It can IF the shooter can handle the "speed" and IF it is an unmarked course. If he cant handle it OR it is a marked course then NO speed does nothing in a 3D shoot. I say nothing but some moderate speed can help in real windy conditions.
I shoot ASA so it's not as important to us as long as you can get the legal speed, but I know for the short draw's and the ladies that have a hard time getting the full 280 it does make a difference. If your shooting at a low 12 at 40 yards or better 10-15 fps will make a difference if your yardage isn't perfect. 4-5 fps? no. 12-15 or better? definitely.
Speed can't overcome bad shooting but if a person can shoot with consistent and dependable form then speed will help cover his yardages better. I believe it is an advantage. Is height an advantage in basketball? It can be.
Not everyone will benefit from speed. The one's who shoot well can benefit from a faster bow. To other's speed doesn't make any difference in their scores. If you can't shoot very well then no amount of speed will compensate for that. I vote for speed
I have a tough time w/ yardage uphill and downhill. I usually don't miss right-left by much. I do miss hi-lo and shooting for the wrong spot (not serious enough to use binoculars much and don't have every target memorized).
When I switched from a single cam to a much faster bow my scores went way up.
Speed can only help if you miss judge by a small amount. That being said I think that if two bows have similar specs go with the faster bow (if it feels good to you). I have a S4 mag and a S4 elite the mag is about 20 fps faster than the elite so I will be shooting the mag for unmarked an the elite for marked.
Does speed help? That's a very broad question, as "speed" or "fast" isn't defined. What is fast, is 280 fps or 300 fps fast? They are both "fast" or "slow" relative to the environment. 280 fps would be smoking at 45 lbs and 25" draw with 5 grains per pound. A bow that is IBO rated at 300 fps is considered slow.
I have a short draw and my "3D" Cougar has to be "right" to get it in the 280's. This same bow I've used at Lancaster in '07 and '08 so it's also a "spot" bow. It's shot many 58+ X's over the last couple of years. This bow is accurate and I shoot it well. But if I could get it to 300+ fps for IBO shoots I could and would use the 20 fps, I'm sure I would score higher!! I've shot with guys that were shooting 305+ fps from the same stake as I. 20 fps difference is significant.
Many top ASA shooters have IBO bows or set ups that go 300+ fps. They wouldn't be going faster for IBO than ASA if it didn't help them.
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