Depends on your bow with ALL the other accessories attached. Does it feel balanced in hand? Is it wanting to lean forward or backward? does it cant to one side? You can add more weight to get a short stabilizer to work more in the direction you want. Some bows are balanced better than others and don't require much. You might need more dampening action with aggressive cams. I prefer a longer (10-12" with an 8" sidebar for hunting) stabilizer with less weight. Target shooters use lots of weight and long stabilizers to steady the bow and make it "HOLD" on target
Stabilizers mainly come in two categories, short dampening rods and actual target length stabs. The general rule of thumb is that anything below 12'' doesn't really serve to stabilize as much as it serves to dampen vibration etc. Now that being said there are short stabs that do work, and you will notice a difference going from no stab to a short 12'' or less stab. When moving from a 5'' to a 4'' I would seriously doubt you will notice any difference at all. I run a 5'' stab on my bow, it helps SLIGHTLY with stabilization and a lot with vibration dampening. Hope this helps.
Probably not much as long as they are close to the same weight
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