This is quite often referred to as ‘the dark side’. Why I am not sure. It might be due to the wheels or cams on the bow, or due to the release aid or even due to the scope. I know that this sounds like another language so here is the picture:
Because of the cams once you have drawn your bow you could be holding only 35% of the draw weight. This enables you to settle and ensure that you make the best shot possible. With a recurve bow if your draw weight is 40lbs you would be holding 40lbs while you are settling for your shot. With a 40lb draw weight on a compound you could be holding 14lbs.
If you have shot a recurve bow one of the immediate things on holding a compound is the weight. Compound bows weigh approximately 4lbs depending on the size. This is before you start adding the extras on it, such as a long rod, sight with scope etc.
As you can see from the two release aids there is a variety of types and these are chosen on personal preference and cost. When looking at cost you will definitely notice that the less there is of a release aid the more it costs!
The long rods, which are used to damp the vibration, also come in different types and weights. These were too boring to include as pictures.
The scope, which is used as the sight, enables you to see where you are aiming easily however the higher the magnification the more you realise just how unsteady your aim is!
From reading the above you may get the impression that compound archers are deadly serious. This is not always so.
I have had people say to me that to shoot a compound is cheating. My response is rubbish! When you compete you compete against people shooting similar equipment. And the bow is only as good as the idiot that’s holding it.
I was once told by a good longbow archer, that the only difference between a longbow and a compound was that a compound bow misses faster.