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String groove & string slap

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Does the string groove in a recurve limb serve a purpose? The only thing I can think of that it possibly keeps the string tracking in the center on release.
Secondly, does a recurve limb really move fast enough to make a slapping noise on release?
When I started with recurves I was chasing noises, as both my tune and shooting got better I had less and less noise. With the last set of limbs set of limbs I didn鈥檛 put any Velcro on the limb tips and don鈥檛 hear any difference, I definitely don鈥檛 hear any slapping noise.
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I never put anything on the limbs that interferes with the string groove on any of my recurve bows. Kind of a mental thing for me. Most of my noise cleared up with cat whiskers and shooting properly spined aluminum arrows, which are heavier they really quiet things down.
The string slap happens in the area right behind the string leaves the groove - Flexible elements interacting between them. I never padded the string groove as I鈥檝e seen done by a lot of archers. Just a little velcro in that area reduced the noise, or should I say the sound became more a thunk than a twang.
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Same as Draven, I never found putting anything in the groove to really make a difference but do use a little square of Velcro just past the groove. I also shoot heavy aluminum arrows and yarn puffs and my recurves are very quite. A very low pitch thud at worst.
Forgot to say I am a split finger shooter and pretty much hunt only these days .
The string slap happens in the area right behind the string leaves the groove - Flexible elements interacting between them. I never padded the string groove as I鈥檝e seen done by a lot of archers. Just a little velcro in that area reduced the noise, or should I say the sound became more a thunk than a twang.
Do you mean between the tip and the groove, before the string groove starts, or below the bottom of it, after where it ends? I've seen some folk put velco just up near the tip before it starts, but never after the groove.
Sid was doing that 10+ years ago. RIP
I think for me full strips of velcro helps soften the noise of the shot. I do tend to shoot at a bh closer to the min than the max and my arrows are not super heavy. I also found that a small 3/4鈥 round furniture pad works pretty well if it鈥檚 placed just where the string leaves the groove. I always felt the Velcro strips do sink into the groove somewhat. So while I cover the groove it鈥檚 still there to an extent.
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