Mathew’s Monkey Tails
Bow vibration is a difficult action to deal with when the vibration is so much that one of two situations exist. When a bow hunter is in the field pursuing game, the noise a string makes can tip off game that an arrow is on it’s way. This can result in bad placement of the arrow or a complete miss as the prey hears and reacts to the sound before the arrow can hit the target.
In target archery competition the archer typically attempts to use the lightest arrows as possible when wind is not a factor. In doing so dampening can be a factor as the bow arm may take a pounding from the repeated vibration of the arrow release. Now, the physicist in me knows that anything you add to a string will slow the strings movement down. There’s no way that a Monkey Tail (or any string leech) can speed up your bow speed. The laws of physics dictate that the additional weight and the surface area of a Monkey tail will slow the string speed down. That’s what friction and wind resistance do to anything in motion. The good news is the benefit of the kinetic energy that can’t be applied to the movement of the arrow will be, in a small part, dissipated in the leech instead of the feeding through the string and causing more bow hand vibration.
“Famous archer, Howard Hill won all of the 267 archery contests he entered. He could hit a bullseye at 50 feet, then split first arrow with the second. Would it be possible for you to shoot better than him? YES, if he were blindfolded! How can you hit a target you can’t see? Even worse, how can you hit a target you don’t even have!? You need to have GOALS in your life!”
~ Zig Ziglar