Question: What is creep compared to stretch?Answer: Creep is non-recoverable elongation, unlike stretch which is basically elasticity or recoverable elongation. Some elasticity is necessary. Creep is a problem. It can cause the bow to go out of tune and the peep to rotate. The draw weight can increase or decrease and the draw length can increase or decrease.
Question: What is the fastest string material that does not creep?Answer: Formula 8125 material and Dynaflight 97 are made from the latest and strongest Dyneema® material. In many cases, little or no creep will occur when using these materials. Many recurve shooters prefer 8125 or DynaFLIGHT 97.
Question: Is it a fact that the lower the number of strands, the faster the arrow?Answer: Yes on most bows but not all, and of course with today"s extremely strong materials, a lower number of strands can normally be used safely. Note also that at a certain point not too far below the manufacturer"s recommended number of strands, it is quite likely that the archer will notice an increase in vibration directly after release because there is not enough mass in the string to absorb the "elastic energy" that occurs when the arrow is released. Note that HMPE products like Dyneema® and Spectra are prone to creep more if fewer strands are used. "Elevated temperatures and higher draw weights increase this problem."
Question: Is it necessary to use "special" wax with certain types of bowstring material?Answer: Not really. There are four main reasons for using wax on a bowstring. 1. To lubricate the fibers and prevent "fiber to fiber" abrasion 2. To help keep the "bundle" of strands together 3. To maintain and extend the life of the string 4. To help prevent water absorption Bowstring material manufacturers normally apply a generous amount of synthetic wax in liquid form, which insures that from its origin the bowstring material is well lubricated inside and out. It is this process which gives the material its basic protection from fiber to fiber abrasion and helps keep the bundle of strands together. Generally the type of wax used would be a good quality standard "tacky" wax. At this stage it would be unusual for the wax to include silicone which is very slick and, particularly in the case of Flemish strings, makes it difficult to convert the bowstring material into a finished bowstring. However, after the string is made, it is recommended that the archer look for a "maintenance" wax that contains some silicone because a wax blended with silicone penetrates the string material very well and keeps the inside fibers lubricated as well as the outside. Wax can be applied with fingers, with a cloth, or with a chamois leather. It should be applied frequently and rubbed well into the string.
Many thousands of shots can safely be achieved if the string is checked and maintained properly.
Question: What is the life of a bowstring?Answer:
Question: What is the best bowstring material for a modern Recurve bow?Answer: First it is essential to be sure that the bow is designed to shoot with the modern, high tenacity bowstring materials. Any doubt, use Dacron to avoid limb tip breakage. Which string material is best for recurves? It's not an easy question. Top recurve shooters are using DynaFLIGHT97; and by top shooters it means people like Vic Wunderle, Butch Johnson, Ed Eliason, and Simon Fairweather. So there's really not a clear recommendation, but theres a preference for Dyneema® which offers high strength and durability. Less strands can be used on lower poundage recurves, which helps arrow speed, particularly if the draw length is short. Question: What is the best bowstring material for a Crossbow ?Answer: 100% Dyneema® is recommended for safety and speed. This leads to DynaFLIGHT97. -26 or 28 strands are normally used. Creep is not normally a factor due to the extremely high strength of the string.