Many people new to archery have never seen what is needed to keep a bow in shape and have never used bow string wax or other things required to prolong the life of the archery equipment.
They will know bows most likely only from movies and fun fairs.
Little do they know of the things one must do to to prevent a bow from breaking or a bow string from snapping.
True, modern bows are often made of synthetic materials and light metals like aluminum, that don’t need much (if any) maintenance, but traditional bows made of wood and all bow strings do need proper treatment to keep up to the daily tasks set upon them at the archery range.
Like everything that is used a lot, the bow string of your bow will not hold forever.
Just imagine for a second what happens to it everytime you let an arrow fly:
When drawing your bow, you pull the string back with great force and then let it go suddenly.
All this energy travels from the limbs through the bow string and into the arrow. Then the string suddenly gets stopped and rushes back to its original position vibrating heavily.
I think you know now, that this is very hard work and demands a lot of the bow string.
Another problem can be water and humidity. But this is only true when you are using a traditional bow string made of natural materials.
Most modern bow strings are made of materials, that are uneffected by water, like polyester, liquid crystel polymers and more.
While those modern strings don’t get damaged by the water, they might still get soaked with water, which makes them heavier. This will reduce your efficiency when shooting in heavy rain.
Quite the opposite can happen, when it is too dry!
It is very bad for your bow string to dry out, because it can snap even easier then.
To make your bow string last much longer than they would usually and to prevent them from getting soaked or dried out, I highly recommend to buy some bow string wax!
It is cheap and serves its purpose very well.
Make sure you check the description of the wax to make sure it is the right one for you bow string.
Then when you got your wax, you just apply it carefully with your fingers. Don’t make it too thick.
Just spread it out, so you have a nice and thin film of wax all over your bow string.
If you are using a compound bow, do the same with the cables of the bow.
Again, make sure you are using the correct wax for you bow/bow string!
You can get it in every archery store, or conveniently from Amazon.com
The following are just three examples of many different waxes you can get:
I want you to get out there and continue with your archery training.
Keep your bow, archery equipment and bow string well mantained, by using bow string wax, and you are going to have a great time.
Bow string wax is way cheaper than bow strings, so it is a great investment and after some time, you will get a feeling for when you need to wax your bow string and when it is still doing fine.
Did you even know about this problem and its solution?
Let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to discuss everything with you.