Paper tuning is done to analyze the direction of the arrow in its flight. It aims to align your bow to have a straight direction for your arrow. Although paper tuning can enhance your bow, the arrow still has its natural flex once released.
Factors to Consider Before Tuning your Bow
These factors are significant because it influences the performance of your bow. After checking all factors and if you passed, then you can continue paper tuning your bow.
If you are shooting with a torque grip, your hand position may be incorrect.
The draw length refers to the distance between the starting point of the string and the center of the bow grip plus 1.75 inches.
A proper arrow spine is connected to the draw length and the arrow’s natural flex.
Aside from paper tuning, you should also know the correct form, so your shots will be consistent and precise.
The arrow rest should be installed in the center of your bowstring. It shouldn’t interrupt with your arrow once you’ve released it.
If you are shooting a solo cam, yoke tuning is essential. Yoke Tuning refers to the adjustments on the control cable, which resembles the letter Y. These cords influence the motion of the bowstring during the shot.
Timing your bow is relevant if you are shooting a two cam bow. The cams will enable you to check the rotation through the timing marks.
How to Paper Tune a Compound Bow
What you need:
Aside from your bow and arrows, you’ll need a frame to hold a paper that you can shoot through. The frame should be high enough for you to properly shoot. The recommended height for the frame is at chest level. The target is placed behind the frame.
You may also opt to use a tuning tool like the 30-06 Paper Tune-It System PT-1, which has a built-in frame and paper.
Place your target five feet beyond the frame, while maintaining the same height. Once you release the arrow, it should pass through the paper first before hitting the target.
Once the setup is ready, try to generate three shots through the paper before you create the adjustments. After the three attempts, check the holes on the paper.
The distance should be 5-6 feet if you want to adjust the timing and tiller. You can also use this when you are testing the arrow rest, bowstring, and nocking point.
The distance should be 10-11 feet if you want to check if the arrow spine is too weak or too stiff.
The distance should be 15-20 feet if you want to test the speed and if your fletching is balanced.
Compound Bow Paper Tuning Chart
When doing the paper tuning, you should make vertical adjustments first before the horizontal ones to avoid false readings. Here’s a guide that you can refer to in determining the adjustments needed.
If the hole looks like the one above, it means that it is already perfect, and no adjustments are needed.
If the hole looks like ‘tail high,’ try to move the nocking point downwards, move the rest up, release tension, and decrease arrow length.
If it looks like ‘tail low,’ try to move the nocking point upwards, move the rest down, and increase stiffness.
If it looks like ‘tail right,’ try to move the rest further from the riser if you are using a right-handed bow. For left-handed bows, move the rest closer to the riser. You can also decrease the stiffness on the arrow spine, increase point weight, adjust the wheel lean and cable guard.
If it looks like ‘tail left,’ try to move the rest closer to the riser if you are using a right-handed bow, and away from the riser for left-handed bows. Increase the strength of the arrow spine, reduce point weight, adjust the wheel lean and cable guard.
For multiple issues, try to make vertical and horizontal adjustments.
Tips for Bowhunters
In doing the paper tuning, it’s best to try different distances to see all necessary adjustments needed. Use the guide in determining how you can improve your compound bow through the shapes of paper tears.