable slides, and maintenance kits. You may also check out other accessories that match your style and enhance your skill of archery.
When it comes to the parts of a genesis bow, each part is important, especially when you’re in the process of assembling the bow. Choosing the right bow with the right parts, such as grip, riser, and limbs, will determine the power and accuracy of this tool.
These are essential components for every archer, and you must purchase them carefully to ensure the desired performance.
Other than that, a word of advice from professionals, along with essential accessories for your practice sessions, will surely step up your archery game.