“The Ultimate Guide to Stabilizing Your Compound Bow Like a Pro”

Let me tell you if there’s one thing that I tinker with all the time it’s my stabilizers, always chasing the perfect balance. If it’s different ratio of weight from front to back or if it’s trying different angles for your side rod. The possible combinations of what you can do with your stabilizers is endless, and you should never settle unless it’s perfect!

As an experienced archer, you already know how important it is to stabilize your compound bow to achieve accuracy and precision. However, with so many different stabilizers available on the market, it can be challenging to determine the best setup for your individual shooting style. In this in-depth guide, I’ll provide you with expert techniques and equipment recommendations to help you take your bow stability to the next level.

In this article we’ll cover the following topics to stabilize your bow:

  • Side Stabilizers: The Basics
  • Mounting Positions
  • Adjusting Weight
  • Common Mistakes

Side Stabilizers: The Basics

One of the most popular types of stabilizers is the side stabilizer, which is designed to reduce torque and improve stability. Before we dive into the different mounting positions, let’s briefly review the basic components of a side stabilizer. Most side stabilizers consist of a carbon or aluminum rod that is attached to the bow’s riser, with weights and dampeners added to adjust the overall weight and balance of the bow.

Mounting Positions

The front of the riser: One common mounting position for a side stabilizer is at the front of the riser, typically in line with the bow’s grip. This position provides maximum stability and helps reduce torque during the shot. However, it can also make the bow feel heavier and less maneuverable.

The side of the riser: Another mounting position is on the side of the riser, which can help balance the bow and make it feel more natural in your hand. This position is also more maneuverable than mounting the stabilizer at the front of the riser. However, it may not provide as much stability as the front-mount position.

The back of the riser: The final mounting position is at the back of the riser, which can help improve manoeuvrability and make it easier to turn the bow quickly. However, this position may not provide as much stability as the other two positions, and it can also make the bow feel top-heavy.

Adjusting Weight

No matter where you choose to mount your side stabilizer, it’s important to adjust its weight properly to achieve maximum control and stability. To do this, start by adding small weights to the end of the stabilizer and testing the bow’s balance and stability. If the bow feels too heavy or unwieldy, remove some weight until you achieve a comfortable balance.

It’s also essential to adjust the weight of the side stabilizer based on its mounting position. For example, if you mount the stabilizer at the front of the riser, you may need to add more weight to counterbalance the bow. On the other hand, if you mount the stabilizer at the back of the riser, you may need to reduce the overall weight to avoid making the bow top-heavy.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake that many archers make when using side stabilizers is placing too much weight on the stabilizer. This can lead to decreased control and accuracy, making it difficult to achieve consistent shots. To avoid this issue, make sure to adjust the weight of the stabilizer gradually and test the bow’s balance at each step.


By mastering the art of stabilizing your compound bow with side stabilizers, you can achieve greater accuracy and precision in your shots. Remember to experiment with different mounting positions and adjust the weight of your stabilizer based on your individual shooting style. With a little practice and patience, you can take your archery skills to the next level.

Rogan Cunningham

Rogan Cunningham is an archer and writer for shootingcabin.com. 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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