How to Tell When Your Bow String Is Bad


Replacing your bow's string in a timely manner will help to maintain maximum performance and avoid possible string breakage. Broken bow strings are not only frustrating, but can result in injury to the archer and damage to your bow. Fortunately, there are several wear indicators that signal the time to replace a bow string before an injury or bow damage occurs. Take the time to inspect your bow's string periodically to insure maximum performance and safety.

  • Inspect your bow's string. Any obvious breaks or fraying indicate that the string must be replaced.

  • Examine the string where it passes over the the cams. This is an area where wear tends to occur. If excessively worn, replace the string.

  • Check the nock point on your string. This area often frays and may have broken strands. If so, replace the string.

  • Watch the draw length of your bow. If it has become unusually long you may need to replace the string.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use bow string wax to help reduce string wear. Store you bow in a dry location. Storing your bow in a case will help protect it from damage and environmental factors that cause bow string wear.

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