What’s a reflex compound bow?

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A Reflex compound bow is similar to other compound bows, but has a torque guard above the grip to prevent twisting and split limbs to reduce vibration. It has cams that allow for a lower draw weight and can be easily adjusted. Reflex is a sub-series of Hoyt Bows.

A compound bow features pulleys that allow the shooter to remain at full draw and hold only a small percentage of the draw weight. A Reflex compound bow shares most of the same structure as an average compound bow. The predominant difference between a Reflex and any other compound bow is the torque guard located above the grip, which touches the riser at the bottom and top of the bow. The purpose of this feature is to prevent the bow from twisting on arrow release, preventing the wrist from twisting towards the jump rope. This trains the shooter to maintain a constant grip point, often resulting in tighter shooting patterns.

Another common feature seen on most Reflex compound bows is the split limbs which aid in the reduction of felt vibration upon arrow release. These limbs are often pre-stressed, giving the bow a shortened axle-to-axle length for easier carry and increased arrow energy. These limbs are easy to accessorise and can be quickly silenced with the addition of silencers, reducing the draw volume by decibels.

The Reflex compound bow falls into the compound category due to the two wheels, called cams, placed at the end of the limbs. The cams allow the shooter to remain in full draw while maintaining only 20-30 percent of the total draw weight. They also serve as an immediate remedy to the common stretch alteration, which can be rapidly reduced or increased by replacing the appropriate module that lengthens or shortens the cables and strings.

There are numerous manufacturers and various brands of compound bows and Reflex is actually a sub-series of Hoyt Bows. Although the Reflex compound bow is almost the same as other compound bows, differences can be noted. Torque protection and limb design prove to be the most obvious differences between a Reflex compound bow and other bows. Like any type of bow, the Reflex has differences that can be difficult to see with the naked eye. These differences include the geometry of the risers, limbs and limb sockets, which make the Reflex compound bow the preferred piece of archery equipment for many archers.

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