After shooting a "stick bow" for a few years a friend asked me to try his compound bow. Since we had close draw length's I took his bow for a couple of shots. The re-curve bow I was shooting 53# for my draw of 28.75''. His bow was set for 55 Lb at 29" draw. To see the difference in arrow trajectory was impressive and left me with a "WOW" impression.
I quickly surmised I could shoot 60 lb and only hold 48 lb ! Approximately 7 more weight pounds with a hold of 5 lb less than I was holding. "WOW"
I was easily convinced a compound was a better method for me. More bow weight, less poundage to hold. ( I still shot my re-curve for a back up bow and for shooting carp )
When I look at today's compounds in comparison to the early compounds, I can only say "WOW"
Today, compounds shoot so much faster with far less holding weight it is hard to believe how much they have progressed since the infancy of this bow.
With all of this said, the romantic nostalgia of the "Stick Bow" still holds it's own in simplicity, beauty and durability. It will forever hold a certain "WOW" of it's own. ,
In conclusion of this rambling post,
"To each his own, of equipment, methods, and opinions"
Be safe, shoot straight and,
Good Luck :^}
My next 'wow' came when I figured out how to bust nocks with my td recurve without sights or accessories. Watching a cedar arrow hit right where you envision....that's a wonderful wow.
My last wow came when I saw how rapidly arrows are being propelled by today's compounds, crossbows, slingbows and air"bows". People definitely value speed and performance. My bow is more Jeep than Jaguar....I have an aversion to chronographs and digital data, lol.
LOL I still say one of my favorite bows to ever shoot was a cougar magnum I shot very well with that bow!
I went to a HOYT Pro vantage rocket with fast flight strings. NO WOW factor between the two.
I had that Hoyt for what seemed a long time? Then I shot a Mathews MQ1 and what a WOW factor that was!
then I went to a Mathews legacy and had a SIGH factor nothing like the MQ1 but I killed a ton of animals with the legacy!
Then I bought a Mathews Creed and I once again had a WOW factor!