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10.20.2016 | Categories: Archer's Dictionary, Archery Tips
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What is compound bow let-off?

So you’re standing in an archery shop and you overhear an archer claiming his compound bow features 80-percent let-off. And you’re thinking, “What the heck does that mean? What’s let-off?” To begin to answer this question, you first need to understand how compound bows differ from recurves and longbows in the way they function. Those […]

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02.19.2016 | Categories: Archer's Dictionary

3D Archery Explained

Come Feb. 26 in Foley, Alabama, the archery world unofficially will shift gears from indoors to the outdoor 3D season as the Archery Shooters Association kicks off its 2016 slate of tournaments with the Hoyt Archery Alabama Pro/Am. That got us thinking that now would be a good time to give an overview of 3D […]

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09.28.2015 | Categories: Archer's Dictionary
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What’s the difference between momentum and kinetic energy?

When it comes to bowhunting, kinetic energy gets all the love. You can find scads of articles extolling its virtues and charts describing its professed impact. Momentum, by comparison, is the genius, recluse cousin few people talk about, but who has a cult following. It’s punk rock before that brand of music became mainstream. In […]

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09.16.2015 | Categories: Archer's Dictionary

What is Kinetic Energy and Why does it matter?

What better time for a physics lesson than the start of the fall bowhunting seasons? If you’ve never heard the term mentioned, you should familiarize yourself with it before you head out into the field with a bow and arrow in pursuit of wild game. Kinetic energy. What is it? According to, kinetic energy […]

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08.27.2015 | Categories: Archer's Dictionary

Archery Slang: Speak the language

Sports and slang go together “like peas and carrots,” as Forrest Gump would say. There isn’t a game out there that doesn’t have its own unique phrases and words – and you’re not likely to find the sports meanings in any standard dictionary. When I played Little League baseball, my neighbor’s father hollered, “Can of […]

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07.21.2015 | Categories: Archer's Dictionary, Archery Tips
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What is brace height?

Brace height. It’s something every archer should know about, regardless of the bow they shoot, because it affects us all. But what is brace height? And why should we care about it? Brace height is the distance between the string and the deepest part of the bow grip. For modern compound bows, the brace height […]

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07.17.2015 | Categories: Archer's Dictionary, Archery Tips

Know Your Archery Styles

Once you get into archery, you’re going to hear people throwing out terms such as “Olympic,” “traditional,” “3-D archery,” etc. They’re talking about the different styles of archery. And if you’re going to get into the game, you’ve got to know your style. Here at Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc., we promote all types of archery, […]

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07.13.2015 | Categories: Archer's Dictionary, Archery Tips
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A basic guide to the parts of a bow

A bow is pretty recognizable on sight. I mean, most people would probably know they’re looking at a bow as soon as they see it. But can you name the different parts of a bow? Do you know what the limb bolt is? How about the arrow shelf? We’ve got two basic diagrams here, where […]

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07.02.2015 | Categories: Archer's Dictionary, Archery Tips
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Here’s your basic guide to archery release aids

A good clean release. It’s what happens when you correctly let go of the bowstring at full draw, allowing the energy stored in the limbs to be transferred to the arrow, which is propelled down range toward the spot where you’re aiming. A clean release is something every archer strives for on every shot. Achieve […]

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06.29.2015 | Categories: Archer's Dictionary, Archery Tips
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Arrow spine vs. arrow weight: Don’t be confused

In the Lancaster Archery Supply Pro Shop, we hear it all the time. “I want to switch to a lighter arrow to get more speed.” That’s usually not a problem, as long as you don’t confuse arrow weight with arrow spine. Too often, that’s exactly what archers do. Someone shooting a bow with a 70-pound […]

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