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Jake Kaminski ‘Tuning series’
Barebow tuning
Nocking points
Button / Plunger
Arrow clearance
Sound tuning
Bow string
Limb alignment
Bow length
Archers paradox

Jake Kaminski ‘Tuning series’

JakeKaminski | Episode 1: Basic Recurve Setup

Sequence of bow tuning items:
 – set rough bow weight
 – set rough tiller
 – set limb alignment
 – set center shot
 – stabilization setup
 – tiller
 – rough bare-shaft
 – brace height
 – walk-back tune
 – final bare-shaft tune
 – fine tuning

JakeKaminski | Tuning Best Order to Make Adjustments

So you know how to tune your recurve bow, but are you adjusting the different settings and using the tuning process in the correct order? I find many people do not and that causes a lot of issues and ultimately does not give you a forgiving setup which results in a bow that will not shoot the highest scores possible. 

I go over the order in which I tune my Recurve bow referencing my Recurve Tuning Series that I have covered in depth. Ultimately I want to help you set up your recurve bow to be the most forgiving, most accurate and highest scoring bow possible. This is a review of my order of operations video now that I have covered (for the most part) my tuning process in the tuning series which is found below. 

 JakeKaminski | Episode 2: Equipment Basics; definition and how to adjust

Recurve Archery Tuning Series Equipment Basics; definition and how to adjust.  Overview and description of equipment basics including how to adjust each basic part on a standard Olympic recurve setup.  

JakeKaminski | Episode 3: Limb Alignment plus rough bow weight & tiller

Recurve Archery Tuning Series Limb Alignment plus rough bow weight and tiller. This video covers what I mean when I say rough bow weight or rough tiller. I also cover the proper way to align your limbs and my thoughts of the tools used to align your bow. Plus how to check if you stabilizer is straight to make sure you are using a good reference point for setting up your equipment. 


Recurve limb alignment is a key part of setting up your bow, but many people spend far too much time on this area and get confused. In this video I show you how the basic process to check and align the limbs in the fastest, most accurate way so you can leave the limb alignment locked down, and be confident it’s in the correct plane.

OnlineArcheryAcademy | Please don’t tune your bow like this!

Button stiffness tuning is really only for fine-tuning. First adjust the bow weight, arrow point weight and arrow length to match the arrow spine to the bow and your technique.

JakeKaminski | Episode 4: Center Shot setup plus how to find arrow nodes

Recurve Archery Tuning Series Center Shot setup plus how to find arrow nodes. This video covers how I suggest all archers to setup their center shot before they continue further in this tuning series according to my recommended order of operations. I also cover how to find the nodes on your arrows.

JakeKaminski | Episode 5: Arrow rest selection and setup

Recurve arrow rest selection Archery Tuning Series Episode 5. Have you ever wondered the pros and cons of each type of arrow rest? Or weren’t sure which one is best suited for your style of shooting? I’ll help you pick out the correct rest for you.

JakeKaminski | Episode 6: Stabilizer setup

Compound and Recurve Stabilizer setup Archery Tuning Series Episode 6. What are stabilizers and what do they do? How can different dampers, weights, lengths, angles and extensions affect the performance of your bow? I’ll show you how to make the best of your stabilizer setup to help you shoot better, hold more still and shoot better scores.

JakeKaminski | Recurve Extensions 101 & advanced stabilizer theory

This video is labeled as part of the tuning series but is actually a video on how Jake found an extender that worked for him and how he and AAE created a ‘tunable’ extender.

JakeKaminski | Recurve Tiller Adjustment: Make it easier to keep your hook with proper tiller adjustment

Did you know you can adjust your tiller on your recurve bow to help keep your fingers on the string more easily? Many people use the tiller adjustment in a manor that makes it more difficult to keep their hook on the string, I’ll show you how to adjust your bow’s tiller so you can keep your fingers on the string. 

JakeKaminski | Episode 8: Brace Height like a Pro

How to find the best possible brace height for your specific setup, what brace height affects, how does it impact your tune? All of these things covered in this video. 

JakeKaminski | Episode 9: Nocking Point, how to find the best spot for you

How do you find the best nocking point location for your individual setup? Find out in this video how to adjust your nocking points and learn the differences between the different types out there. 

JakeKaminski | Episode 10: Bare Shaft Tuning

How do you tune a Recurve Bow? With Bare Shaft tuning! It really is not complicated, I break down how top level archers tune their recurve bow using the bareshaft tuning method. How to fix arrows that are too weak, too stiff, nock high, nock low, etc. All of these things are covered in this video and I help you understand why each change takes place.

JakeKaminski | Fix Your Crooked Bare Shafts when Bare Shaft Tuning

Crooked Bare Shafts are very common, I show you in this video how to fix the confusion over a crooked bare shaft while tuning your recurve bow. People ask me often: How do I fix crooked bare shafts or Why is my bare shaft crooked in the target? The explanation is simpler then you may think. 

JakeKaminski | Walk Back Tuning: Find Your Bow’s Perfect Center Shot

Jake will show you how to find the perfect center shot for your exact setup. When tuning a recurve bow, it can be confusing on where to set your center shot. With the walkback tuning method, you take the guesswork out of your center shot. Walk Back tuning is a very simple method to follow, and usually takes 10-30 minutes. Well worth the time to spend when it comes to tuning as center shot has a direct relationship to your recurve bow’s tune. 

JakeKaminski | Episode 11: Fine Tune a Recurve Bow and Get Better Groups

What separates the Pros from the average Joes? Fine Tuning! This step that is the last step in the recurve archery tuning process and will give you a huge advantage. The difference between a decent grouping bow and a world class tune is fine tuning. I take you through my process and give you the tools and knowledge on how to adjust your bow to shoot the best it can for you. 

No matter your level, you can benefit from fine tuning. I have seen many people amazed at how tight their groups can get with a little time and effort into fine tuning. 

JakeKaminski | Tuning for Performance: A Comprehensive Olympic Recurve Archery Tuning Guide

Tuning for Performance is a step-by-step recurve archery tuning guide by two-time Olympic Silver Medalist Jake Kaminski. In these information-packed chapters, Jake will walk you through exactly how to tune your bow.

[Eric Yspeert – For who is interested, I have a copy of this book usually with me on the range]

Barebow tuning

JakeKaminski | How To Tune A Barebow Step By Step

So I finally nail down and take my time tuning my Gillo GT at 30 meters via bare shaft tuning. After adjusting my nocking points, my stiffness was way off and I needed to adjust there as well. Follow my barebow journey and learn how bare shaft tuning a barebow is more difficult then tuning a recurve.

JakeKaminski | How Much Does Arrow Length Affect Crawl in Barebow?

I have been struggling with too deep of a crawl when shooting barebow up close. I find out how much shooting with longer arrows affects the crawl amount while shooting barebow archery and report back to you my findings. I shoot three different length and spine arrows in this video to get more information and share those details with you.

Also I explain my lower anchor here:  • My Barebow Anchor…

I know my crawl could be more manageable with a higher anchor but I want to keep the foundation I built over 10 years and hundreds of thousands of arrows with my recurve alignment and feel at full draw. 

JakeKaminski | Barebow Indoor Tuning Mini-Series Episode 1: Win & Win Meta DX Initial Setup

The start of a mini-series on barebow archery setup for indoors. I complete initial setup, limb alignment, tiller and brace-height settings to start a solid foundation for building an indoor specific barebow rig. The goal of this series is to show my process on setting up, tuning and adjustment of a barebow for indoor season. 

JakeKaminski | Barebow Indoor Tuning Mini-Series Episode 2: Building Indoor Arrows for 18m

Continuing this Barebow Build for Indoor Season Mini-Series, I build my arrows with maximum forgiveness in mind. I am working to create as much of a forgiving setup as possible and use all the tricks I have learned over the years when shooting recurve at a high level. 

JakeKaminski | Barebow Indoor Tuning Mini-Series Episode 3: Bare Shaft Tuning

Continuing the Indoor Barebow Archery Tuning Mini Series with bare shaft tuning on my W&W Meta-DX Barebow setup… Finally I shoot my first bareshafts through this setup at both 18m and 30m, I give my reasoning as to why I prefer to tune at 30 Meters for indoor season. 
00:413:55 Zniper Rest Setup
3:557:10 Finding my Crawl
7:109:55 Why I Tune at 30M
9:5514:22 Shooting the First Bare Shafts
14:2217:56 Making the First Adjustments
17:5622:15 More Bare Shafts
22:1527:45 30M Bare Shaft Shooting
27:4528:41 Crawl Check
28:4133:46 Tuning Woes
33:4636:03 This is Fine!
36:0337:43 18M Shooting
37:4338:21 Grip Sear Discovery
38:2146:13 Summary

JakeKaminski | Barebow Tiller

Adjusting your tiller while shooting barebow archery can make aiming EASIER if you know how to adjust it correctly. I show you how to measure tiller on your barebow, how to adjust the tiller and how to make your aiming steadier with one simple principal. 


JakeKaminski | Archery Stabilizer Basics for Beginner Archers

There are a million options when it comes to archery stabilizers. Without the proper understanding what they do and how you can use them to your benefit, you may make a mistake and purchase the wrong type of stabilizer for your bow. 

In this video I give you the info and explain what the main differences are in the types of archery stabilizers out on the market and help direct you to the stabilizer best for you. 

JakeKaminski | 3 Archery Stabilizer Principals to Hold Steadier

I give you 3 tips on how to tune your stabilizer to help you hold steadier, making you a more accurate archer! The stabilizers not only are tuning the bow reaction after the shot or reducing vibration, you can tune stabilizers to help your aiming pattern! These basic stabilizer principals apply to recurve and compound archery.
1:395:28 Front/Rear Balance
5:286:45 Left/Right Balance
6:4510:03 Overall Weight
10:0312:28 Bonus Tips

JakeKaminski | Why Recurve Archers Use Top Weights – Benefits and Drawbacks to Top Dampers

I’ve had a few questions about why a lot of recurve archers use top weights on their bow’s and some don’t. I cover the main benefit and main draw back to using a top weight on your recurve bow. 

JakeKaminski | Why Putting Weights on the Bottom of your Riser Isn’t The Best Idea

Putting weights on the bottom of your recurve or barebow riser may feel great, but its not the best idea. Especially when tuning, consistency and forgiveness is concerned. I explain why and how putting weights in the bottom pocket of your bow affects the flight of your arrow.

Nocking points

JakeKaminski | How To Tie Nocking Points, learn moveable & permanent nocking points

How do the top archers around the world tie nocking points? I show you how to master the tied on nocking point for archery, compound, recurve, barebow, and traditional. I show you two separate nocking points, moveable and permanent types. 

OnlineArcheryAcademy | The EASIEST Archery Nocking Point

Tying and setting your nocking point properly is really important for your vertical grouping and consistency, and learning how to make your own is a little bit of a right of passage for new archers, so don’t be afraid to give it a go and make your own! I know that learning it as a beginner is a bit daunting to say the least, but this method is super easy and really quick to do. 

This is the most simple, quick method which is easy to learn, but for the BEST, MOST SECURE AND CLEANEST nocking points, check out my other video.

OnlineArcheryAcademy | The BEST Archery Nocking Point

Tying and setting your nocking point properly is HUGELY important to your vertical grouping and bare-shaft tuning of your bow. In this video I show you how to make what some people term a ‘Korean’ style nocking point because of the longer profile of each section. These are the most secure, clean and durable nocking points you can make. They’re a bit more advanced, and take longer to learn than other methods, but the time will pay for itself because they should never come loose when done correctly.

OnlineArcheryAcademy | How To Get Perfect Nock Fit

Adjusting your nock fit will massively change your arrow tuning. It is important to make sure the arrow fits on the bowstring properly for safety. It’s dangerous to shoot with a fit that is too loose or too tight on the string.

If the nock is too loose, the arrow could fall off the string during the shot. If the nock is too tight, over time it could cause the nock to crack. This could lead to the nock exploding when you release. Both examples are dangerous. Because of this, it’s super important to make sure your nock size is correct for the string and serving material that you have.

TripleTroubleArchery | HOW TO SET a NOCKING POINT

A nocking point in archery can determine how the arrow flies and if it clears the bow when it’s shot. By changing the nocking point, you can tune the bow in such a way that the arrow flies better and you get a more consistent result. Nocking points are typically made out of either a piece of nylon string, or a brass little ring.

In this video, Steve explains how he makes his nocking point and how he decides where to put it! 

Button / Plunger

JakeKaminski | How to setup your Plunger

I get asked about the plunger setup all the time! Finally I tell you how to adjust your plunger to help get your recurve bow tuned as best as possible. When it comes to recurve archery, the most confusing and often asked questions seems to revolve around the plunger. 

I explain my experience with tuning my plunger for you to use to adjust your plunger with the same thought process. 

JakeKaminski | How to Set Up a Back Up Plunger and Common questions about plungers

Many questions about the Plunger in relation to recurve archery go unanswered, I do my best to answer those questions. I also show you exactly how to set up a back up plunger identical to your primary plunger on your bow. 

This can help with building a backup set of equipment, or when comparing and contrasting different plungers in your equipment box. 

OnlineArcheryAcademy | The REAL important tuning areas

Too many archers spend massive amounts of time on tuning, when in reality it doesn’t matter. Getting a basic tune is important, but beyond that what should you use your time for when it comes to tuning? 

I explain why micro-tuning isn’t that important and why you should spend your time on other things!

OnlineArcheryAcademy | Please don’t tune your bow like this!

Button stiffness tuning is really only for fine-tuning. First adjust the bow weight, arrow point weight and arrow length to match the arrow spine to the bow and your technique.


OnlineArcheryAcademy | USING THE LIMB BOLTS

Do not modify the limb bolts while the bow is strung or you might strip the threads of the riser.
The limb bolts are primarily designed to modify the tiller and adjust the bows poundage to match the arrow spine.

[Eric Yspeert – Hmm. He wants to set the limbs to align with the riser. I do not share this viewpoint, only in the extreme positions]


JakeKaminski | Arrow Selection and How to Select the Right Spine for You

Lots of people waste money on arrows when they pick the incorrect spine for their needs, I will help make sure that never happens to you. A couple SIMPLE things get over looked and after you watch this video, you wont make the same mistake that many many others have made when picking new arrows out. 

JakeKaminski | Arrow Nodes Explained

I produced a video a while ago on how to find you arrow nodes:

I FINALLY explain how thats relevant to know and how to build more accurate, forgiving arrows to make you a better archer! You can make your recurve more forgiving with the properly built arrow.

JakeKaminski | Build More Accurate Arrows using Arrow Spine Indexing

Arrow spine indexing can really help increase your scores if you know what you are looking for. Aligning your arrow spine will help build more consistent, accurate arrows and will result in higher scores. I take you through how to use a arrow spine tester to measure the radial stiffness of your arrows and show you where to put the stiffest spot of your arrow against your bow. 

JakeKaminski | Arrow FOC for Tournament Archery Does it Matter?

I give you the basics of arrow FOC or Front of Center Balance including how to find the FOC of your arrows. I also share my experience with measuring and using FOC in my archery career. 

JakeKaminski | Indoor Arrow Selection Guide: Skinny Arrows or Line-Cutters for Indoor Archery?

Selecting the right arrows for indoor archery performance can be a challenge, skinny or fat arrows? Aluminum or Carbon Arrows? I discuss the ins and outs of each type of indoor arrow and give you the knowledge to make a more educated decision on which type of indoor arrow to shoot.

JakeKaminski | The Proper Nock Fit

Nock fitment is often an overlooked detail when setting up your bow and building arrows. I cover how to look for the optimal nock fitment onto the bow string. I also cover things you can do to make your nocks fit correctly. 

Arrow clearance

OnlineArcheryAcademy | Arrow clearance tests – recurve archery tuning

Many archers struggle with identifying bad arrow clearance, and diagnosing whether their tuning problems are due to this or not. Here I explain some key ways you can check if you’ve got bad arrow clearance. 

OnlineArcheryAcademy | 6 Ways To Fix Arrow Clearance Issues

Learn about possible causes of arrow clearance issues. When you release the arrow, it should bend around the riser and pass without any part of the arrow contacting any part of the bow. This is called ‘clearance’. If the arrow contacts the bow this is an issue and it can cause very erratic grouping and strange tuning results.

In a previous video I looked at ways of checking if you suffer from bad arrow clearance. In this video I show you how to fix bad clearance.

Sound tuning

OnlineArcheryAcademy | Sound tuning your tiller and braceheight

Sound tuning is a great way to find the correct tiller and brace-height for your recurve setup. It’s simple and effective and in this video I go through how you can use it and some extra tips for your braceheight.

JakeKaminski | 7 Fixes For a Loud Bow

Many people deal with a very loud Recurve style bow, in this video I’ll give you 7 ways to quiet down your recurve style bow. Some of these fixes are hard to find if you don’t know what to look for, I give you my seven go to ways in making my recurve style bow quieter. 

  • adjust brace height
  • loose strand in string
  • number of strands in string
  • rattling (locking) nuts, sight, or clicker
  • use limb saver
  • use dampers on your stabilizers
  • tune bow and arrows

Bow string

JakeKaminski | How Many Twists Should be in a Bowstring?

Bow strings require to be twisted the right amount for accuracy and a quiet happy bow. How many twists you have in your string is critical to bow performance and grouping. I show you how to recognize when your bowstring has too many twists, not enough twists and what to do when you need to adjust it. 

JakeKaminski | Pick The BEST String Material for Recurve

I often get asked a lot of questions about string material preference of the top recurve shooters in the world. People also ask a lot about how many strands to use on their bow. Ill cover those plus more in this video. 

OnlineArcheryAcademy | How To Prepare Your Recurve String To Shoot

I’ll show you how to prepare your new bow string to shoot in all weather conditions.


JakeKaminski | Which is better: Formula or ILF Recurve Bows?

Is the @hoytarcheryofficial Formula bow better than the ILF bow? Lets find out if the Hoyt Formula Series Riser and Limbs are any better than the ILF Riser and Limbs. I put the Hoyt Exceed and Velos Limbs up against the Hoyt Formula Xi and Velos Limbs to lay this debate to rest!

JakeKaminski | How to Diagnose and Fix a Bent, Warped or Crooked Recurve Limb

Nothing is worse then discovering your limbs may be bent, crooked or warped…. Unless you know how to fix it yourself! I have used this method on countless bows to diagnose and fix a twisted recurve limb. 

Limb alignment


Sick of going round in circles with your limb alignment? It doesn’t have to be that hard, trust me!

Recurve limb alignment is a key part of setting up your bow, but many people spend far too much time on this area and get confused.

In this video I show you how the basic process to check and align the limbs in the fastest, most accurate way so you can leave the limb alignment locked down, and be confident it’s in the correct plane.


JakeKaminski | How To Level Your Recurve Sight Bar

Lots of recurve archers have issues needing to move their sight left or right when moving to different distances. The fix is SIMPLE! But most people “level” their sight the wrong way. 

We have a built in adjustment on the sight bar for a reason, I’ll show you how to set it up the best way to prevent the need to adjust windage when shooting different distances. 

OnlineArcheryAcademy | How to install, setup and align your recurve sight

For Olympic Recurve 1440 rounds this makes sure that you don’t have to move your windage between distances.

Bow length

JakeKaminski | Are Longer Limbs More Forgiving? What happens When Changing the Length of Your Recurve Bow

Does your bow fit you properly? What would be the potential benefits and drawbacks of changing your bow length? Are longer bows more forgiving? Are shorter bows faster? All of these questions are common things to wonder, I cover benefits and drawbacks to changing your recurve olympic style bow length in this video.


JakeKaminski | High Wrist Vs. Low Wrist Grips: Which Grip is BEST for YOU

I get asked all the time on which type of grip I prefer, a high wrist or low wrist grip? I break down the benefits and draw backs on both the high wrist bow grip and the low wrist bow grip so you can make the informed choice. 

Archers paradox

WernerBeiter | Archers Paradox on a Recurve Bow

WernerBeiter | Archers Paradox on a Bare Bow with String-Walking

schme1440 | Beiter high-speed release

schme1440 | Beiter high-speed target

JakeKaminski | Highspeed footage of Archers Paradox and spin wing vanes

WillBowmaker | Archer’s Paradox Slow Motion – Blender Animation

DanielYononindo | Archers paradox on a traditional bow

Whitebelt | Kyudo – hidden techniques