How Do You Adjust a Pressure Button On a Bow?


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Known under different names such as plunger button and cushion button, whatever you call it the pressure button is a crucial part of bow and can be the difference between making a shot and missing one.

In this guide we will teach you about what a pressure button is used for in archery, when it should be used and how to tune your bow whilst using the button. 

What Does A Pressure Button Do

The pressure button is the point on a bow handle where the arrow touches the bow, it helps to center an arrow and it will also stabilize an arrow’s flight path as it is shot from the bow.

When the button is tuned correctly it can help to give a margin for error in your shot. Due to the stabilization, the pressure button gives the bow assistance if you were to fire slightly off line and the button would stabilize the arrow meaning it will still fire just as intended. 

The button is not designed to fix an arrow with a bent spine so although you may be led to believe that due to the button leveling arrows. A pressure button gives a small margin for error but it is not able to level out an arrow with a bent spine.

When Should It Be Used

The best way to use the button is to set it up only once you know your arrows are matched correctly to your bow.

The stiffness of the bow string known as spring tension is then only used for micro tuning, this is due to the pressure button holding the bow stil.

If you are using the pressure button and still struggling to get your arrows to fly straight then you may need to consider some other options. These can be bow weight, arrow length, point weight or a different set of arrows. 

There are many different types of archers and they will use the pressure button in different ways. Bareback archers will differ from recurve archers.

Everyone will have their own way of using the pressure button, it is an essential piece of equipment for being successful at archery.

Pressure buttons are unique due to the wide range of methods that they can be used to help tune a bow. It is vital to keep your button in good working order so it can do the job it is designed to do. 

Tuning Your Bow

The pressure button plays a key role in tuning a bow but just how do you tune your bow? Before undertaking this, it is important for you to understand that each archer will have their own preferred tension of the button.

The method we’re going to be using in this guide is called ‘bare shaft tuning’, so if you feel this method doesn’t work for you, you may need to adjust your tension. 

Tuning a bow is the only way to get the absolute most out of it and we all want to get the best out of our equipment.  This can range from getting the right arrows for your bow, checking the brace height and more complex tasks such as aligning the limbs.

The button is a crucial part of setting up your bow; it is one of the components of the bow that has contact with the arrow.

Tuning your bow is important, your button should not be too stiff nor too squishy. If the button is too stiff, it wont effectively absorb the wobble from your arrow and if the button is too squishy the button will be completely pressed in and the arrow will hit the bow.

Unfortunately there are no distinct rules to tune your bow, it is more trial and error since the archer plays a huge part, and every archer is different.

But we’ve made this guide to try and help you on your archery journey, this guide is for right-handed archers, if you are a left-handed archer you should do everything in reverse. 

How Do You Adjust a Pressure Button On a Bow (1)

Firstly you need to set up your center shot, this task is simple but time consuming. First nock an arrow and put the bow down somewhere you can still pull the string back but leave the frame stable.

Next stand behind the bow and line up the string of the bow with the middle of the riser. 

Once you have done this the arrow should be aligned with the string, if it is not then loosen your pressure button this can be done by loosening the locking mechanism.

Once loosened you can screw the button in or out, do this until the arrow is aligned. 

After you have aligned an arrow so that it is touching the center of the button. All you need to do is to get a piece of paper or card and put it on the arrow then slide the arrow down to the riser.

This is so you can see clearly what you are doing and you can now simply raise or lower it until it is central. 

Now the center shot has been sorted out, let’s move onto adjusting the tension of the button. To do this right you will need to remove all the fletches from the arrow.

Now just start shooting the bow as you normally would. Once you have fired your normal arrows, now fire your fletchless arrows. Doing this will allow you to check the true tuning of the bow. Your goal is for the fletchless arrows to be in the middle of your grouping. 

Once you are shooting naturally then you will have found that your bow has been tuned. After you have fine tuned your bow, it is unlikely that you will need to re-adjust the button again.

It should be noted that there are many different types of pressure buttons out there on the market, so it is your job to find the best one that will work for you and once you find the right pressure button for you, it can last you years and maybe even decades, so it is definitely a worthy investment.

Pressure buttons are also not a ‘quick fix’, you will still need to execute good form whilst shooting, but a pressure button can definitely improve your form, there is a reason top archers in the world use them! 

Final Thoughts

Hopefully now from reading this small guide you understand more about what pressure buttons are and why they are useful to have on your bow.

It is definitely something you should invest in as good pressure buttons will last a long time and whilst the button won’t drastically improve your form, it will certainly aim to correct any margin of error whilst firing your bow. 

Tuning your bow is also important, having an untuned bow can cause arrows to misfire or your arrow could be constantly hitting your bow and that doesn’t make for a fun archery session.

It can be a boring and lengthy process, but at least you know once it is tuned it most likely won’t need to be tuned again and you’re on your way to becoming a pro archer.

I am the founder and chief editor here at BowAddicted. I love my kids, archery, and the outdoors! It's been an amazing journey so far with some ups and downs, but it's worth it to spend time outside with friends and family.

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