Knowledge Base

Installing a new arrow rest

If there is an existing rest on your bow, remove it and clean the bow. Once the area has been cleaned remove the cover on the sticky back of the rest and align the button hole on the bow with the hole on the rest and then using a bow square to set the rotation of the rest to perpendicular with the string place the rest down on the bow making sure to press firmly on all parts of the rest to engage the sticky back.

Installing nocking points

Place a bow square on the string and adjust the height so the end of it rests on your arrow rest. This gives you a perpendicular line. On the bow square you will see a centre mark, use this centre mark as the top of your bottom nocking point. Place an arrow above the bottom nocking point and then place your top nocking point above the arrow. You want the arrow to sit comfortably between the nocking points, not too tight but not too loose that the arrow can move about.

If you are using brass nocking points, place them on the string and move them until they are in the above mentioned positions and then use a nocking pliers to tighten them onto the string.

If you are using serving material to make the nocking points, use a silver pen or a little bit of tip-ex to mark the above mentioned positions. Do the bottom nocking point first. To tie in the bottom nocking point cut off a piece of serving material about 12 inches in length (to be safe). Then start the nocking point by wrapping the serving material around the string and crossing it like you do with a pair of laces on a shoe.

After the first knot is positioned and tightened. Wrap the loose ends around the string and do the next knot opposite the first one.

You should do 3 knots and then tie a full knot onto the 4th one, the tighter you keep the knots along the way, the better the nocking points will be.

Cut off the loose ends and use a lighter to melt the last knot onto the nocking point (without burning the string).

Once you are happy with the bottom nocking point, place an arrow above it and then start tying in the top nocking point in the same way. The arrow should fit comfortably between the nocking points (not tight and not loose enough for the arrow to move).

How to do center serving on a string

Mark the top and bottom of the old serving and measure how far down your nocking points are. Then remove the old center serving, taking extreme care not to cut any strands of the string as this will lead to the string snapping during training. Then you want to lay the serving along the string and then loop the serving around the string back on itself. Once you have about 1cm wrapped back you then want to bring the serving to the other side, so you are not looping over the serving anymore. Continue looping the string until you get about 1cm from the stopping point, then pull a long bit of serving and lay it on the string in the direction that you are serving. Now you want to leave a gap and start looping backwards around the string and over the strand that you lay along the string, once you have about 1cm wrapped, you want to keep tension on the serving and keep serving the string with the original serving. I know this is hard to follow and a video is really easier to follow, so I included one below.