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My buddy recently purchased a Mathews Z7 bow. I was pretty excited for him because it looks like an awesome bow. Once he got it, I had the chance to shoot it. I didn't like it. It felt very heavy in the front end, almost to the point that it felt unbalanced. I shoot an old Mathews SQ2, and I love shooting it. It was a huge difference with the newer Z7. Are all of the newer parallel design bows like that?
 

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wow, you mean i'm not the only one that ISNT a fan of the top heavy stuff?

to me it takes way too much physical effort to keep it stable and balanced.....keep the 'up side up' thing.
 

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No , they all are no like that. There are a few companies whose bows are balanced and takes very little effort to keep them that way.
 

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When you look at bow design, you have to remember that the arrow is not the center top to bottom. The actual midpoint of the bow is usually somewhere between the arrow and the throat of the grip. Some companies are on one side of that spectrum, some are on the other and there will be a big difference in how they feel because of that.
If the throat of the grip is the center, you about equal mass above and below your hand, which can result in a better balanced feel. I would guess that the drawback is that the arrow is farther from center and thus it takes more cam engineering to get a level nock travel.
If the arrow (berger hole) is the center, then you have about 1.5" more riser above your hand than you have below. To me this, makes the bow feel very top heavy and tipy. The advantage would be that he arrow path is the center and thus equal pull or rewind from each cam would result is a very good vertical nock travel.

The other factor is that with a parallel limb bow, risers have gotten longer to maintain axle to axle length and typically an inch of riser will weigh more than an inch of limb. That being said, this doesn't play too much of a role due to the axle to axle lengths getting shorter at well.

Don't write off ALL parallel limb bows, there are huge differences between all the companies and designs on the market.

I'm a pretty loyal HOYT shooter for a number of reasons, one of which being that I feel the bow is very well balanced in that top/bottom aspect, not to mention front to back as well. If you get a chance, try shooting a CRX or even one of the carbon bows, and I would guess that you would feel quite a balance difference from the Z7.
I'm not going to preach that one balance type is better, but most everyone has a preference that leans one way or the other.

Mitch
 

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Go try a BowTech Invasion for the opposite feel of a deflexed riser. It balanced very well with a good solid stabilizer up front, bare it will tip back from the top towards you. I also like the way the new Hoyts balance.
 
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