Fondly referred to as ‘the dark side’. Usually by those that have not yet ‘seen the light’. Compound bows are designed for maximum accuracy and are the latest development in archery equipment.
The main difference between a compound bow and a recurve bow is the eccentric cam attached to each limb. As the bow is drawn, the cam rotates and compresses the limbs. But when the cam approaches the fully drawn position, the holding weight decreases sharply. The initial draw of say, 50#, lets off to 20# for the duration of the aim allowing the archer to aim more steadily.
Compound is the most accurate bow style. Release aids and scopes add to the accuracy. Arrow speed is faster giving a flatter trajectory. The compound bow division is hugely popular and depends more on skill than physical strength.
But don’t be fooled into thinking this makes winning easier. Your competitors will have these same advantages too!