The Importance of Torque Tuning and How to Do It Right

There is not enough people talking about this. If you haven’t torque tuned your bow boy oh boy are you in for a treat. You can kiss some of those pesky left and right misses sweet goodbye after you’ve read this article! 

Now, it’s important to understand the impact of torque on the accuracy of your bow. Torque is any twisting motion or force that’s applied to the bowstring during the shot, and it can cause inconsistencies in arrow flight and accuracy. To ensure consistent and accurate arrow flight, it’s essential to torque tune your compound bow.

What we’ll cover in this article

  • What is Torque Tuning?
  • Tools and Equipment Needed for Torque Tuning
  • Adjusting the Rest
  • Check for Torque
  • Tips and Tricks for Troubleshooting Common Issues

What is Torque Tuning?

Torque tuning is the process of adjusting your bow to ensure that there’s no torque on the bowstring caused by improper alignment. It helps to eliminate any inconsistencies in arrow flight, which can impact the accuracy of your shots. By torque tuning your compound bow, you can ensure that your shots are consistently accurate, which is essential for successful archery.

Tools and Equipment Needed for Torque Tuning

Before you begin torque tuning your compound bow, you’ll need the right tools and equipment. The following items are necessary for successful torque tuning:

  1. Allen Wrenches 
  2. Overdraw Rest (Optional)

The Allen wrench is used to adjust the rest. An overdraw rest is optional but may be necessary for optimal results.

Adjusting the Rest

Using the Allen wrench, adjust the rest so that it’s centered with the bowstring. This will help to eliminate any inconsistencies in arrow flight caused by improper alignment. Check your bow manufacture for this spec.

Then adjust your rest so that it’s level with the bowstring. This will help to reduce torque and ensure consistent arrow flight.

Check for Torque

Using a plumb bob line vertically on your target, stand about 20 yards away from the target and take your first shot shooting normally. Your arrow should hit along the plumb bob line that you placed. 

Next shot induce torque to the left and aim your shot at the plumb bob line and note where the arrow goes. Then you guessed it induce torque to the right and note where your arrow goes. 

Depending on which way you torqued the bow and which side of the line the corresponding arrow landed you will either move your rest in or out. 


Arrow landed same side you torqued move your rest back towards the bow string 
Arrow landed the opposite side that you torqued move your rest forward 

Tips and Tricks for Troubleshooting Common Issues

Here are some tips and tricks for troubleshooting common issues that may arise during the torque tuning process:

  • Ensure that you’re standing at the correct distance from the target (around 20 yards away) when checking for torque.
  • Be patient and take your time when making adjustments to the bow. Rushing the process can cause additional issues and inconsistencies.
  • Make small adjustments to the rest and then test the bow again before making additional adjustments.


Torque tuning a compound bow is an essential step for any first-time user. By following this step-by-step guide, you can ensure that your bow is properly aligned, eliminating any torque and inconsistencies in arrow flight. With consistent and accurate arrow flight

Rogan Cunningham

Rogan Cunningham is an archer and writer for He's a proud member of the National Archery Squad. He writes about his archery training, shooting, and traveling with the national archery team, and he also reviews all kinds of archery kit. He only writes about archery, what can I tell you?..... He's an Archer!

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