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How To Adjust Axle To Axle On Compound Bow

To have the best accuracy when shooting arrows from a compound bow, you need to have a precise axle-to-axle (ATA) length. But, to a non-professional, it might seem difficult to adjust the axle to axle (ATA) length precisely.

However, you've got nothing to worry about. We'll guide you through the process of adjusting axle to axle on a compound bow.

Therefore, stick with us to the end!!

In order to adjust your axle to axle (ATA) length in your compound bow, you can simply follow the steps we have mentioned below:

1. Measure your current axle to axle length:

When you are adjusting your ATA length, you might need to increase or decrease the length. But, how do you know how much length you increased or decreased?

You can do that by comparing the newly adjusted length with the former length. Thus, before adjusting your axle to axle length, you must measure current axle to axle on your compound bow.

So, don’t forget to take note of your current ATA length with a measuring tape before moving to the later steps.

2. Increasing the ATA length:

First, you can try to increase the ATA length and check if it's compatible with your comfort level. You'll have to decrease the twist on your cable to do that. Remember, reducing the twist on your cable always lengthens the ATA length.

However, to increase the length precisely, We suggest you reduce a single twist from the string at a time and check your comfort level. After that, you can remove another twist consecutively if you need to increase the ATA length further.

3. Decreasing the ATA length:

If increasing the ATA length is not doing the job for you, you must try decreasing the ATA length. To do that, you must do the opposite of the steps mentioned above.

More specifically, you have to add a twist to the cable to decrease the ATA length. We suggest you add a single twist to the cable and check the current ATA length. If the ATA length after adding the twist is not comfortable for you, you can keep adding more twists one by one.

Why Proper Axle To Axle Adjustment Of Compound Bow Is Important?

One of the advantages of longer axle to axle bow is that an increased ATA length means a more forgiving compound bow. To be more specific, the longer the ATA length you have in a compound bow, the more accuracy it will be able to provide you.

Not only that, a longer ATA means that your inaccuracy in delivery will not put much effect on the output of your shot. For instance, if you have a short ATA length (less than 27-inch), a small amount of handshaking might cause you to miss your target.

On the other hand, if you have a long ATA length (More than 30-inch), small inaccuracies in your delivery will not cause much damage to your target hitting accuracy.

How Does Axle To Axle Affect Bow?

The axle-to-axle length has major effects on a compound bow. For example, a shorter axle to axle length means that you can easily deliver your shots in the shortest time.

On the other hand, a longer ATA length means that you will need more time to deliver your shot. That means you'll have faster handling and quicker reaction time if you have a shorter ATA.

On top of that, the string angle depends on the ATA length of a compound bow as well. For example, if you have a long ATA length, the string angle will be larger (and vice versa).


The bottom line here is that, if you care about the accuracy of shots, ATA length adjustment is not a negligible fact. In fact, you must readjust your ATA length before every practice session. So, this guide on will be a big help for you.

Now, if you want to know about other important aspects of compound bows such as setting up arrow rest on compound bows, adjusting peephole, etc., you should also browse through other subsections on this site. Best of luck to you!!

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