August 22, 2012 at 12:12pm
As Goblin stated they do have their purpose and actually many purposes. Everything from balance, vibration control, noise reduction and one I haven't seen mentioned, torque reduction. No matter what, don't just buy one because someone else uses that particular one. My current bow holds better without one so, I use a light one to reduce vibration. That's really all it is there for. My last bow needed at least 8' with at least 3oz of weight on the end. The one before that needed a lot more help than I was willing to spend on stabs. What I suggest doing is going to a shop and trying different ones out. Most shops will let you do that. If they don't you probably want to find another shop. In any case, just remember that each bow is different with each shooter. You and I would probably need a different stab for the same exact bow. Everything from Draw weight to draw length to bows natural balance to the way the wind is blowing can change what is needed from a stabilizer.